Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tomato - Coconut Chutney

Story: This recipe is an oldie but goodie! I learned it from Meera - my colleague, four years ago. There is not a whole lot to say on the story behind this recipe... but it reminds me of my journey as a cooking enthusiast and that's what I'd like to share with you -

I have always been a foodie... Though until 2001, being a foodie meant enjoying delicious meals cooked by Aai (Mom) or Aaji (Dadi) or on very rare occasions - my brother. My cooking knowledge was limited to Chai, Maggi and not much beyond that.

I remember my Aaji was really concerned about my (non-existent) cooking skills. Aaji would say to Aai - "At least teach her some basic meals like daal-rice. She really doesn't have a clue about cooking." - "Aga, tila jara pithala bhaat tari karayala shikav.. agadich kahi yet nahi tila."

Aai (my mom) would always respond with the same answer: "She will be fine! Anyone who likes to eat tasty food cannot be a bad cook."

Aai - you are sooo right! I moved out for grad school and started cooking on my own. I din't have Aai or Aaji around me to ask for guidance. My taste buds, and fond memories of Aai and Aaji's cooking became my best guide...

Source: Meera (my colleague)

Time: 20-30 mins

  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup Roasted peanuts
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Optional - 1/2 green mango/kairi cut into small pieces
For Tadka:
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • pinch of asafoetida or hing
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 3-4 curry leaves

Grind the chutney ingredients into the chutney. Don't remove the chutney from the grinder vessel yet.

Heat oil in a small pan. To this hot oil add all the tadka ingredients and let the mustard seeds splutter. Pour this tadka over the chutney and grind it again till the tadka gets completely mixed with the chutney.

This tadka trick works for a lot of chutneys.

Serve with your favorite South Indian snack - Dosa, Uttappam, Vada, Idli or Adai.


  1. Nice recipe..will try it out..
    Was hungry by now and checked your blog and to my delight I could see a new post from your side :)

  2. Haven't made south indian at home in a few weeks, this recipe makes me want to make some right now :)

  3. @Smita: I just tried tomato-peanut chutney for the first time last week. I had looked online for some andhra chutney recipes. I had run out of ginger, and recipe did not have mango (not that I had those either). We had dosa aata from the indian store, so I added veggies and made uttapams, and this chutney was very yummy with that :). I think ginger and mango will make it sooooooo YUMMY :)

  4. thanks for your comments gals!
    @Smita - yes - mango tastes really yummy...