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Tomato Mint Chutney | Thakkali Pudhina Chutney

As a South Indian, dosa and idli are our staple food for breakfast and dinner. So whenever I make idli or dosa, I'm in dilemma as to what chutney to make. We get bored of the eating the same coconut chutney or tomato chutney everyday, so I like to try out different chutney recipes. Check out my other chutney recipes for idli and dosa.

Tomato / thakkali chutney is one of the usual chutneys I make for idli or dosa. This time when I made tomato chutney, I added a handful of mint leaves. The addition of mint leaves lends a fresh and unique flavor to this chutney and the mint taste was not too overpowering. This chutney not only goes well with idli and dosa, but can be served with other tiffins items and paratha as well. So next time try this tomato mint combination and I'm sure you will love it!!!


{ South Indian style chutney with tomato and mint leaves }
Serves 3


2 tsp sesame (gingelly) oil / nallennai
4 whole dry red chillies
½ tbsp urad dal / ulutham paruppu / black gram
1 big onion, chopped
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
½ cup mint leaves, tightly packed
¼ tsp tamarind paste
Salt to taste

To temper:
2 tsp sesame (gingelly) oil / nallennai
1 tsp mustard seeds


1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add red chillies, urad dal and fry till dal turns golden. Transfer to a plate.

2. In the same pan, add remaining 1 tsp oil. Add onion and saute till it turns translucent. Then add tomato and fry till it becomes soft.

3. Add the mint leaves, tamarind paste and fry for 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool.

4. Add everything to a mixie / blender along with salt and grind until smooth, without adding any water.

5. Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters pour over the chutney.

Serving Suggestion ~ Idli/dosa or paratha.

Notes and Tips
  • You can use any oil but I recommend sesame oil as it lends a nice flavor.
  • If you want less spice, add 2 or 3 red chillies only.


  1. Lovely combo of tomato and mint!! Yummy chutney!!

  2. Delicious chutney, love it with idlis and dosas..

  3. Such a flavorful chutney n sooper shot!

  4. perfect for all south Indian dishes.. It is good for spreading on the bread too

  5. tempting chutney..lovely colour
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  6. looks delicious, fav chutney with idli dosa but minus mint leaves..will add mint leaves,next tym :)

  7. Mint and tomato combo sounds yummy.. Color of the chutney looks good..

  8. Perfect to go with it

  9. This sounds a very delicious chutney to go with idli and dosa.. Nice presentation and pics..

  10. yummy chutney ...nice clicks

  11. love the colour and very much wanting to have it right now

  12. Flavorful delicious chutney.. nice color and feeling like digging into it with idlis..

  13. Tomato mint chutney looks awesome.. must try it

  14. This chutney looks delicious and very tasty. I love the vibrant color.

  15. Delicious chutney to go with idli and dosai... nice clicks Sona..

  16. Tomato chutney is my favorite to go with idlis.. Like the addition of mint, will try it next time.


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