Tomato Chutney/Thakkali Thuvayal

When you order a plate of Idly or Dosa at any hotel in Tamil Nadu, this is one of those chutneys that will accompany your plate by default. It’s another totally uncomplicated chutney. You can prepare this in no time even if you have to rush to work!


  • 5 large ripe tomatoes chopped
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 3 cloves or garlic
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • Gingelly oil
  • Salt to taste
For Tempering
  • Gingelly oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp uluntham paruppu (split black gram)
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 3 red chillies
  • In pan heat 2 tbsp oil, add fenugreek seeds and when it splutters, add the onions, red chillies and garlic. Saute until onions turn golden brown.
  • Add tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Saute until the tomatoes are cooked. Turn off stove and allow to cool.
  • Blend the sauted onions and tomatoes in a blender along with salt to a fine paste. Transfer this into a serving bowl.
  • In a small pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds and uluntham paruppu. When it splutters, reduce the flame, add red chillies and curry leaves. Turn off stove immediately and pour the tempering over the chutney. Serve with piping hot idlies or dosas!

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