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Thakkali Chutney

Tomato chutney, a simple everyday condiment made with fresh tomatoes. Thakkali Chutney, an essential condiment on the breakfast table.
Course Appetizer, Condiments, Delicious sides
Cuisine South-Indian
Keyword 10 minutes chutney, Chutney with tomatoes, Easy thakkali chutney, Quick and easy chutney recipe, South-indian style chutney, Tambrahm style thakkali chutney, Thakkali chutney recipe, தக்காளி சட்னி
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 36kcal


  • 4 nos plump red tomatoes
  • 4 nos red chillies i used round variety
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds Roughly pounded in a mortar pestle
  • 3 tablespoon freshly grated coconut optional
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • coriander leaves for garnish optional


  • 2 teaspoon oil i prefer to use cold pressed groundnut oil/gingely oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds/kadugu
  • ¼ teaspoon hing/asafoetida
  • few curry leaves


  • Wash the tomatoes in water. Chop them roughly .
  • Heat a kadai with oil, given under tempering. Temper it with mustard seeds, hing, red chilies and curry leaves.
  • To this hot tempering add, chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute.
  • To this add turmeric powder, pounded coriander seeds, salt, and coconut. Add ½ cup of water to this .
  • Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. By this time, the tomatoes would have softened well.
  • Take it off heat and let it cool. Blend it smooth with an immersion blender.
  • I normally use immersion blend to blend the chutney. If using, normal blender or mixie jar, wait for the contents to cool well to avoid any mishap in the kitchen.
  • Adjust the consistency of the chutney if needed. Serve the chutney with idly/dosa or any South-indian breakfast


  • Coriander seeds in the chutney add wonderful aroma and taste to the chutney. So don't omit it. 
  • Add coconut is optional but gives the chutney volume and creaminess. 


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg