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Onion Tomato Chutney

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 11:17:00 PM

Onion Tomato chutney is also known as Kara Chutney in Tamil is a very popular and a famous chutney in Tamil Nadu. No South Indian Break fast like idli , dosa, pongal is complete without this delicious chutney. My favorite combination is with kara paniyaram and idli. This is a basic Chutney recipe which is loved by all people and it tastes awesome. 
This chutney is made with onions, tomatoes and tempered to get nice awesome taste and aroma.

To watch Kara chutney recipe in Tamil please click here Onion Tomato Chutney in Tamil


Serving Size           : 3  people

Preparation Time  : 5 minutes

Cooking Time        : 15 minutes

Difficulty: Spice Level:
Quantity Ingredients for Kara Chutney
2 tbsp Oil
2 tsp Urad Dal
2 Tomatoes
4-5 Dry red chilies
small  ball of tamarind
2 cloves Garlic
1 strandCoriander leaf

Salt to Taste

To Temper
1 tsp  Oil
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
2Dry red chilies
1 strand Curry leaves


Cooking Method

Step 1) Heat Oil in a kadai and once the oil is hot add urad dal / ulunthu and saute until it turns golden. Then add dry red chilies. onions , salt and saute it until the onions turns translucent.
Once the onions turns translucent add a small piece of tamarind and also add garlic.

Step 2) Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes soften and the raw smell is gone.Once done add some coriander leaves and turn off the heat. Let it cool completely


Step 3) Once cooled add it to a blender and grid it to a smooth paste.

Step 4) No chutney is complete without tempering so to temper heat a tsp of oil and add mustard seeds, once the seeds pops out add dry red chilies and curry leaves. mix once and turn off the heat. Add the tempering on to the chutney and mix.


That's it our Onion Tomato Chutney is ready in no time. This is an excellent combination with dosa, Idli and Kara paniyaram. You can adjust the spiciness according to your taste preference.This is the most popular chutney in the households of Tamil Nadu. Please do try this kara Chutney recipe and share your feedback .Happy Cooking :)


Onion Tomato chutney aslo know as Kara chutney in Tamil is an awesome side dish for Dosa, Idli and a very good companion for Kara paniyaram.It is very famous in South India and most popular in Tamil Nadu. This Kara chutney is quite easy to make and taste delicious.
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  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 4-5 Dry red chilies
  • small ball of tamarind
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 strand Coriander leaf
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 Dry red chilies
  • 1 Tbsp Roasted Channa Dal
  • 1 strand Curry leaves
  • Curry Leaves

  • Instructions:
    1. heat oil and roast urad dal and dry red chillies
    2. add onions, garlic, tamarind , tomatoes, salt and saute until well cooked
    3. Temper and add it to the chutney
    4. Kara Chutney is ready to be enjoyed with Dosa, Idli , paniyaram

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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