Tomato Coconut Chutney Recipe

I like homemade idli & restaurant dosas :). What about you? I'm not sure why… but my dosas never become crispy like the restaurant ones. May be because I just cant bring myself to drench dosa with oil or ghee and I feel less guilty when somebody else does it for me ;)

Both of us like red color chutney. I dont know whether it's because of the color or the taste, but if we have a choice we go for the red one. Now coming to this recipe, it's a pretty simple one & tastes great with idly/dosa. I got this recipe from my mother in law. Usually I need both sambar & chutney for idli/dosa but with this chutney, sambar can be optional.

Hope you will also enjoy this.

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70 thoughts on “Tomato Coconut Chutney Recipe”

  1. maria I made this chutney.. my 3 year old son loved it.. he is licking the chutney using idly as scoop. Didn’t finished idly but finished 1 bowl of chutney.. Being a fuzzy eater rarely I see him enjoying a food ..thank you maria

  2. perfect recipe..all d measurements wer precise to the hubby wus bowled over by the tangy taste and spiciness..hes recommended it to hs parents and so this weekend we are having my in laws for dinner to have this with ghee roast..fingers crossed!!maria..ur blog is such a blessing for distressed wives like me..:-)

  3. perfect recipe..all d measurements wer precise to the hubby wus bowled over by the tangy taste and spiciness..hes recommended it to hs parents and so this weekend we are having my in laws for dinner to have this with ghee roast..fingers crossed!!maria..ur blog is such a blessing for distressed wives like me..:-)

  4. Hey..i tried this turned out to be really well…thank u!!…i like ur blog a lot…i recently gt ur blog is a life saver!! :) keep up the good work
    PS: The photos are lovely and mouth watering!!

    • Hi Deepthi,

      Congrats on your marriage!

      Great to know that you find this blog helpful. Thanks a lot dear for your comment!

      Wish you a wonderful and blessed married life!


  5. Hi Maria… Last week only I had this chutney from hotel and I loved it. Since then i was thinking preparing this. Thankfully i didnt have to search for long Just saw the subscription mail.. Felt so happy… :)
    Thanks a lot

  6. hi maria loved d chutney awesome my mom-in-law,hubby and kids just loved it .my kids came home with their empty tiffins when i gave them idli and chutney and they have requested me to make it again tomorrow for breakfast. thanks maria

  7. Maria,
    wow. wow….Maria rocks..
    ur magical recipes still tickling my tastebuds..I have always wanted make this chutney, but never got the recipe.
    Thanks for the “saravana bhavan” taste. Thanks again.


  8. Hi Regha,

    Great to know that you visit this space often, thank you! I was away on holiday, that’s why no new updates. Hope to get back to blogging soon…


  9. Hi Maria, I liked your recipe very much…
    i’m a regular visitor of ur blog & awaiting your new recipies ^_^

  10. Hi Maria, Have been a follower of this blog only for the last one month. But am already in love with your recipes :) This was one of the first recipes I tried and it came out quiet well. Being a cooking fanatic myself, I couldn’t resist but to add one or 2 ingredients to the recipe. I did add one or 2 cloves of garlic and also roasted a small amount of split white dal along with dried red chillies and added to the rest of it while grinding. Should say that it enhanced the taste. Waiting for many more recipes from you :)

    • Hi Ammu,

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment :) I’m glad that you liked this recipe. Some other readers also mentioned about adding dal…

      Please do try out other recipes when time permits. Happy cooking!


  11. Hi Maria,

    This is my first time here. I tried this recipe and it came out very good. will keep trying new recipes ..thanks :)

  12. Hai Maria… I tried this tomato chutney. Its really superb! Really a gr8 combo for dosas… Even my hubby enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Anu,

      Thanks for trying this recipe. Its great to know that your family also liked it. Thanks for the comment as well :)


  13. Hi Maria,

    Loved this recipe. A variation of this I came across recently is to substitute the chilly powder with a green chilly and when grinding add in some cilantro (if you are a cilantro fan)…


  14. Hi Maria,

    I am a newbie on this site, got to learn about it from my sister who was raving about this chutney. I thought, why dont I give this a try today.. and I am just done with making this chutney. My verdict – Excellent . I was licking the remains from the mixer :P

    Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe, Now I am going to be a daily visitor to this page.


    P.S Just a thought, do you have any recipes of buns which you could share here? I somehow cant get the ideas of making buns out of my head :)

    • Hi Surya,

      Thank you so much for trying the recipe and also for leaving a comment. I’m so glad you liked the chutney. It’s one of our favs. Please convey my special thanks to your sis also for recommending this place :)

      I’ve posted a stuffed bun recipe before. You can see it here:

      Hope you like it. Happy baking! Hope to see you here more often.

      Wish you & your family a very happy new year!


  15. Hi Maria

    Thank u for the recipe. very good chutney. goes very well with dosa n idli. My Husband liked it verymuch.

  16. I love ur recipes & whenver i prepare any from urs- it turns out good.
    Do u have recipes for 1-2 Yr kid? My kiddu’s just 1.4yrs & has started to go to day care. She never showed any fuss for her food; but nw; Oh yeah- started showing. tried preparing various food- like cutlet; veg fried ric- But No Go. Any recipes?

