Tamatar Chatni

Tamatar Chatni: A Delicious Side with Desi Dishes

Tamatar Chatni is a great side with desi dishes such as rice, pulao, tahari and parathas. It has a savoury tangy taste. I learnt this dish from my mother-in-law who is visiting us these days.

I feel recipes are a great way to learn about a family and their stories. I love learning dishes from my husband’s side of the family, because it’s lovely to pass on their stories and recipes to my children also along with those from my side of the family.

We eat this tamatar chatni warmed up. Some people call this recipe tamatar salan. Others eat it with eggs. You can call it desi salsa also.

Tamatar Chatni Recipe


Onions           2 chopped

Tomatoes         7-8 chopped

Tomato paste     1 tablespoon

Fresh coriander  1/4 cup chopped

Green chilies    1-2 chopped

Salt             to taste

Chilli powder    to taste

Oil              2-3 tablespoon

How to Make Tamatar Chatni

  • Chop two onions and place in a pot.
  • Add a little oil and brown the onions over medium heat.
  • Chop 7-8 tomatoes alongside and add to the pot once onions turn a nice brown.
  • Add salt and chilli powder to taste along with one tablespoon of tomato paste.
  • Now lower the heat and cover the pot. Let the sauce cook till the oil separates.
  • Add half of the chopped fresh coriander and cook for another five minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and garnish with green chillies and the rest of the fresh coriander.
  • All done! Serve hot.

We love to eat this tamatar chatni (tomato chatni) at lunch and dinner with tihari (rice with potatoes), daal chawal, pulao or parathas.

Linking a few recipes below that will go great with tamatar chatni. And here is the lehsen (garlic) chatni recipe, that is a regular at my parent’s place!

Do let me know if you try this recipe!