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January 4, 2009

Tomato Chana Dal Chutney - Thakkali Kadalai Paruppu Chutney

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tomato chana dal chutney
I learnt this tomato chana dal chutney ( Thakkali Kadalai paruppu chutney in Tamil) from my MIL.We usually make this chutney for morning breakfast as a side dish for idli. U can try this tomato chutney recipe without coconut too. Tastes great in both the ways.
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Tomato chana dal chutney

Tomato chana dal chutney Yummy side dish for idli.dosa - Tomatoes,onions roasted & ground with chana dal & chillies.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Chutney
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


  • Tomatoes - 2 nos
  • Big onion - 1 nos
  • Chana dal/Kadalai Paruppu – 2 tsp
  • Red chilly – 3-5 nos ( adjust)
  • Asafetida/Hing – A pinch
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp (optional, I don't add)
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water – As needed
To season
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds & Urad dhal- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – Few

  1. Wash and chop tomatoes & onion.In a kadai,Heat 2 tsp of oil in a kadai and roast red chilly, chana dal and hing in the same order. Do it till channa dal turns light golden brown color with nice aroma.  keep it in a plate.
tomato chana dal chutney
  1. In the remaining oil ,add the onion and saute till golden brown. Now add the tomatoes and cook till soft. Remove and cool it down.
  2. First grind roasted channa dal,red chillies with hing.Coarse grind it.Then add sauteed tomatoes,onion with coconut(if using) & salt.Add little water & grind it to a paste. Finally, season with mustard,urad dal & curry leaves.
tomato chana dal chutney
Mix with gingely oil & serve with idlies:)
Enjoy !
  • Adding grated coconut is optional here.I don’t add usually.But it helps to balance the spiciness if it is more.
  • For variations,u can add a tsp of dhania while roasting chana dal.It will give a nice flavour.

Yummy tomato chutney is ready to serve with idli Smile

tomato chana dal chutney recipe

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Snigdha said...

Hey Chitra! Tried the chutney today and t turned out very well!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Havnt explored your blog yet.I need to do that soon, as I love south Indian food, about everthing. Yes, even veggies and have taste bud for coconut oil as well! Cheers!

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for trying and sharing your feedback here :) Glad u liked this chutney.Keep visiting this page.

Julia said...

hi Chitra, do we add the urad dal and mustard seeds raw without frying? I never heard about using raw urad dal (but I'm also a beginner in cooking). Thank you :)

Chitra said...

No, we shud fry in little oil and add as a tempering !Its not raw.

Divina said...

very nice chutney

Chitra said...

Thank you