In my childhood, we used to have a vegetable garden which had lots of tomatoes always hanging in there waiting to be picked. We all enjoy the Green Tomato Chutney and we rarely used to have ripe tomatoes on the plants!! 

After relocating 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. 

Edited - The original post was published sometime in 2010.

Ever since we started planting tomatoes in our backyard during the summer months, we started making this chutney more often. Only now getting to update the pictures here.

The simple weekend platter presented in the first picture features Jowar Rava Besi Bele Bath, Palak Dal, Rice, Green Tomato Chutney and Yogurt.

Ingredients - 

Green tomatoes chopped 3 cups

Green chillies 4-5 (as per taste)
Salt and Turmeric as needed
Sugar/Grated Jaggery (Optional)
Tamarind juice or lemon juice as per taste
Garlic cloves 2-3 (Optional)
Coriander leaves 1/2 cup
For Seasoning -
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 dals are golden brown, add the chopped green tomatoes and chopped green chillies and saute them. 

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

After the tomatoes are cooked and become mushy, remove from heat.

Let the mixture cool down and 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.


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Preparation Time 25 minutes
Makes 2 cups approximately
Posted by Harini on Sunday, January 26, 2020


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

  7. We used to make fried green tomatoes , that’s about it , but a Chutney with it sounds so interesting and flavorful . Will give it a try .

  8. Srivalli Says:
  9. I have used green tomatoes a couple of times must be Harini..I too remember it was when we had a plant in the pot. Else it's tough to get hold of these. The pachadi sounds lip smacking!

  10. Suma Gandlur Says:
  11. Kammati bhojanam. My husband used to reminisce about his mom's green tomato chutney and I tried a couple of times with the green tomatoes here. They were way too sour and I gave up. Now after seeing your post, I am not sure whether the green ones and the unripe tomatoes are similar or not.

  12. Yummy looking Tomato chutney Harini. Some times they are sour but love the addition of jaggery. Such a mouth watering thali there.

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