tomato pachadi

Tomato Pachadi (Andhra Style)

By Swasthi on August 26, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Tomato Pachadi is an Andhra style chutney/condiment made with tomatoes, chilies, garlic, spices & tamarind. The Telugu word “Pachadi” translates to Chutney & sometimes even to a pickle. This slightly tangy, nutty & spicy tomato pachadi is mostly eaten, mixed with hot rice & ghee. It also goes well with any kind of Snacks and Breakfasts like Idli, Dosa, Pesarattu and Pongal. It can also be eaten with flatbreads like roti, paratha or even with toasted bread.


Tomato pachadi

A traditional Andhra meal always consists of a spicy, hot and tangy pachadi, eaten as a side. These chutneys are mostly made with vegetables of all kinds like tomatoes, eggplants, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, carrots and even with leafy greens like gongura, spinach and coriander leaves.

About Tomato Pachadi

This Andhra Tomato Pachadi is made the most basic way by cooking or roasting the tomatoes until the raw flavor has gone. They are cooled and then crushed with roasted lentils or sesame seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, red or green chilies and salt.

Tomato pachadi can be made with any kind of tomatoes, – red ripe tomatoes, semi-ripe tomatoes or even with mature green tomatoes. The process to make the pachadi with all these kinds is same. I also have a recipe of Green Tomato Chutney here.

Ingredients like chana dal, urad dal and sesame seeds are most of the times used in Andhra pachadi recipes. These are roasted on a low heat to bring out the nutty aroma and then ground with the other ingredients.

Apart from balancing the tang from tomatoes, lentils and sesame seeds add some thickness and flavor to the pachadi. This is my Mom’s recipe and she always used sesame seeds as they are healthy and are a rich source of iron, zinc, selenium, fiber and many more. If you don’t want to use them replace with chana dal and/or urad dal.

Traditional tomato pachadi is made with heirloom tomatoes and usually no onions are used. If you want to use onions for sweeter tones, you may check this Tomato chutney recipe.

A lot of people also use tamarind and use plenty of green chilies and/or red chilies to balance the extra tang. I have not used tamarind. If you want you may add a small piece of tamarind while you cook the tomatoes.

Garlic adds pungent flavors, while cumin imparts an earthy aroma and also helps in digestion. Tomato pachadi can also be made to a coarse texture, you will just pulse the ingredients for that.

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How to Make Tomato Pachadi (Stepwise photos)

Preparation

1. To a hot pan, add

  • ¾ tbsp chana dal & ¾ tbsp urad dal (or 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds)
  • 3 to 4 dried red chilies.

Dry roast them on a low heat until golden & crisp. If using chana dal and urad dal dal roast them until golden and aromatic. If using sesame seeds, toast for about 2 minutes and then add the cumin. Toss everything well. Do not burn them, the chutney turns bitter if they are burnt. At the end of this step, you should have crisp red chilies, that helps to blend them well. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.

2. To the same pan, add one tsp. oil and heat it. Add 2 crushed garlic cloves. As soon as they sizzle, add 2 cups chopped tomatoes (about 2 large or 4 medium). Sprinkle half teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon turmeric. By cooking garlic along with tomatoes, the pungent smell of garlic goes away. If you want that pungent flavor you may skip it here and add the raw garlic directly to the grinder.

3. Cook the tomatoes till they turn fully mushy and pulpy. If your tomatoes are hard sprinkle some water. Then cook covered. Cool it completely. To fasten the cooling I transfer it to a plate and spread it.

4. Add the cooled roasted ingredients dals or sesame seeds , red chilies and cumin. Powder these finely.

5. If needed scrape off the sides and powder again.

6. Add the cooled tomato pulp. If using raw garlic, you can add it. If you want you can also add ¼ inch piece of peeled ginger.

7. Blend well to a smooth paste. Do not add water. Taste test and add more salt if you want.

Temper Tomato Pachadi

8. Heat 2 tsps oil in a small pan on a low to medium heat. Add a pinch of mustard, cumin, half broken dried red chilli and a generous pinch of urad dal (adds flavor, optional). When the dal turns golden, add 1 sprig curry leaves and a pinch of hing. Switch off. Pour this to the pachadi or transfer the chutney here and mix well.

