How To: Make Authentic South Indian Tomato Chutney At Home 

Suruchi Patwary , 11 Jun 2019
Homemade Authentic South Indian Tomato Chutney By Vidhi Doshi
Homemade Authentic South Indian Tomato Chutney By Vidhi Doshi

South Indian cuisine is one of the few cuisines that you can enjoy at any time of the day during any season of the year, right? It’s healthy yet so tasty at the same time—a combo that’s hard to find, TBH! And if you’re someone who is a fan of the authentic tomato chutney served with idlis and dosas, just like I am, then this recipe is just the right one for you. Our super talented girl Vidhi Doshi a.k.a @Ramenhairedgirl shared this 9-step recipe to make the perfect tomato chutney at home without any hassle, read on to find out how!

What You’ll Need

2 tbsp oil
3 tsp urad dal 
1 tbsp chana dal
10 curry leaves
2 Kashmiri chilies (stems discarded)
1 green chilli roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves (smashed)
1 small onion (roughly chopped)
2 large tomatoes (chopped)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
A pinch of hing

Here’s How You Can Put It All Together

Step 1: Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and add 1 tbsp chana dal and 2 tsp urad dal in it. Sauté this for 1 minute on a slow-medium flame till they’re fragrant and start getting golden.

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Step 2: Add 5 curry leaves to it and sauté again for 30 seconds.

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Step 3: Now add the Kashmiri red chilli and sauté for 30 more seconds.

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Step 4: Now add 1 roughly chopped green chilli, 2 smashed garlic cloves, 1 roughly chopped small onion. Mix well and sauté for 1-2 minutes till the onions start to get translucent.

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Step 5: Now add 2 large (or 3 medium) chopped tomatoes, 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder, salt to taste and 2-3 tbsp of water so that the tomatoes don’t burn, mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes till the water has evaporated and the raw taste of the tomatoes is gone.

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Step 6: Cool it down and later blend it into a smooth chutney.

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Step 7: For the tadka, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp urad dal to it and sauté for 1 minute.

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Step 8: Add 5 curry leaves, a pinch of hing and sauté again for a few more seconds.

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Step 9: Add the tadka to the chutney and it’s ready!

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Wasn’t that easy? Well, the next time I have a South Indian feast at home, I am definitely going to try this out and surprise my parents! What do you think about this, will you try this recipe out? Let us know in the comments below.

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