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North Indian Style Tomato Chutney Recipe

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North Indian Style Tomato Chutney

North Indian Style Tomato Chutney

Sweet, Tangy and Spicy

Chutney is a traditional Indian condiment that can be either sweet or savory. It is a primary accompaniment with every Indian meal, as it complements many different dishes. It can be made from fruits or vegetables, and typically we add herbs, spices, vinegar and jaggery (or sugar). There are many different recipes and variations, depending on the region.

North Indian style tomato chutney is a finger-licking spicy, sweet and tangy chutney that is made with tomatoes, spices and a few other basic ingredients. This dish is inspired by South Indian chutney, and it's very tasty and delicious. You can adjust the seasoning to suit your taste. It's extremely simple and quick to make with very few basic ingredients, all of which are readily available. It will keep longer than the South Indian tomato chutney.

Adding cloves gives a distinct aroma and flavor to this chutney. The recipe contains no onions and no garlic.

Serve this chutney with dosa, paratha, uttappam, upma, rice and snacks.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

4 min

15 min

19 min

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-4 ripe tomatoes, washed and finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1-2 red chilies, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon methi (fenugreek seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon saunf (fennel seeds)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 1-2 cloves
  • 1-2 teaspoons jaggery
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Wash and finely chop 2-4 ripe tomatoes. Set aside.
  2. In a frying pan, heat the oil. Add fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and red chilies. Fry for 1-2 minutes or until they turn brown.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and a little salt to taste. Cook over medium heat till the oil starts to ooze out from the sides.
  4. Add about 1/2 cup of water and continue cooking. Cook over low heat till tomatoes cook properly and turns mushy.
  5. Meanwhile, in a pan, add vinegar, bay leaves and cloves. Cook over low heat till the vinegar has reduced by half.
  6. When the tomatoes are cooked properly, add the vinegar mixture to the tomato mixture.
  7. Add the jaggery. Mix and cook over low heat till it achieves the consistency of chutney. Adjust salt and jaggery if required.
  8. Serve this chutney with dosa, paratha or snacks.

Photo Guide

Wash 2-4 good quality ripe tomatoes.

Wash 2-4 good quality ripe tomatoes.

Finely chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Finely chop the tomatoes and set aside.

In a frying pan, heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil, add 1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds and 1-2 red chilies (or more as per your spice preference).

In a frying pan, heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil, add 1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds and 1-2 red chilies (or more as per your spice preference).

Fry for 1-2 minutes or until it turns brown.

Fry for 1-2 minutes or until it turns brown.

Add finely chopped tomatoes and salt to taste.

Add finely chopped tomatoes and salt to taste.

Cook over medium heat till the oil starts to ooze out from the sides.

Cook over medium heat till the oil starts to ooze out from the sides.

Add about 1/2 cup of water and continue to cook over low heat till the tomatoes cook properly. Stir in between to prevent sticking to the bottom.

Add about 1/2 cup of water and continue to cook over low heat till the tomatoes cook properly. Stir in between to prevent sticking to the bottom.

Meanwhile, take 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar in a frying pan.

Meanwhile, take 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar in a frying pan.

Add 1-2 bay leaves and 1-2 cloves. Keep the heat low.

Add 1-2 bay leaves and 1-2 cloves. Keep the heat low.

Cook till vinegar reduces by half. Switch off the heat.

Cook till vinegar reduces by half. Switch off the heat.

Add the vinegar mixture to the tomato mixture. Mix well.

Add the vinegar mixture to the tomato mixture. Mix well.

Add 1-2 teaspoons of jaggery (or sugar).

Add 1-2 teaspoons of jaggery (or sugar).

Mix everything and continue cooking till the tomatoes become tender and the chutney reaches the desired consistency. Adjust salt, jaggery and vinegar if required. Turn off the heat.

Mix everything and continue cooking till the tomatoes become tender and the chutney reaches the desired consistency. Adjust salt, jaggery and vinegar if required. Turn off the heat.

Ladle the tomato chutney into a serving bowl. Serve hot with dosa, paratha or snacks and enjoy.

Ladle the tomato chutney into a serving bowl. Serve hot with dosa, paratha or snacks and enjoy.

Notes

  • I used only red chili for spiciness. You can even add red chili powder and green chilies to make it spicier.
  • Always use good quality ripe tomatoes for better results. It also gives a nice color to the chutney.
  • If you want to store this chutney, dehydrate this chutney completely, transfer it to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
  • If you feel your chutney is too tangy, add little more jaggery or sugar to balance the sourness.
  • Cook tomatoes properly to avoid getting the raw smell of tomatoes in chutney.

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