Tomato and Dry Red Chilly Chutney

Tomato and dry red chilly chutney

  If you are in search for a spicy and tangy chutney, this fits the bill. This is my mom’s recipe. Her basic dry red chilly chammanthi, made using crushed, fried dry red chilies, pearl onions, salt and oil, was too spicy for us kids. So she used to grind tomatoes along with the other ingredients to make it favorable to us. That way the chutney tastes tangy too. Tomatoes can be substituted with tamarind. This chutney is at its best when paired with idlis/ dosa.


  1. Dry red chilies – 6 – 7  (You can adjust it according to your spice tolerance)
  2. Pearl onions – 8 – 10
  3. Tomato – 1 , seeded and chopped
  4. Curry leaves – 4 – 5
  5. Salt – To taste
  6. Oil – 1 tsp  + 2 tsp


1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Fry the dry red chilies until they turn crispy and brown. Leave aside to cool.

2. Crush the dry red chilies in a mixer. Add the pearl onions and crush them. Finally add the chopped tomatoes and grind everything together.


3. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. Add the above ground mixture and a few curry leaves to it. Stir the mixture at medium heat until the oil separates. It won’t take more than 6 – 8 minutes. Serve with idli/ dosa. It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator.


Tomato and dry red chilly chutney




You can add more chopped tomatoes or pearl onions to make it less spicy.


  1. Tomato chutney looks yummy…idli with tomato chutney..yum yum

  2. i can almost feel the spice…sluurrrrppp

  3. Mouthwatering chutney, looks super spicy!

  4. Spicy and yummy..beautiful picture.

  5. Looking good, my dear! I posted a variation of this just yesterday. :). Great pictures too.

  6. Simple and yummy chutney..beautiful picture dear

  7. Simple chutney nice with idly and dosa.

  8. I truly loved this dish…..loved the chutney recipe…

  9. that’s a spicy n colorful chutney..

  10. haha amma aalu kollalo maya dear…Dosa mavu eripund, ennu tahnne ee chutney undakunund tto…Looks firey hot…

  11. My all time favourite chutney …looks spicy and yummy…perfect clicks dear…

  12. The chutney looks so spicy and flavorful …..

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  13. Wow.. that’s such a beautiful looking chutney. wonderful clicks n presentation!

    US Masala

  14. Nicely presented,looks very nice with idli

  15. Your version looks very nice,My mom makes the same way! Pearl onion sure makes this special!

  16. wow wow wow..looks simply irrestible and mouthwatering….absolutely tempting…

  17. 2 idilyum 2 tsp chutney enjottu poratta……..

  18. Fabulous pics and delicious recipe !!

  19. Such a tempting presentation da…adipoli chutney

  20. They look awesome. Wonderful pics.

  21. adipoli recipe… those clicks are really tempting ones tto Maya…

  22. Nalla colorful pic.njan chutneys ennum vere try chyyum.ethanu next one:) bookmarked!

  23. Nice click….the chutney looks yumm…wish to have with hot dosas.

  24. Looks yumm ….anytime with idli or dosas :)


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