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Karam Chutney

Karam Chutney | How to make tomato chutney

Karam Chutney is one of the most commonly used item as a side dish for idly and dosa. I learned this recipe from my Amma. This is my all-time favourite chutney. This chutney will be a little spicy but you can adjust the spices according to your taste. It is very simple and easy chutney that you can prepare in 20 minutes.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine Andhra, Indian
Keyword Karam Chutney, tomato chutney
Servings: 4 People
Author: Pavani


  • Tomato's-2 medium
  • Onion-1large
  • Red chilli powder-1tsp
  • Chopped garlic-1tsp
  • Tamarind-a piece
  • Coriander leaves
  • Jeera/cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Turmeric powder-½tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil-3 tbsp


  • Mustard Seeds -½tsp
  • Split urddal -1tsp
  • curry leaves
  • Oil-2tbsp


  • Clean and chop tomatoes, onion and coriander leaves finely
  • Heat a pan with oil, add jeera, once they splutter add onions and fry them till they turn the brown colour
  • Add tomatoes, coriander leaves, chopped garlic, turmeric and tamarind. Fry them all till tomatoes get soft
  • Then allow it cool, add red chilli powder, salt and run it in the mixer only 1 round. 
  • Transfer into a bowl
  • Heat a small pan with oil, add mustard , urad dal. When they crackle add curry leaves and immediately switch off the flame. Transfer it on to chutney
  • Enjoy this tasty and delicious Karam chutney with Idly/Dosa
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