Tomato Onion Chutney Recipe | South Indian Red Chutney Recipe

Tomato Onion Chutney is a popular South Indian Chutney recipe served with many South Indian Breakfasts like Idli, Dosa, Appe, Upma, Idiyappam, Vada, or Uttapam.

Tomato Onion Chutney Recipe | South Indian Red Chutney Recipe

Chutney is a spicy, sweet, or savory condiment popular and originating in  India. It is a kind of Dipping Sauce with smooth, chunky, or coarse textures. Chutney/Chatni comes from the word Chatna which means To Lick. Every household has its way of making it from fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, sugar, and spices.

Here, In this recipe of tomato onion chutney, Onion and Tomato are the main ingredients. In a pan, we add mustard seeds, peanuts, dry red chili, curry leaves, onion, and tomato and cook them until soft and mushy. Then we add turmeric powder, tamarind, and coconut and cook it for some time, and allow it to cool. We will grind all into a smooth paste and add a tempering of oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, and hing to enhance all flavor.

This recipe is easy and tastes yummy. It is tangy and spicy, which typically helps in balancing the flavors of any dish.

Tomato Onion Chutney Recipe | South Indian Red Chutney Recipe

Key Notes:

  • Use Fresh Ingredients for the best flavor.
  • If you are allergic to peanuts, then alternatively, you can also use Daliya Dal ( aka Roasted Chana Dal).
  • Adjust the spice level and taste according to your preference.
  • Skip adding tamarind if the tomatoes you are using are Sour and Tangy.

This Red Chutney recipe is:

  • Gluten-Free (Skip adding Asafoetida in the recipe)
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Tasty
  • Nutritional
  • Flavourful


Tomato Onion Chutney Recipe | South Indian Red Chutney Recipe


You can store this chutney in a refrigerator for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container. You can also freeze this chutney for up to 1-2 months and use it accordingly. 

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Tomato Onion Chutney Recipe | South Indian Red Chutney Recipe
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Suji Appe is an instant south Indian breakfast recipe prepared with semolina, curd, veggies, and Spices.
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 1 cup
  • Tomatoes - 2-3, chopped
  • Onion - 1, chopped
  • Dry red chili - 2-4, as per liking
  • Peanuts - ¼ cup, optional
  • Tamarind - 1 small piece
  • Fresh coconut - ¼ cup
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp, optional
  • Salt - ½ tsp, as per taste
  • For tampering :
  • Oil/Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 4-5 leaves
  • Hing - a pinch
Instructions ( 1 cup = 250 ml, 1 tbsp = 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml)
  1. In a pan, add oil.
  2. Add mustard seeds.
  3. When they start to splutter, add peanuts, dry red chili, and curry leaves.
  4. Fry until peanuts are cooked.
  5. Add chopped onion.
  6. Cook until onion turns translucent.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes.
  8. Mix well. Cover and cook until tomatoes turn soft and mashy.
  9. Add salt, turmeric powder, tamarind, and chopped coconut.
  10. Cook for a min or so.
  11. Turn off the flame.
  12. Let it cool down.
  13. When cooled down completely, grind it and make a thick chutney.
  14. Do not add water while grinding in a mixer.
  15. In a tadka pan add oil / ghee.
  16. Add mustard seeds.
  17. Add urad dal and curry leaves.