Serve Tomato pachadi with breakfasts like idli, pesarattu, dosa, pongal, paratha or sandwiches.

tomato pachadi

Recipe Card

andhra tomato chutney

Tomato Pachadi (Andhra Style)

Andhra Tomato Pachadi made with tomatoes, red chilies, garlic, spices and curry leaves. Serve this as a side in your meal. Goes well with idli, dosa, pesarattu or even with pakoras and sandwiches.
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Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Servings4
AuthorSwasthi

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 3 to 4 dried red chilies (adjust to taste or red chili flakes)
  • 2 cups tomatoes chopped, (2 large or 4 medium)
  • ¾ tablespoon chana dal or 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • ¾ tablespoon urad dal
  • ½ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (or ¼ teaspoon ginger)

Tempering

  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 dried red chili small, broken
  • 1 pinch cumin (⅛ teaspoon)(optional)
  • 1 pinch mustard (⅛ teaspoon)
  • 1 pinch urad dal (¼ to ½ teaspoon) (optional, adds flavor)
  • 1 pinch hing
  • 1 pod garlic crushed (optional)

Instructions

Preparation

  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add red chilies, chana dal and urad dal. Roast them until they turn golden & aromatic. Red chilies should turn crisp. If using sesame seeds add them now and toast slightly.
  • Then add cumin & roast just for few seconds. Remove them and set aside to cool.
  • To the same pan, add tomatoes, garlic, salt and turmeric. Fry till the tomatoes turn completely soft and mushy. If needed cover and cook. Set aside to cool.

How to Make Tomato Pachadi

  • To a grinder add the roasted chilies, lentils and cumin. Powder them fine.
  • Add tomatoes and grind. If you want a traditional pachadi consistency, pulse a few times, scraping the sides.
  • Check the salt and spice now. if needed add more.

Tempering

  • Add oil to the same pan and heat it. Add mustard cumin, red chili, curry leaves and hing. if you wish you can add a garlic pod too. when the curry leaves turn crisp. Turn off the stove. Add the pachadi to the pan and mix well.
  • Serve tomato pachadi with rice, any Indian breakfasts or bread.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Pachadi (Andhra Style)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 218mg9%
Potassium 683mg20%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 935IU19%
Vitamin C 114.1mg138%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tomato Pachadi (Andhra Style)

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I liked the other version of this with onions. I make it every week.

Hi Swasthi,

I really like your recipes.

However, in this recipes you say 2 cup which should be 480 grams of tomatos? But in your pictures, it looks like far less quantity of tomatoes.

Can you pls clarify.

Thanks, Vini

Good to know I can add sesame seeds..I would usually add methi seeds as well to the dry ingredients fried..

Hi Swasthi, how long can I preserve this chutney. Please advice tips if I want to store it for atleast 3 to 4 weeks.

very nice recipes

Friends have a “bird sown”tomato bush that bears tomatoes profusely. They do not get past a yellow colour, very firm and healthy but lacking in tomato flavor. Is there a use for them. I have had a few on my kitchen windowsill and theystubbornly stay yellow. Could someone help here please

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Just made this to have with dosa… And I am already licking the spoon clean… This is going in my list of yummy things..

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The recipe for tomatoe chatney sounds delicious!!! Sure I’m going to make it one of these days.

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Nice recipe. Chutney turned out yummy. We tried this with oats idli. Thank you.

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Your recipes look fabulous and I would love to try them, but am dissapointed that you do not have a print function on your recipe cards (my computer is far away from the kitchen) and I am not going to spend time writing them out…. I want to spend my time making them and enjoying eating them….

Hi Swasthi

Thank you so much for your prompt reply and assistance – they is greatly appreciated. The browser function does not actually work like that as the recipe page is mostly spread over 2-3 pages with other stuff wrapping it at the beginning and end… Nonetheless, thank you. I hope your print function and select (one cannot even select text to print either – both are anti copyright protocols – but not very friendly or inviting) functions work soon! 🙂

Kind regards
Sandy

Take a picture in your phone or open the website in your phone keep the phone in the kitchen and try the recipes so simple

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I tired this recipe today turned out very well but it was damn spicy.. I love all your recipes thx alot

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Hi , Tried this recipe with oinion, it was tasty, Thank u for this recipe

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Its very nice very easy to cook thanks

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Super recipes thanks for sare
How to preserve long time
Tomato chatani

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Tomato chutney turned out yummy. Made your idli and chutney

Hi, Swasthi.

I always wonder what kind of blender (brand/manufacturer) you use?
Is it multi-purpose? Say, to make masala, paste for kurma, and chutney?

I bought a blender here in Japan, to make powder spices, however, it’s not strong enough to make chutney or paste for kurma, and wonder if I could buy similar blender you have by online?

Thank you!