onion tomato chutney recipe, how to make tomato onion chutney recipe

4.6 from 25 votes

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.

onion tomato chutney

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. you can also check this spicy kara chutney and tomato chutney recipe.

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.

if you are looking for more chutney recipes then do check:

onion tomato chutney recipe below:

onion tomato chutney recipe
4.6 from 25 votes

onion tomato chutney recipe

tomato onion chutney recipe - easy to make onion tomato chutney for idli and dosa.

course side dish
cuisine south indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 20 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana

ingredients (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 (sookhi lal mirch) - kept whole or broken, deseeded if you prefer
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • a small piece of tamarind (imli) - 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)

how to make recipe

  1. heat the oil. lower the flame. add the urad dal and when they start to become light brown, add the red chilies.
  2. saute till the urad dal become golden.
  3. add the onions and saute till light brown. add the tomatoes and asafoetida. season with salt.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. serve tomato onion chutney with idli, dosa or medu vada.

how to make tomato onion chutney recipe:

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.

onion tomato chutney recipe, onion tomato chutney


dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.

95 thoughts on “onion tomato chutney recipe, how to make tomato onion chutney recipe

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

    • Neema, yes you can.

  2. Made this for breakfast , turned out to be really well ..thanks for recipe.

    • welcome pooja

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

    • 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  6. Does this freeze well?

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

  7. 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.

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

    • thanks for the feedback sandeep.

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. looking very tasty

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

    • thankyou renuga 🙂

  13. 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.

  14. Thanks for this awesome recipies.

    • thank and welcome nimita.

  15. I made this for lunch. This recipe is easy and very tasty!!

    • thanks sari

  16. Super tasty chutney

  17. 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.

  18. Came out very nice … Thank you 🙂

    • welcome

  19. Dear dassana thanx 4 the tasty rcpy love 2 read ur recpies keep sharing pls

    • welcome saba

  20. Very nice nd easy 2 make I’ll surely make its thnx 4 sharing

    • welcome saba

  21. You are a wonderful cook…and descriptions are beautiful…I always see your website whenever I want to try something new…specially paneer recipes and u r marvellous. …

    • thanks neelambari for sharing positive feedback. glad to know this.

  22. I always feel so happy whenever I find recipes on ur website, m looking for.
    I feel assured about the taste of dishes…

    Thanks alot :-*

    • welcome pratha. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  23. Try this chutney as below:
    Stir the spaghetti into the sauce, adding a splash of the pasta water to loosen, if needed.

    Serve with basil leaves sprinkled over the top and use finely grate the Parmesan cheese, then sprinkle over.

    • thats innovative. thanks for sharing.

  24. Dear dassana…
    Thnks fr this lvly tasty chutney… i m a big faaaàan of ur dishes..

    • welcome anjeeta. thanks for your kind words.

  25. Can I use tomato paste instead?

    • tania, you can use but i won’t be able to tell you how much quantity.

  26. Maza aa gea

  27. Saved my day with your recipe. easy and clean. Tasted as good too.



    • welcome navin. glad to know this.

  28. Dear Dassana

    As a first time cook, I have searched high and low for easy to follow yet delicious recipes. I must say, your website has easily become my go-to guide for everyday cooking. The presentation of the recipes is very succinct and easy to follow. Even more than that, the recipes themselves are Delicious. I must credit you from turning me from someone who had a fit every time the cook / maid would not come, to someone who now cooks for his family and friends.

    Thank You so much. Keep up the great work.

    • welcome avi. good to know this. knowing cooking always helps. you don’t have to depend upon anybody for your meals. thanks for your kind words.

  29. Hi thsnks .tried the recipe turned out very well fact one cant ho wrong bith ur recipe.i just happend to casuslly mention to a friend if mine who is a chettiar frm chennai.i gve below chettinad veriatin.instead of udad dal.they use roasted peanuts kadipata ginger and little jaggery.

    • thanks rema. cooking is an art, but at times things do go wrong with my recipes too. thanks for sharing the chettinad version. i will give it a try.

  30. Hi Dassana,

    I’ve been trying out several of your recipes for about a year. Almost all have turned out perfectly. I made this chutney for the second time today and it was a hit again. It is a perfect accompaniment for crisp dosa and sambar. Thank you very much. Keep doing what you do 🙂

    • welcome cheryl. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive review on recipes.

  31. Awesome recipes. Got to see this jz whn searching to see how fresh kokum looks. Not yet cookd these recipes. But Definitely wil do. Thanks for ur patience n effort.

    • welcome bangaaru. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  32. oh cant even tell you how delish it was. My husband is a huge fan of chutney’s and i made this and the other one pudina and dhaniya chutney and he is a fan now. He wants me to make these almost every other week. Thanks so very much for these superb recipes.
    Much love 🙂

    • welcome abhiruchi. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on chutney recipes.

  33. very nicely presented the dish,thank you,

    • welcome george.

  34. Thankyou so much vegreceipesofindia..Evry receipe i try out from diz website turns to b successful n tasty..Taught me so many new receipes..

    • welcome monica. glad to know this.

  35. As always, it was as tasty as much as it was simple to make. Your double depiction (once with the pictures and the next with a quick bullet point summary) makes it extremely easy for readers to be sure that what they are doing in each step is yielding the right result and it somewhere gives the confidence that its going to turn out as tasty as it is intended to be. The chutney made a wonderful side for a nice dosa breakfast on a weekend morning. Thanks to you, as always.

    • welcome hemanth. good to know that the recipe presentation is helpful in cooking. feedback from readers help us to improve the website.

  36. Merci, votre recette

    • welcome

  37. Thanks for the excellent recipe and Ur pic demonstration

    • welcome venkatesh

  38. nice…….

  39. Marvellous

  40. Tried today and had one of the best chutneys ever.

  41. Thanks a lot ma’am my mom made idli ad i wanted to make the chutey so i referred to your site and it turned out to be great!!!

    • welcome aditya. glad to know that you liked the chutney.

  42. Nice n easy recipies!!!

    • thanks.

  43. good receipe… i was looking quick and easy method of making chutney.. nice receipe… thanks a lot

    • welcome priya.

  44. nice recipes. very easy to prepare. thank you.

    • thanks.

  45. Good chutney goes nice with dosa

  46. ultimate………turned out so…..good

    • thanks monisa for feedback

  47. hi,
    I tried it, came out very nice thanks…. 🙂

    • welcome priya

  48. Ms.dassana,
    The tomato onion and red chilli chutneys are mouth watering. keep it up.

    • thanks shaik gani

  49. Hello Dassana,

    This chutney turned out so good that my girls finished it of in one breakfast! Thanks for sharing it.

    • welcome bindu

  50. one of my fav chutney.. So simple and tasty one

  51. looks delicious… 🙂

    • thanks heena

  52. i liked the swril… well taken 😀 this is my amma version 😀

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