Cook With Manali's Tomato Chutney

South Indian style Tomato Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to idli, dosa & vadas! It's easy to make with basic kitchen ingredients! Vegan

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword tomato chutney
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 47 kcal
Author: Manali


  • 1/2 tablespoon oil, use oil of choice
  • 1.5 teaspoon chana dal
  • 3-4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, chopped, 100 grams, I used white onion
  • 2-3 dried red chilies, adjust to taste
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped, 350 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder, optional, for bright color


  • 1 teaspoon oil, use oil of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • pinch hing, also known as asafoetida
  • 6-7 curry leaves


  1. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a kadai/pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chana dal and cook for around 2-3 minutes or until the dal is golden in color. Remove the dal from pan and set aside.

  2. To the same pan now add garlic, onion and dried red chilies. Increase the amount of red chilies as per your taste.

  3. Cook for around 3 minutes until the onions are soft. Then add in the tomatoes and salt and stir.

  4. Cook the tomatoes until they are soft and mushy, around 6-7 minutes. 

  5. Let it cool down a bit and then transfer to a blender along with the roasted chana dal.

  6. Grind to a smooth paste. I also added 1/4 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder while grinding but that's optional. Transfer chutney to a bowl.

  7. To make the tadka/tempering, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan on medium heat. 

  8. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Then add the hing and curry leaves. Saute for a minute until the curry leaves turn little crisp.

  9. Transfer the tempering to the tomato chutney and mix. Enjoy tomato chutney with dosa/idlis or even parathas.

Recipe Notes

  1. I like this chutney more when it's chilled so pop it in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
  2. If you like spicy food, increase the amount of dried red chilies in the chutney.
  3. You may also add roasted peanuts to the chutney.
Nutrition Facts
Tomato Chutney
Amount Per Serving
Calories 47 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 238mg10%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 36.1mg44%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.