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Chettinad Onion Tomato Chutney for Dosa/Idli/Pongal.

Chettinad Tomato Chutney.
Chettinad Tomato Chutney.

This chutney is one of my favourites. Its very simple and easy but one that I often make when I feel I want something tangy and spicy and rich!!! It uses simple everyday ingredients that one that throw in and pulse in a few minutes. I remember the delicious three chutney combination that they serve in Saravana Bhavan in Chennai. Crisp but not too soft, fragrant dosas served with tri colour chutnies – tomato, mint and thick white coconut. I was always partial to the tomato and the white chutney and would ask for seconds and often wonder how always the dosa gets done before the chutney does….It`s also a good side for Venn Pongal, rotis and even curd rice… Try it and you`ll love it.


1 Medium Onion.

4 Roma Tomatoes

4 red chillies.

3 spoons of light Coconut Milk.


Curry Leaves.

Green Onions to garnish.


Mustard, Broken Urad Dhal, Curry Leaves.


  • Chop the onions and tomatoes in to long slices.
  • In a kadai, add 2 spoons of oil and when hot, add mustard, broken urad dhal, red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Saute for a few seconds and add the chopped onions.
  • Saute again till the onions are pink and then add the tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle sufficient salt and mix till the water is all reduced and the tomatoes are cooked well.
  • Grind all the sauteed ingredients along with 3 spoons of coconut milk to a smooth paste.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and chopped spring onions for a burst of colour and flavour.
  • Is an excellent accompaniment with Dosa, Idlies and Pongal.

19 thoughts on “Chettinad Onion Tomato Chutney for Dosa/Idli/Pongal.

  1. Using coconut milk is a good idea. While giving the flavor of coconut, it will keep the chutney light. Looks like it will make a good sandwich spread too.

  2. wooo,nice chutney,adding coconut milk is new to me..will try it out soon!!do visit my blog at ur free time shoba:)

  3. This is new to me ,but it would make surely a nice condiment for various snacks and dosa.Thnks for sharing the tangy recipe πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Shobha…

    I m Rakhee’s sis.Remember me??
    I tried this chutney..awesome..We liked it a lot…
    I m a great fan of ur blog now!!!

  5. Hello Reshmi,

    I am glad that you liked this dish. It is always on the top hits on my blogsite everyday. Keep trying new items and send me your comments. Reading them are always a pleasure and I welcome suggestions.


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  7. Hi .. i was always curious about this word chettinad..when i landed at ur site i have gone through this “chettinad onion tomato chutney” and tried it out yesterday it came out quite well ..i do the version of adding dry roasted sesame powder with little variation which is spicy..My kid loved it too she ate it with idlis she is almost 3yrs old..
    Thank you for this recipe..Between u got quite good recipes im definetly benefit from yours..cheers pavani :)..check out my site –

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