In my childhood, we used to have a vegetable garden which had lots of tomatoes always hanging in there waiting to be plucked. We all enjoy the Green Tomato Chutney and we rarely used to have ripe tomatoes on the plants!! After I got married and relocated to US, I very rarely get to see green tomatoes in the local  markets here. But when I can lay my hands on those I sure make our favorite chutney out of those. 

Ingredients - 

Green tomatoes chopped 3 cups
Green chillies 4-5 (as per taste)
Turmeric 2 pinches
Salt as per taste
Sugar/Grated Jaggery (Optional)
Tamarind juice or lemon juice as per taste
Garlic cloves 2-3 (Optional)
Coriander leaves 1/2 cup

For Seasoning
Any Oil 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Chana Dal 1 tsp
Methi seeds (Fenugreek seeds) 1 pinch
Jeera 1/2 tsp
Red chillies (Optional)
Curry leaves (Optional)

Method Of Preparation  -

In a skillet on a medium-high flame, Pour the oil and the rest of the seasoning items and after the mustard seeds splutter and the rest of the items are done, add the chopped green tomatoes and chopped green chillies and saute them. (Make sure it doesn't get burnt by stirring it occasionally)

After about 7-9 min, add turmeric, salt and sugar and mix well and let the tomatoes cook for a while.

After the tomatoes are cooked and become mushy, switch off the flame.

Let the mixture cool down and then grind it to a fine paste (Some like it as a coarse grind too!).

Enjoy it with steaming rice and ghee. Some like it with Idli, Dosa or Vada too.

Makes 1.5 cups of Chutney

Preparation Time 25 min 
Posted by Harini on Thursday, May 20, 2010


  1. Nithu Bala Says:
  2. The chutney sounds so good..very nice recipe..thanks for sharing..

  3. green tomato chutney looks so delicious..i like the curry with that..this chutney go best with idli and dosa.nice recipe yarr

  4. love green chutney with fav..thanks for sharing

  5. Priya Says:
  6. Never tries chutney with green tomato, sounds interesting and delicious..

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