Tomato Kothimira Pachadi

There is nothing more satisfying than cooking with vegetables grown in one’s own backyard. Today I used a few not so ripe orange tinge tomatoes from our vegetable garden to make a perfectly simple pachadi.

To make this deliciously tangy pachadi all you need are simple everyday ingredients like fresh firm tomatoes, coriander, green chillis, onion and the all important spice – cumin seeds. Ultimate in simplicity yet flavorful this chutney tastes best with idlis and dosas. The greenish shade of the pachadi is due to coriander which should not be overused and may play a dominant flavor but used subtly to harmonise with the tangy flavor of tomato.

Tomato kothimira pachadi

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  tomatoes
  •   coriander leaves


  •   4-5 medium sized tomatoes
  •   1 onion, sliced
  •   1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander (adjust)
  •   1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  •   2 green chillies (adjust)
  •   salt to taste
  •   1 tbsp tamarind paste (optional)
  •   1 tbsp oil
  • For the tempering/poppu/tadka:

  •   1/2 tsp oil
  •   1/2 mustard seeds
  •   1/2 tsp split gram dal
  •   8-10 curry leaves
  •   pinch of asafoetida (optional)

Method for making Tomato kothimira pachadi

Heat half a tbsp of oil in a non-stick pan. Add the cumin and let them brown. Add the slit green chillis and saute for a few seconds, add the sliced onion and saute for 4 mts on medium heat. Lastly add the chopped coriander and saute further for a mt. Remove and keep aside.
In the same pan, add a tsp of oil, add the chopped tomatoes and on medium flame saute till the rawness of tomato disappears and the water evaporates (approx 4-5 mts). Remove and keep aside.
Grind the sauteed onions, coriander, tomato, tamarind along with salt, to a coarse paste adding a few tbsps of water.
Heat oil in a pan for the tempering, add the mustard seeds, let them pop and add the split gram dal and curry leaves and fry till the dal turns red. Lastly add the asafoetida and immediately add this seasoning to the ground pachadi. Serve with hot idlis or dosas.


  • Sharmi

    Hi Sailu, Lovely and tempting pachadi!! My cheeks hurts looking at the Idli and pachadi plate. it looks so sinfully tempting.


  • Latha

    Hey Sailu,
    Tomato Pachadi looks yummy! Nothing like home grown veggies. I am getting ready to plant my vegetable garden for this summer here! Cannot wait for the fresh veggies!
    As always your picture look lovely

  • Asha

    I have been seeing lot of Tomato pachadis these days for JFI!:)) One more doesn’t hurt. Looks mouthwatering. Thanks S!

  • sandeepa

    Those tomatos on their vine looks so beautiful Sailaja. One more beautiful dish

  • Mishmash!

    Everytime you show me something from ur garden or backyard, u re making me jealous. Why do u do this to me ? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • musical

    Lovelu pictures, Sailaja. The pleasure of using homegrown vegetables for cooking is something out of this world…..The idlis and pochadi look so tempting :).

  • Michelle, Maltese Bacon

    That chutney looks really wonderful.

  • padmaja

    Sailu that chutney looks amazing!!
    Home grown tomatoes, eh?!
    Nothing can beat that taste right?
    My hubby is busy in the garden weeding and making my veggie plot ready for summer and i just can’t wait to grow my own.

  • Sapna

    Hello Sailaja,

    Very nice recipe and photograph. I have a question about the tomatoes in your garden. Did you grow them in a pot or on the ground? And if in a pot, did you use huge stakes to support them?


    I grew them in pots with support, Sapna.

  • swapna

    Hi sailu.
    tomato pachadi looks wonderful!! lots of kothimeera recipes coming up! hee hee

  • laxmi


    Nice pictures of tomatoes and pachadi. Do u think we have to add tamarind in the pickle? I usually never put tamarind in this. Because tomatoes already will be sour right?


    Laxmi, sometimes tomatoes are sweet with less tart. That is why I mentioned in the recipe that tamarind is optional. I add tamarind only if the tomatoes are really sweet with no tang.

  • Shri


    Can I pls come over to taste the chutney??? It looks delicious.
    I have planted tomatoes in my garden. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Your most welcome, Shri.:)

  • Linda

    Hi Sailu, as always, your photos make the dish leap off the page (now, if only some of that pachadi would leap onto my plate!). Your tomato plants look wonderful. I am so jealous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Monisha

    It doesn’t get fresher than this! Your chutney looks tart and delicious, perfect to dunk those soft idlis in!

  • bee

    tomatoes this early? i’m envious.

  • Kanchana

    Your tomatoes look so fresh and beautiful! Nice recipe.

  • Menu Today

    Hi Sailu,
    Tomato Coriander Pachadi looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jyothi

    Hi Sailu, your photos are wonderful. Really I am feeling jealous about your garden…….:-) Tasty chutney. I tried this chutney and its a wonderful chutney. Thanks for sharing.

  • mandira

    Hi Sailu, the tomatoes look beautiful, fresh and delicious. Thank you for participating in Green Blog Project.

  • radhika

    nenu try cesanu.its really good.

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  • Grethel

    Hello, I visit your blog frequently and I like it, because I love Indian food. Sometimes in my house I practise indian recipes from an indian cooking book that I have. But your blog is better!

    Thank you, Grethel and nice to know you love Indian food and prepare at home.:)

  • Kaly (USA)

    Hello, today i tried this pachadi, it came out very well. My hubby loved it..
    Thanks for a good spicy tomato-corriander pachadi recipe …..
    Ur blog is good …… Expect more nice recipies …….
    I need cake recipes . If u have plz blog some cake recipes …..

    Thanks once again ….

  • Divya

    I have been following your blog for a couple of weeks now. And this chutney was my first trial. All of us at home loved it! It went very well with the idlis I made for dinner y’day – note that I made it all in the microwave as I had only but an empty gas cylinder.


  • jaya pai

    hi,, i am not a fan of tomatoes,, but reading at this pachadi, than the other ones in the blog,, sure is tempting and mouthwatering,, thank you for sharing this recipe with us,, i am going to try tonight bye for now

  • Lakshmi

    abba sailu gaaru i envy you hubby and kid telusa ? What a great cook you must be ! naaku maa ammumma gnapakam vasthundi ! Thanks a lot for all the wonderful recipes andi !

  • Meena Rajagopal

    You have re-kindlled my interest in cooking.


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  • padmaja

    hi tomato chetni chala bagundi ani mahusband chepparu two days ki one time ina compulsary cheyymantaru first of all thanks u

  • Blah

    Oreye mkd pachdiki curaki theda. Yenta be vanta Raka pothe nooru muskoni Kucho dariduru da