Tomato & Onion Chutney

South Indian cuisine (namely Idli, Dosa, Vadai) is never complete unless it is accompanied by a flavorful chutney. Two of the most popular chutneys are Coconut Chutney and Tomato Onion Chutney. This particular Tomato Onion Chutney recipe uses fragrant Sesame Oil to season it. Although simple in it’s preparation, it’ll really add a whole new flavor dimension to your meal.


Sesame Oil – 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp (divided)
Onions – 2 small, chopped
Crushed Tomatoes – 14 oz
Salt – to taste
Red Chili Powder – to taste
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Whole Dry Red Chili – 1
Asafoetida (hing) – 1/8 tsp


1. Heat 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil in a pan.
2. Saute Onions until lightly caramelized.
3. Add Crushed Tomatoes and cook until oil separates.
4. Add Salt and Red Chili Powder, mix well.
5. Cool lightly and pulse blend the mixture.
6. Remove chutney into a serving bowl.
7. In a small skillet, heat 1 tsp Sesame Oil.
8. Add Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop.
9. Break and add Whole Red Chili.
10. Add Asafoetida, mix lightly and add seasoning to the chutney. Mix well and serve.

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0 thoughts on “Tomato & Onion Chutney

  1. Just wanted to say I loved this recipe. I think I’m going to try and devise a sauce for pasta, inspired by this. Thank you so much!

  2. Hi Anuja and Hetal,
    Can I make this a day or two ahead of time? If so, should I add the seasoning(tadka) when i first make it, or wait until just before serving?

    1. Hi Judy,

      Yes, you can make it ahead of time. It should remain fresh in the fridge for up to a week. Adding the seasoning before serving will make the chutney taste “freshly” made.

  3. Dear Hetal and Anuja

    We make this chutney all the time for Idlis and dosas (we are south indians), but with slight variations. We add little tamarind and a garlic clove when you saute the rest of the ingredients. It comes out really tasty too. Thanks a lot for posting the recipe.


      1. Hi Hetal and Anuja , even though you people speak endlish foreing people but are indians .Hey your recipes look really very aswome .I loved it when I saw your video . It looked really very asowme . please tell me some more recipes very very soon.

  4. Hi hetal and Anuja..

    Very nice recipe..I use to make the tomato and onions curry for chapati and rice..quite a same method,but i didnt tried making chutney.. I will try this..

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