Tomato chutney with onion and garlic can be closely compared to relish or thick sauce that is spicy and tangy. It is a great accompaniment with many Indian breakfast dishes like Dosa, Idli, Uttapam, and the like. Some also enjoy it with bread and roti. Dunking a piece of any of these breakfast items in this chutney is sure to bring out all the tastebuds alive. As the name suggests, this flavorsome relish is made with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and spices. They are all fried in oil and ground together to a fine paste.
This season we got many homegrown fresh tomatoes of various sizes and types Cherry, Roma, Beefsteak, and the like. I ended up making this delicious chutney so many times with all the kinds of tomatoes that we harvested. There's something about the homegrown tomatoes that gives this relish a very unique and appetizing taste. You can also make them with store-bought organic tomatoes to get a similar taste. It is very simple and straightforward to make this side dish. This chutney can also be made in advance and preserved in the refrigerator for about a week or more.
A delicious mouthwatering relish made with tomatoes, onion , garlic and spices and a great accompaniment to many breakfast items.
- 5 medium sized tomatoes If using cherry tomatoes, use equivalent of that
- 4 large garlic pods chopped
- ½ medium sized red onion finely chopped
- 4-5 shallots halved
- 1 tbsp tomato paste canned
- 2 red chillies dried
- 4 tsp Kashnmiri Chilly powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 stalk curry leaves
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 red chillies dried
- ¼ tsp urad dal (split black gram )
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
In a thick bottomed pan, heat oil .Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
Add curry leaves and dried red chillies.
Add garlic and sautee for a while.
Add onions and shallots and fry them for about 5 minutes.
Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and sugar.Sautee fro 2 to 3 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes , sautee.Cook covered for about 10 minutes .
After a while , the water will evaporate .Keep cooking till it leaves oil from the sides.
Add in the tomato paste and mix it well.
Cool the mixture and grind it to a fine paste.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
Add dried red chillies, split black gram, and curry leaves.
Add this to the ground paste.
Tomato chutney is ready to be served.
Tips to make a delicious Tomato chutney with onion and garlic
Ensure to fry the tomatoes, onion, and garlic in oil very well so that the raw taste disappears. It is preferable to fry all the ingredients until it leaves oil from the sides of the pan. If you are using very small tomatoes, you can skip chopping them and fry them as is, so you can save some time. The bigger tomatoes of course will need to be chopped into small pieces, so they are fried well.
Adding a teaspoon of sugar is optional. The addition of sugar however enhances the taste of this dish, especially if the tomatoes are sour and even otherwise. Tomato paste addition is optional as well and you can skip it if you do not like using canned paste. I normally add the paste to get a nice bright color and an appealing look. You can also choose to skip the tempering step in the end as the ingredients for the chutney are already fried in oil.
Hope you enjoy making and savoring this simple and mouthwatering side dish. If you try this recipe, I would love to hear how it turned out in the comments below. Thanks for reading!