onion tomato chutney

Onion tomato chutney recipe with step by step photos. I do like tomato onion chutney, but my preference is always for Coconut chutney with idli and dosa. So most of the times I end up making different varieties of coconut chutney, when I make idli or dosa.

To make this onion tomato chutney is easy and you can just change the taste a bit here or there, by altering the proportions of onion, tomato, dry red chilies and tamarind. I have used equal proportions in weight of the onion and tomato in this recipe.

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I have not tempered the chutney towards the end, but just to perk up and make it more flavorsome you can temper with mustard seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves. But there is really no need. As the chutney tastes good even without tempering.

I served the tomato onion chutney with crisp dosas made in an easy way. No soaking and grinding method. Its so easy to make dosa using the method shared in the recipe.

How to make tomato onion chutney

1. Heat 1 tbsp sunflower oil (or peanut oil) and add ½ tsp urad dal.

oil for making onion tomato chutney recipe

2. Once they start to become light brown, add 1-2  dry red chilies. So by the time the urad dal turns to a maroonish color, the red chilies would also have changed color. Make sure you don’t burn them.

red chilies for onion tomato chutney recipe

3. Add 2 medium sized chopped onions (100 grams onion) and saute till they are light golden.

onions for onion tomato chutney recipe

4. When the onions have become light golden, add 2 medium sized chopped tomatoes (100 grams), a pinch of asafoetida and salt as required.

tomatoes for onion tomato chutney recipe

5. Stir and saute till the tomatoes have softened and cooked. This step is important as you don’t want the raw aroma of tomatoes in the chutney. If the tomatoes start sticking to the pan, then just sprinkle some water on them and continue to saute.

tomatoes for onion tomato chutney recipe

6. So now the tomatoes are cooked and softened.

cooked tomatoes for onion tomato chutney recipe

7. Let the chutney mixture become warm or cool. Later add in a chutney grinder or a small blender jar. Add a small piece of tamarind (approx ½ tsp of seedless tightly packed tamarind) too.

onion tomato chutney mixture

8. Without adding any water grind the chutney till smooth. You can also make it semi coarse if you prefer. If you are unable to grind, then you can add some water.

onion tomato chutney recipe preparation

9. Serve the onion tomato chutney as an accompaniment with idli or dosa or medu vada.

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onion tomato chutney

4.77 from 26 votes
Easy to make onion tomato chutney for idli and dosa.
onion tomato chutney recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 100 grams onion - about 2 medium sized onions
  • 100 grams tomatoes - about 1 large tomato or 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (spilt and husked black gram)
  • 1 to 2 dry red red chilies - kept whole or broken, deseeded if you prefer
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • a small piece of tamarind - approx ½ teaspoon of seedless tightly packed tamarind
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil or peanut oil or sesame oil - not the asian variety of sesame oil
  • salt as required
  • water as required for grinding the chutney (optional)


  • Heat the oil. Lower the flame. Add the urad dal and when they start to become light brown, add the red chilies.
  • Saute till the urad dal become golden.
  • Add the onions and saute till light brown. Add the tomatoes and asafoetida. Season with salt.
  • Saute till the tomatoes become soft, pulpy and are completely cooked. The rawness of the tomatoes should go away, otherwise you will get the raw aroma of the tomatoes in the chutney.
  • Cool this onion tomato mixture and then grind in a chutney grinder with tamarind. No need to add water while grinding. But if you are unable to grind then add little water.
  • Check the taste and add some more salt or tamarind if required and continue to grind to a smooth chutney. Pour the chutney in a serving bowl.
  • You can temper the chutney with mustard seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves if you want. But without the tempering, also the onion chutney tastes good.
  • Serve tomato onion chutney with idli, dosa or medu vada.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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99 comments/reviews

  1. Too good????5 stars

    • thank you.

  2. Thank you for the recipe its simple and tastier which we can prepare in an emergencies……5 stars

    • thanks.

  3. Hi,
    Can I make this an an accompaniment for puris?

    • Neema, yes you can.

  4. Made this for breakfast , turned out to be really well ..thanks for recipe.5 stars

    • welcome pooja

  5. Awesome recipe, i always wanted to make this.
    P.S it is given in the recipe not to add water, but add water.5 stars

    • i have kept the water part optional as depending on the size and type of mixer-grinder, it may be required to add some water while grinding. so if the mixer is able to grind the chutney easily, then no need to add water. if not, then 1 to 2 tablespoons of water can be added.

  6. Thank you..my son was behind this chutney for long time..and I could prepare it, it came out so well..5 stars

    • welcome shwetha and thanks for sharing your feedback on the recipe.

  7. Made this today.. turned out quite well. Love the fact that the recipe is so simple and not complicated by too many ingredients..
    Very easy and quick to prepare accompaniment for dosa.4 stars

    • Thanks Priya. Glad to know that you liked the chutney recipe.

  8. Does this freeze well?

    • i have never tried freezing this onion tomato chutney, so i have no idea about this.

  9. made this today. its so tasty

    • onion tomato chutney is tasty. you can also try onion chutney, which is also tasty. thanks for the feedback.

  10. made it today taste same as i were expecting,thank you very much for explaning,in details

    • thanks for the feedback sandeep.

  11. Awsome chutney. Was a befitting reply to my husbands complaints about my culinary skill. My newly wed sil tasted it n made it for her mil this morning. The mil was impressed. Thanks a ton

    • thanks for sharing your experience naj. glad to read your comment 🙂

  12. Hi, can you help me with this – the last time I tried this, the chutney turned bitter – what could I be doing wrong? Thanks!

    • when you use onions, remove or slice the part which has roots. this part can be less bitter or very bitter depending on the type of onions. so discard it. also just brown the urad dal. cook on a low flame, so that the dal and red chilies do not get too much darkened or burnt.

  13. looking very tasty

  14. It’s really useful and easily understoode ….

    • thankyou renuga 🙂

  15. Is there any substitute for urad dal?

    • no substitute. but you can use moong dal or chana dal. taste will be slightly different. do brown the dals very well before you grind the chutney.

  16. Thanks for this awesome recipies.

    • thank and welcome nimita.

  17. I made this for lunch. This recipe is easy and very tasty!!5 stars

    • thanks sari

  18. Super tasty chutney

  19. Another one of most wanted recipe for my favorite dish. Another one great recipe from vegrecipesofindia.com. I have tried many of your recipes & I must admit all of them are very good. Great Job…

    • thank you very much swati.