Onion Tomato Chutney for Idly or Dosa

Onion tomato chutney

Onion tomato chutney is a classic South Indian condiment that is typically served alongside idly or dosa, two popular breakfast dishes in the region. This flavorful chutney is made by sautéing onions, tomatoes, and spices until they're soft and fragrant, then blending them into a smooth paste.

To make onion tomato chutney, start by heating oil in a pan and adding in some mustard seeds and urad dal. Once they start to splutter, add in finely chopped onions, garlic, red chilies and sauté until they turn translucent. Then, add in diced tomatoes and cook until they're soft and mushy. Finally, add salt, and blend everything together into a smooth chutney.

This chutney is perfect for adding a burst of flavor to your idly or dosa. You can also use it as a dip for other snacks like vada or pakoras.

Onion tomato chutney is a healthy and nutritious condiment that's easy to make and perfect for anyone who loves South Indian cuisine. It's also a great way to use up any leftover onions and tomatoes that you may have in your pantry. Give this recipe a try and enjoy the delicious flavors of South India right at home!

Onion tomato chutney


  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp urad dal
  • 4 red chilies
  • curry leaves
  • 2 medium chopped onions
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • salt per taste
  • little tamarind
  • 4 chopped tomatoes
  • Tadka/Tempering:
    • 1 tsp oil
    • 1/2 tsp  mustard seeds
    • 1/2 tsp urad dal
    • little asafotida
    • curry leaves



  • Heat oil in a pan and add in urad dal, red chilies, and curry leaves. Let the mustard seeds splutter.
  • Add in the chopped onions, garlic cloves, salt and sauté until they turn translucent.
  • Now, add in the diced tomatoes, tamarind and cook until they turn soft and mushy.
  • Allow the mixture to cool down and then transfer it to a blender. Blend until it becomes a smooth chutney. 
  • Heat some oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds, urad dal, asafotida and curry leaves. wait until mustards seeds splutters, then pour them to the blended chutney and mix well.
  • Serve hot with idly or dosa, or use it as a dip for other snacks.
  • Enjoy the delicious flavors of onion tomato chutney!