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Onion Tomato Thokku Recipe - Side Dish For Idli Dosa | Tomato Onion Garlic Chutney | Onion & Tomato Chutney (Vengaya Thakkali Chutney)

Onion Tomato Thokku Recipe is a perfect side dish for idli dosa.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian (South Indian)
Servings: 4 to 5
Author: Padma


  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon channa dal split bengal gram
  • 4 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 Tomatoes chopped
  • 6 shallots peeled and chopped
  • 8 to 10 Garlic pods peeled
  • 1 Cm ginger piece optional
  • 1 cm Tamarind piece
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 2 Tablespoon coriander chopped
  • 2 to 3 Green Chillies
  • For Tempering:
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal Black gram
  • 1 teaspoon Channa dal split bengal gram
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • A spring of curry leaves


  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add mustard, fenugreek seeds, channa dal and dry red chillies.
  • Once the lentils start turning brown, toss in shallots and peeled garlic.
  • The onion turn translucent. Now add in the tomato pieces, curry leaves, coriander, tamarind and green chillies.
  • Sauté for about 4 to 5 minutes till the tomatoes become soft.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool down.
  • Add required salt and blend in a mixer to a smooth or coarse paste.
  • Tempering: Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add mustard, cumin, dry red chilli, urad dal and channa dal. When the lentils turn brown, add asafoetida, curry leaves.
  • Turn off the heat and transfer it to the chutney and mix well.