Thakkali chutney

A tasty side dish for idli / dosa or chapati

Recipe by hfshama of kuwait, KW

Thakkali (tomato) chutney is very famous south indian chutney done in many ways. This is the way which i make it...

Ingredients non vegetarian 4 servings

  • 5 big sized tomatoes
  • 8 - 10 sambar onions (small onions usually used for sambar)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp chana dal
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper seeds
  • few curry leaves
  • 2 - 3 tsp of white vinegar
  • 2 tsp cooking oil



  1. Peel the onions and cut into pieces.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into big pieces.Remove its seeds while cutting it.
  3. In a cooking vessel , add chopped tomatoes , onions , turmeric powder , chilli powder , salt and enough water and boil it for around 5 to 10 minutes. Don't keep it watery. The water should have got absorbed fully.
  4. Let it cool.
  5. Now grind it coarsely (neither too coarse nor too fine).
  6. In a kadai, add oil. When its heated, add mustard seeds. allow it to crackle. Now add cumin seeds , chana dal , curry leaves, black pepper seeds.fry for a minute.
  7. Add the ground tomato paste.
  8. Stir well.cook for few minutes.
  9. At the end, add vinegar and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Serve with idli / dosa or chapati.


jean chaurasia

This is great and just what I was looking for. Thanks


thanks christy.

christy gerald

christy gerald

Hi hfshama!,adding pepper corns and vinegar twist this tomato chutney to a better taste really.