Green Tomato Chutney / Pachai Thakkali Chutney / Thakkali Kaai Chutney

A quick chutney made from Green Tomatoes that make your everyday meals taste super delicious.

Green Tomato Chutney / Pachai Thakkali Chutney / Thakkali Kaai Chutney

Green Tomato Chutney / Pachai Thakkali Chutney / Thakkali Kaai Chutney

I love my coconut chutneys. I am a simple South Indian at heart and we never ever get tired of eating chutneys. We also boast about making a variety of chutneys, few of them that don’t even need coconut and have dals or lentils along with vegetables that perfectly concoct a spicy accompaniment that could be eaten with any South Indian breakfast specials like idlis dosas or adais or even the regular rotis / phulkas and rice combos. This Green Tomato Chutney / Pachai Thakkai Chutney or Thakkali Kaai Chutney is one such example of a delicious South Indian Chutney variety that uses no coconut and yet provides as a lipsmacking side to your everyday breakfast specials.

Since green tomatoes are in season, thought of making a better use of the same. Though I love the red tomatoes, these are quite delicious too and I often add them in dals other than making chutneys. Green Tomatoes have many health benefits too. It has Vitamin K, a nutrient that benefits the body by helping the blood clot properly. Has antioxidant properties that increases immunity and prevents premature ageing. It has a good quantity of vitamin C which helps absorb iron in the body.

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You may check out some other lipsmacking chutney varieties from the blog as follows-

Recipe for Green Tomato Chutney / Pachai Thakkali Chutney / Thakkali Kaai Chutney

Check out the step by step recipe below:-

Prep Time – 10 mins 

Cook Time – 15 to 20 mins 

Serves – 5 to 6 nos. 


  • Green Tomatoes – 2 nos. medium sized roughly chopped
  • Chana Dal – 2 tblsp
  • Urad Dal – 1 tblsp
  • Tamarind – ½ tblsp
  • Whole red chillies – 3 to 4 nos.
  • Hing – ½ tsp
  • Jaggery – 1 tblsp
  • Sesame Oil – 1 tsp
  • Water – a tblps or so to grind the chutney
  • Salt as per taste


  • In a kadhai, heat oil, add some hing and then add chana dal & urad dal.
  • Roast them until they are slightly golden brown.
  • Add whole red chillies and then roast it well along with the dals.
  • Add the roughly chopped green tomatoes and give it a good mix. Cook it slightly, say for 5 mins or so, switch off the flame, cool the ingredients before giving it a blitz.
  • Once cool, empty all the contents in a mixer grinder jar, add the salt, jaggery and tamarind.
  • Grind everything well. Add some water only when you feel the chutney is very thick.
  • Store the chutney in a glass bottle and keep it refrigerated.


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Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Its a wow chutney!Bookmarking this!

  2. Loved your version of this chutney Vidya!!!we add peanuts to green tomato chutney…

    1. Thanks dear, I should try your version too now, sounds delicious!

  3. Totally different from mine…need to try your version sometime💯

    1. and I need to try your version too someday.. Thank you dear.

  4. Wonderful looking Chutney yaar!Wanna lick the whole bowl clean…yumm!

  5. Beautiful chutney ! I never tried a recipe with green tomato, how does it taste ?

    1. It is not really tart like the red tomatoes and has a bit of a raw taste but when you combine with dals and chillies, it turns out awesome. Like any ridge gourd peel chutney types. Thank you

  6. What a simple chutney idea but it sounds so very delicious.I will look out for green tomatoes on my next shopping trip as I would love to try this.

    1. Thanks dear.. We love mixing this with rice and ghee and have it too.. I am sure you will love it.

  7. I want to try this one when I get back to cooking.. I have never made anything with raw tomatoes…I heard even the curry tastes good,

    1. Curry, veggies, dal you can add them in anything and it tastes amazing. Please recover fully and only then venture into the kitchen.. Thoda break toh banta hain Shobhaji..

  8. The green tomato chutney looks delicious. Chutneys are help to complete an Indian meal and I love having a choice of pickles or chutneys served with my meal.

    1. Absolutely true and that is the true essence of Indian food! Thanks so much

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