Tomato Kara Chutney

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Tomato Kara chutney is a spicy spread made with ground tomatoes and onions and red chillies and cooked off until the flavours blend together.

This tomato kara chutney or train chutney brings nostalgia for me. I remember this in almost all tiffin box which was packed in a hurry to school. This is a very simple chutney recipe which is very addictive and also because of how simple it is to make it.

This is one chutney I don’t mind eating everyday for breakfast, if you are like me to add some spice for your breakfast am sure you will love it.

We call it reverse tomato kara chutney at home mainly because the only difference because of the other version of kara chutney I make is the opposite of how this version is made.

Recipe is fairly simple, all the ingredients except the ones for tempering are blended together raw and then cooked off in flavored tempering and finished off with flour of fennel seed powder.

Adding fennel seed powder adds an element to this kara chutney which makes it stand out.

How to eat tomato kara chutney

This chutney tastes delicious with Idli and Dosa. Get my perfect Idli dosa Batter recipe here.

I Love this for travels where I can take the hot idles soaking in this spicy chutney in a tiffin box.

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Ingredients required

  1. 3 Large Tomatoes
  2. 1/2 medium sized Onion
  3. 4-5 Dry red chillies Adjust to spice level
  4. Salt As required
  5. 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  6. 3 tbsp Peanut oil
  7. 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  8. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp 
  9. 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  10. 1/2 tsp Fennel seed powder

Prep work before you begin

Roughly chop tomatoes and onions.

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Alternative Version

You can replace the dry red chillies with green chillies. The color may be lighter and the heat may be rounder though.

Pictorial recipe (step by step)

  • To a blender, add the tomatoes, roughly chopped onions, salt, dry red chillies and blend to almost smooth blend.

  • Heat a deep pot with a lid or a kadai, and add oil to it and once hot, add the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle fully, add the cumin and fennel seeds and allow it to sizzle for a couple of seconds.

  • Quickly add the blended onion and tomato mixture, turmeric powder, fennel seed powder. Once you add it will bubble so keep it covered and cook for 5 – 10 mins on medium flame.

  • Open the lid and give it a stir and cook for 5 more minutes. The chutney will be brighter in red and not very thin not too thick.

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  • Serve it hot over idles or dosa and enjoy !!!

Storage and shelf life

You can make this ahead and stores well unto 4 days n refridgrator.

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Tomato Kara Chutney

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 3 servings

Equipment

  • high speed blender

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Large Tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium sized Onion
  • 4-5 Dry red chillies Adjust to spice level
  • Salt As required
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 3 tbsp Peanut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seed powder

Instructions
 

  • To a blender, add the tomatoes, roughly chopped onions, salt, dry red chillies and blend to almost smooth blend.
  • Heat a deep pot with a lid or a kadai, and add oil to it and once hot, add the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle fully, add the cumin and fennel seeds and allow it to sizzle for a couple of seconds.
  • Quickly add the blended onion and tomato mixture, turmeric powder, fennel seed powder. Once you add it will bubble so keep it covered and cook for 5 – 10 mins on medium flame.
  • Open the lid and give it a stir and cook for 5 more minutes. The chutney will be brighter in red and not very thin not too thick.
  • Serve it hot over idles or dosa and enjoy !!!
Keyword chutney, dosa side dish, Idli dosa, Spicy chutney

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