    • Hi Jas,

      Thank you so much for trying the recipes from this space. Great to know that you like it :)

      About kid’s food…I’ve posted some recipes keeping the little ones in mind, hope it works for your cutie too :0

      Check out these recipes:

      Nutty Chicken Strips
      Cocktail chicken crunchies
      Egg sandwich
      Chicken sandwich
      Stuffed Bun
      Vegetable omelette

      Also check out the cakes and cookie section…

      I do hope your little one likes these..

      All the best!


  17. maria..herez a tip 4 u to make ur dosa crispy jst add a bread slice when you grind urad dal n whiterice as usual.aftr keeping it overngt make ur dosa with very little ghee or oil (jst to add a ghee smell)
    try this works

    • Hi Shruthi,

      Thanks for sharing your tip here. I will try this and see :)

      I’m sure this tip will be helpful for other readers too…


  18. hi Maria

    thanks for creating a website filled with easy & tasty recipes. Could you please include some recipes for children


    • Hi Vini,

      Thank you :)

      I’ve posted some recipes earlier for kids. Please check out the following recipes:

      Chicken sandwich
      Egg sandwich
      Nutty Chicken Strips
      Vegetable Omelet
      Sausage Bites
      Stuffed Bun

      Also check out the cakes & cookie category. Hope you find something interesting.


  19. Hi maria

    long time ayi…was on vacation and came back last week….

    my mummy tried this out today morning with idli…needless to say, came out well…since our grinder doesnt work very well, she had to use the mixi n she used water also…but still the chutney came out superb…

    thanks n keep going….

  20. Maria,

    This Tomato chutney is the best chutney i have ever had………..Family too appreciates me inturn u for this….thats a lot Maria……good work keep going!!


  21. Yummy Team – thank you :) I also usually do the tempering for chutneys, but this one doesnt need it. It’s good even with out that.

    Priya , Nitha & KS – thank you :)

    Thanks Suhaina. Yeah I’ve heard that dosas made using iron skillet is very crisp. Olive oil tip is new to me. Will try it next time :)

    Thanks Radhika – I’m sure homemade dosas are any day better than hotel ones, but I’m yet to master the art of making crispy dosas :)

    Divs – Yep, I will be there with the chutney ;) thanks for the offer dear.

    Sweet Artichoke – thank you. Tomato & coconut combo is good. Try it sometime..

    Roopa – :)

  22. hi Maria….

    :) jus loved ur chutney…u know m carryin n just started having the so caled Morning Sickness…was not likin any taste…but this chutney jus got in to me….

    m even havin it with rice,

    thanks lot

    • Hi Sabitha,

      First of all congrats!!

      Thank you so much for the comment. I’m very very happy that you liked it :)

      All the best!! You eat well and take good care also.

      God Bless!


  23. Maria, I tried this recipe today and it was fabulous. My hubby couldn’t stop eating the idlis because of this chutney :) thanks a lot for sharing this!!

  24. Hi maria……made this chutney for pesarettu today and it was real good!thanx for sharing dear….we enjoyed it much.

  25. Hey Maria,

    I got somewhat same recipe from my Palakkadan aunty but without the coconut and it also had fried urad dal and chana dal…Will try this combo…am sure adding coconut will give an extra kick to this…
    The pics as usual luk adipoli… :)

    • Hi Kavita,

      Thanks dear :)

      Another reader also shared a similar recipe like your aunt’s, looks like its a hit recipe :)

      Please do try this one, I do hope you like it.


  26. wow idli looks yummy………
    I will try this one as all like chutney having red colour at home….

    I look every week in your site to see the recipe so that I can try it on week ends :-))

    I make another version of this chutney excluding coconut.
    Fry a pinch ururdu dal (makes chutney thick)after frying chilly and then fry onion and tomato and grind all ingredients. This recipe is from our Land Lady in Chennai – Brahmin Mami……
    This chutney and Idli are great hit among my friends and quick one incase there is no coconut available at home :-)))

    • Hi Latha,

      Thank you :)

      I’m so happy to know that you try the recipes from here for weekends, I’m excited :)

      Adding urud dal is something new, I’ve heard adding peanuts to make thick chutney. Thanks for sharing the tip, will try it sometime.

      Btw, did you get a chance to try this recipe?


  27. Hey Maria,come home I will prepare dosas for you!!Come with this chutney though..hehe.Love the red to try this one!!

  28. I like home made idlis and dosas. I think the hotel ones can not match the homemade ones. btw, this chutney looks so yum… adding coconut is something different.And about the presentations it is AWESOME.

  29. Um, restaurant dosas are always good….i hate idly in most restaurants like u, and even at home…never came out good for me yet….that first pic is like you are feeding me that fork…vaayil ittu tharum polundu…I have to give a hand on this….never tried this combo….I too thalikkal my chutneys as one of the readers said…..that really brings up the entire flavour to amy chutney.

  30. Hi Maria, this is a simple & looks very colourful. Its different fro the usually made chutney. I will try out & give feed back.
    Bye dear.

  31. Chutney looks adipoly kettoo..Loved teh first pictuer very much.
    I too love tomato chutney with idli. Its my fav combination..
    I love home cooked idlis and dosas only. Especially the idli made by my mom. Its so soft as a pillow.
    Use iron skillet to make paper thin dosas and use 1-2 tsp of olive oil to give the crispy texture.

  32. Wow..Chutney looks stunnning, never tried this way though, will def try..

    Kairali sisters

  33. I am drooling over the first picture, Maria..Totally love this chutney with idli/dosa..I usually seaon it with mustards, urad dal, dry red chillies, shallots etc and I do not use coconut..Will surely try this version soon..

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