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Tomato Chutney- For Dosa

Tomato Chutney- For Dosa

I had absolutely no idea a dosa tomato chutney actually existed until one my friends', Shwata, invited me over for dinner at her place. Her mum had specially prepared a South Indian meal for myself and Neetu without onion and garlic.  Naturally, Neetu and I completely pigged out and I could barely move. The next step after enjoying this meal was to find out all the recipes. This tomato chutney recipe is vaguely on the instructions from Shwata's mum. I deleted the exact recipe that was forwarded to me and this is from what I can remember. 

Ingredients for the tomato chutney

  • 3 medium sized tomatoes- roughly chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 tsp salt ( adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice ( optional)

For the tempering

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1-2 dried red chillies
  • 10 curry leaves


  1. For the chutney, heat the oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add in the urad dal, chana dal, dried chillies and ginger, Saute for a few seconds.
  2. Add in the tomatoes, salt and lemon juice and let the chutney cook until the tomatoes are mushy and cooked.
  3. Let the mixture cool and grind to a smooth paste.
  4. Heat the oil for tempering in a tadka pan ( called a vaghariyu in gujarati)
  5. Once the oil is hot, add in the mustard seeds till the crackle, followed by the urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves.
  6. Once the urad dal turns slightly brown, switch the flame off and pour the tempering over the tomato chutney 
  7. Serve with dosa, uttapam or idli.


  • The dals help to thicken the chutney but at the same time reduce the sourness of the chutney. I prefer mine a bit sour and so I added the lemon juice but it is optional.
  • Adding the curry leaves can cause the oil to splatter. Make sure the leaves do not have moisture on them and quickly cover the tadka pan with a newspaper or lid to keep things clean in the kitchen.
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