Idly and Sambar is the best breakfast combo I ever tasted in my life so far though there are many other combos available. Replacing sambar with some other curries is out of my imagination since I am not a fan of coconut dishes. Coconut chutney is also used along with Idly at home. My continuous search to find a good substitute for the coconut chutney made me to do some alterations in one of my favourite recipes, tomato fry, and there came this cute chutney. I love this chutney very much due two simple reasons – very few ingredients and very little preparation time.


  • Onion – 3 big, thinly sliced
  • Tomato ripen – 3 equally big, sliced
  • Ginger – 1” piece, crushed and coarsely chopped
  • Garlic – 10-12 flakes, chopped
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 tbsp (adjustable) /5-6 dried red chilly
  • Salt to taste


Method of Preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan and saute’  ginger-garlic for few seconds and add thinly sliced onion with a pinch of salt and fry for 3-4 mins over medium heat
  • Now add thinly sliced tomatoes and curry leaves, fry over medium heat until tomatoes are done well
  • Stir in chilly powder and combine well and turn off the heat, let it cool to the room temperature.
  • If you are using dried red chilly, add it along with the onion sliced



When it is cooled, grind all the ingredients together in a blender with boiled and cooled water to a smooth paste. If you like the tidbits of ginger-garlic, grind it to a coarse paste. Your chutney is ready and it is an ideal side dish for dosa/idly.



Tomato-Onion chutney is an ideal spread for the bread. It tastes the best when it is sandwiched between the bread slices…. enjoy your chutney….

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