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Friday, September 19, 2008

Easy to make,but a yummy,tangy side dish that goes well with IdlI,dosa and rotis also! My mom makes with moong dal in this, but my MIL makes this as side dish for chapati. I love it with idli dosa too. I have tasted this type of side dish in Saravana bhavan too at time. (Updated picture,I have used red chilli powder instead of green chillies)

Onion tomato gravy recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time:10 mins     |  Cook time: 20 mins     Serves: 3


Red ripe tomatoes - 4

Onion - 2

Green chillies Or tsp of red chilli powder - 5 nos

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Coriander leaves - For garnishing

salt - as needed

Sugar - 1/8 tsp

mustard - For tempering 1tsp

Urad dal - For tempering 1 tsp

oil - For tempering 2 tsp



  1. Chop onions and tomatoes finely and slit the green chillies into two.
  2. Heat a kadai/heavy bottomed vessel with oil and when oil is hot add the tempering items followed by curry leaves,green chillies and onion.
  3. Fry till onion becomes slightly pinkish / transparent. Add chopped tomatoes and required salt and keep sauteing,till it becomes  mushy.
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  5. Fry in medium flame for 5-6 minutes and then add 1/4 cup water and bring to boil.Simmer for few minutes to form a thick gravy consistency.
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  • Always add less water.
  • Add a tsp of ghee while frying for enhanced taste.
  • Can use red chilli powder also instead od green chillies...for the ingredients given here..1 tsp red chilli powder will be approx. enough.
  • Colour purely depends on the colour of the tomatoes, so use red ripe tomatoes and chilli powder if you want to get the colour as it is there in the first two updated pictures.

Transfer to serving bowl and enjoy with idly,dosa or rotis!


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  1. I love this simple dish. The colour and flavour is so nice. My extra addition would be a pinch of sugar :-)

  2. Superb and awesome side dish .Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe.Will try definetly as got bored of routine sambar and coconut chutney.

  3. Just pass that last picture to me.
    With the real idli and the side dish on top.

  4. We call it Gosthu, and it is a perfect side for dosais. I love it.

  5. thats like kind of simple& easy dish and made in mins....

  6. OMG!!look at the picture of tomato chutney on top of idli...I love idlies with this tomato chutney. I make this often, but will add a bit of masala powder.looks great.

  7. thats a nice side dish for idli and dosa and let me try it and tell u how it comes out!
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  8. Hi Raks Kitchen! Love the colour...Today I tried your coriander powder with a few changes...I will post it soon...

  9. Wow! the curry is so simple and love the last pic Raks!..:)


  10. This side dish goes well with chapathi too..I often make it for chapathi...nice one

  11. I really love this but hardly make it since my husband doesn't like tomatoey things :(

  12. Forgot to add, i liked the last picture with the tomato curry topped idlis :)

  13. I love this with dosa, idli too...and always prepare this...exactly same like urs :)..inbtw the idli looks so soft

  14. Wow what a nice and simple recipe. Ur pictures are pushing me to go and cook it now. Delicious...Thanks

  15. Just loved this dish.. Tom i will make this since we will have idlis for breakfast.

  16. Very good side dish. I will try it today. Thank u

  17. I tried this recipe as it is, it was great and my daughter who never eats spicy food loves it too, with Idly/Dosa/Chapati. Your blog is great with lot of good recipes. Thank you.

  18. Thank you for trying and giving feed back S,glad that ur kid liked it :)

  19. Hello, Idly and the gravy looks so amazing. I just tried to find out the receipe for Idly, can you post one. My mom is an amazing cook, but i live in Australia now and how much ever I try, Idly and dosa are coming out miserably. I am a crazy fan of Idly and its been more than 8 months since I had one. Looking forward for your post

  20. Hi, I am Vaneetha. The pictures of Idly and the gravy look so amazing. My mom is an amazing cook, but I am in Australia now and how much ever I try, Idly and dosa dont turn up well. I am not sure if its the quality of rice here or if I am doing something wrong. Can you post how you made such amazing idlis. Thanks.

  21. can u tell me how to make kadapah as side dish for idli

  22. I will soon try it out after I get the recipe from my MIL and then post it here,thanks

  23. u cangrind the entire thing after cooking ,makes a nice chutney ,may be not the urad dal.

  24. Nice n easy recepi raks. I am going to try tomm

  25. Nice n easy recepie raks.i am goin to try tomm

  26. hi,iam suresh this recepie realy super

  27. i tried this dish yesterday. my in-laws loved it. thank rak


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