Onion Tomato Gravy Recipe – Simple No-Grinding Chutney

Onion Tomato Gravy

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Onion Tomato Gravy or Simple Onion-Tomato Chutney (No Grinding Chutney) is an easy & simple side dish for Idli, dosa & chapathi prepared by cooking onions & tomatoes well with simple, easily available Indian masala items until they reach a thokku-like consistency. Nothing you ‘cook’ could be easier than this to match your Idlies / Dosas / Pooris & Rotis. 🙂

Onion Tomato Gravy from Homemaking Delight

Onion Tomato Gravy from Homemaking Delight

Before you guys proceed to read this Onion Tomato gravy recipe, I must warn you that if you are not a bachelor/novice in cooking, then there is no need to read into this one. Most people who could now cook great food (Or at least palatable ones 🙂 ) would have come across this simpler gravy at least once in their lives. 🙂 We used to call this Vengayam-thakkali thokku or gravy or thakkali-vengaya vadhakkal.

Like many other people, my cooking venture had started with basic recipes like Upma varieties (I had messed up the bread upma too, the first time), this onion-tomato gravy, chutney varieties etc. Onion-Tomato gravy is my favorite of all, as I prepared this dish for the first time, my grandpa (who loved to have it with dosa) told that I cook better than my mom 😉 (I realized later that he told the same to whatever I cook and I was so dumb to have taken that as a compliment 😀 ). So, I recommend this recipe to all those who are new to cooking and those who want to do a simple side-dish to your dosas,idly or Pooris that do not involve any grinding. Others, please visit all our tasty gravy-recipes to match up your Dosas / Chapathis. 🙂

Over to Onion Tomato Gravy recipe from Home-making Delight… 

Onion Tomato Gravy Recipe – Vengaya Thakkali Thokku Recipe

Serves 2


Onion – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)

Tomato – 1 cup (finely chopped)

Ginger – 1 inch (finely chopped)

Garlic – 2 pods (finely chopped)

Oil – 3 tblsp ( preferably sesame oil – Gingelly oil – Nallennai)

Jeera (Jeeragam)- 1 tsp

Sambar powder – 1 & 1/2 tsp

Salt as required

Curry leaves – few

Cilantro for Garnishing

Preparation Method:

  1. Heat oil (2 tblsp) in a pan. Once it’s hot enough, add the ingredients in the following order jeera, ginger, garlic, onion & curry leaves and saute it, until the onions turn translucent.IMG_24002. Then, add tomatoes & sambar powder and saute until tomatoes turn mushy. Add water and let it get cooked.IMG_24023. Switch off the flame once the water is absorbed and the thokku has got thickened.IMG_24044. Add the reserved (1 tblsp) oil, garnish with cilantro & serve your tasty onion tomato gravy with Dosa, Idli or Chapathi.IMG_2406Tit-Bits:

a) You can skip the water and prepare this dish as thokku by adding juicy tomatoes. Adding more oil in the beginning would enhance the taste.

b) Add bay leaves, clover & cardamom when you prepare this gravy for chapathi.

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