Onion Tomato Chutney

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Side-dish
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Ingredients-

Tomatoes – 2 roughly chopped
Small Onion – 10
Green Chillies -2
Curry Leaves -1 sprig
Coriander Leaves – a handful
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
To temper-
Olive Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 3/4 tsp
Hing–1 tsp
Turmeric- a pinch
Curry leaves – 5 to 6 leaves

Method-
1. Heat oil in a kadai. Add the tomatoes, onion and green chillies and sauté till its soft and mashed up.
2. Next add the curry leaves.
3. Sauté and then add coriander leaves, give a quick stir and turn off the heat.
4. Let the mixture cool down for a while.
5. Transfer the ingredients to a mixer. Add some salt.
6. Grind it to a fine paste. Add water only if required, and if the paste becomes too dry.
For the tempering-
1. Heat oil in pan, add the dry spices (mustard seeds, curry leaves, hing, urad dal).
2. Allow it to splutter for some time, and thentransfer it to the chutney paste. Stir well.
3. Serve hot with soft idli or a crispy roast dosa.

Suggestions-
• Tempering is optional.
• Another option for generating more flavour in the chutney is to add the tempering in the mixture before grinding it in the blender.
• Any oil can be used for tempering.

Benefits-

• This chutney recipe can be used as a side-dish, as it is made from olive oil and a very little has been used.
• This can also be used as a spread on dosa’s, cheela’s, frankie;s, wraps, rolls, etc.
• It can be used as a dip with steamed dhokla’s, idli’s, etc.
• The recipe is very simple, flavourful and healthy at heart.
• Tomatoes, one of the main ingredients is proven to be beneficial to the heart as it contains lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidants.
• Tomatoes have also found to be beneficial in preventing prostate cancer.
• Onion on the other hand is very good for health and  has numerous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
• Onions are also known for their powerful anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties.
• They are rich in vitamins A, B and C. Potent source of folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium and dietary fibre.
• Onion is also known to significantly reduce cholesterol levels and also help prevent heart attacks.
• They help reduce blood pressure, when eaten raw or cooked.

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