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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thakkali kai chutney
Thakkali kai kootu and thakkali kai chutney are the two things that came to my mind when I had two unripe green tomatoes in the pack I got in Fairprice. So first thought will try chutney as I wanted to try new chutney recipes for idli. I found an interesting recipe here with unusual ingredients than I use regularly for chutneys. Yes, sesame seeds and methi are very new to me to use in a chutney. I was not convinced until I had with idli. It was tangy, flavorful and delicious too. When I licked a bit after grinding, I was thought its a flop try, but when I had with idli, it was too good. I loved it. So when ever you have unripe tomato, do not wait for it to ripe, just try this chutney and sure it wont disappoint you.

Thakkali kai chutney recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time 5 Mins    |  Cook time: 10 mins     Serves: 3


Unripe green tomato – 2, big

Green chilli – 6

Tamarind – a small marble size

White sesame seeds – 1 tbsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Jaggery – 1/4 tsp (Optional)

Oil – 2 tsp

Salt – As needed

To temper

Oil – 2 tsp

Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp


  1. Chop tomatoes roughly. First heat a pan and dry roast sesame seeds until it pops (golden). Transfer to a plate.
  2. 1-roast
  3. Heat oil and add fenugreek seeds (Methi/ vendhayam) and let it pop. Add broken green chillies and give it a fry. Add chopped tomatoes, curry leaves.
  4. 2-saute
  5. Add tamarind and cook covered for 3 minutes in medium flame stirring in between. Let the tomatoes get soft. Cool down.
  6. 3-saute
  7. Transfer to a blender. Grind smoothly adding salt, jaggery (if adding) without water or less water.
  8. 4-grind
  9. Temper with mustard, asafoetida and mix in with the chutney.
  10. 5-mix


    • Depending on the size of the tomato increase or decrease the tomato. Same goes to green chilli, adjust as per your spice level or the chilli’s spice level. Just have to balance all the tastes.

Serve with hot idlies. Loved it a lot – the methi and sesame seeds together, did not over power any of the flavour and well balanced.

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  1. We add sometimes methi leaves or pudina or even a combination of green leaves to this chutney. Will be yummy for rice too...

  2. nice pa.....i love it....wen ever i buy this tomato i ll try......nice clicks!!!!!!

  3. Nice chutney raji.I usually don't add sesame seeds and tamarind ..

  4. Tangy chuntey looks inviting..nice color

  5. We always make thakkali kaineetam chutney by adding coconut/ground nut green chilly fenugreek little tamarind..We make dal with this unripe tomatoes. It will be awesome..


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