Tuesday 9 July 2013

Thakkali Chutney/Tomato Chutney/தக்காளி சட்னி/Side dish for Idlis, Dosas etc/How to make Thakkali Chutney with step by step photos & Video

We make different types of chutneys as side dish for idlis, dosas etc in South Indian homes and the thirst and search of chutneys never end. This is one of the traditional and authentic South Indian chutneys made in many homes and restaurants. When served with idlis and dosas everybody prefers to eat more idlis just for the sake of this chutney. Just try it out friends, the taste will surely keep lingering in your mouth.  Check out other delectable chutneys here. Please check out the video for the recipe in Tamil

Here's how to make Tomato/Thakkali chutney with step by step photos and video…

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4 [cut to cubes]
2 [cut to cubes]
One inch piece [ finely chopped]
6 cloves [Peeled]
Green chillies
Dry red chillies
Coriander seeds
1 ½ tbsp
As needed
1.5 tbsp

For Tempering
Oil/Gingelly oil
2 tsp
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Urad dal
½ tsp
Curry leaves
Preparation Time: 5 minutes                              Recipe Category: Side Dish/Breakfast
Cooking Time: 15 minutes                                    Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Here's a short video of how to make Thakkali Chutney...

Heat oil in kadai, add dry red chillies and sauté for 20 sec. Add coriander seeds and saute for another 20 sec.           

Now add onions, green chillies, garlic, ginger and saute until they turn golden brown.

Add the tomatoes, salt and saute really well, add needed salt at this stage.

Mix really well, cover and cook for about 2 minutes.

Mash the tomatoes really well.

Add 2 tbsp of cilantro/coriander leaves and mix really well.

Cool it completely and transfer everything to the mixer. Add needed water to the mixer and grind it to fine paste.

Heat oil in a kadai, splutter the mustard seeds. Now add the cumin seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and saute it for 20 sec. Switch off the stove and add the tempering to the chutney.

Yummy and delicious thakkali chutney is ready to be enjoyed.
Tempering is not required, but gives a wonderful taste when the chutney is tempered.
 If the tomatoes are not sour enough you can add one small piece of tamarind when grinding the chutney.

Check out other delectable chutneys/Thuvaiyal here.

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  1. Hi priya, welcome back....This chutney is quite a treat with dosas and idlis.... awesome...

  2. yummy side dishes for dosa or kuzhipaniyaram

  3. Glad you are back in action.. This chutney is one of my favorite combination with dosa and idlis.

  4. Sometimes the gadgets just have to fail - laptops, cameras, handphone etc etc.
    Glad to have you back and glad that you came with the much loved tomato chutney. Bring on any kind of chutneys and I will continue drooling.

  5. Priya SS mouthwatering Tomato chutney ,perfect for Idli Dosa

  6. this is such a tasty and simple chutney.

  7. This chutney is my life saver when I don't like to whip up an elaborate Sambar. Your's look so good Priya :)

  8. படங்கள் எல்லாமே அழகோ அழகு.

    தக்காளி + வெங்காயத்துடன் காரச்சட்னி நாக்கில் நீரை வரவழைக்கிறது.

    “இஞ்சிப்பச்சிடி தொட்டு நக்குடி” என ஓர் பழமொழி எங்கள் ஊரில் சொல்வார்கள். ;)))))

    பாராட்டுக்கள், வாழ்த்துகள்.பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றிகள்.

  9. Neatly explained, well clicked yummy flavourful chutney! :) Wow

  10. love to have this with dosas...

  11. Tomato chutney looks delicious, tempting and comforting Priya :-)

  12. one of my fave chutney, perfect with dosa and idli.

  13. chutney looks delicious ! wonderful side dish !

  14. My favourite delicious chutney.. Love to have with idli and dosa..

  15. Welcome back dear.. A perfect chutney for idlis & dosas :)

  16. That chutney with idli is all what I have in my mind right now :)

  17. Wonderful tomato chutney dear, I make them atleast once a week

  18. Thank you all for the wonderful comments and the warm welcome... with out your encouragement and support nothing is possible...

  19. simple and delicious one..
    Thanks for sharing in WTML EVENT

  20. I tried this Chutney. It is very delicious.


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