Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Thakkali Chutney | Tomato Chutney

Thakkali Chutney, a delicious and easy to make chutney with tomatoes as main ingredients. It tastes great with both idli and dosa varieties. In our home, Amma makes thakkali chutney with coconut and everyone at home likes it so much. 

But the recipe that i'm sharing today doesn't have any coconut and it's super special to me because today in this recipe i have used our garden tomatoes. If you've followed me on IG, you might already knew about it. Cooking with the veggies that you've grown gives such a immense pleasure, every first time veggie growers can relate to my joy. 
Around last April we planted a  few slices of tomatoes in a pot for the first time. In the past, we used to grow a few varieties of flowers mainly like roses, marigold and hibiscus and never thought about growing any veggies since we're in an apartment.

But this year, ST did some searching on the internet and came up with few veggies that we can grow easily in a container. One among them is tomatoes. Watching them grow, learning about the plant anatomy and what works or not, all are really interesting in this process. 

Do you know all commercial growers, prune the plants to yield more tomatoes?Pruning the tomato plant means cutting off the excess branches and leaves, so that all the energy goes to yield more tomatoes. All the article says it helps the plant to yield more ripe fruits. Really?? How does it help the plant? It only helps us to harvest more, right?

It sounds so wrong to us so we didn't prune our plants and let it grow naturally. Finally after 3 months, couple of tomatoes are ready to use today, so i made this delicious tomato chutney as a side for dosa today. It's  even more tastier than usual knowing that the tomatoes are grown by us :-) 

Thakkali Chutney | Tomato Chutney

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Chutney | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Thakkali/ Tomato - 2
Pearl onion - 3
Red chili - 4
Chana dal - 2 tsp
Garlic - 2 pods
Carrot - 1/4 inch piece
Salt - to taste
Sesame Oil - 1 tsp
To Temper 
Sesame Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard & urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few

Peal the onions & garlic. Cut the tomatoes and carrot into small pieces. Heat the pan with oil, add the red chili & chana dal  and roast till they dals are golden brown and keep it aside.
In the same pan, add the onions, carrots & garlic, saute it for 2 mins and then add the tomatoes & salt. 
Saute them for about 2 mins. Cover the kadai with lid and cook till they are soft and let it cool a bit. In the mean time, add the roasted chili & dal in a mixie jar and grind into coarse mixture.
Next add the tomatoes into jar along with the little water(i have used the washed water from the pan) and grind into smooth paste.
Temper the ingredients listed under "To Temper" and add into the chutney. 
Tasty Tomato Chutney is ready. Serve it with idli/dosa
For more side dish for idli & dosa, check out my collection.

  • Sweetness from the carrot helps to balance out the tomato tartness.
  • Adding dal gives thickness to the chutney, otherwise the chutney would be runny.
  • Sesame oil gives great flavor to the chutney.

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