Cook's Hideout: Nepali Tomato Chutney (Tomato Achar)

September 16, 2014

Nepali Tomato Chutney (Tomato Achar)

This is a very tasty and spicy chutney. Tastes great with rice or roti or as a sandwich spread.
Nepali Tomato Chutney (Tomato Achar)
Recipe adapted from here:
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Red Chilies - 3 (fresh ones, not dried)
Ginger - 1" piece, finely grated
Garlic - 4 cloves, thinly sliced
Ground Coriander - ½tsp
Ground Cumin - ½tsp
Mustard seeds - ½tsp
Fenugreek Seeds - ½tsp
Turmeric - ½tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Dry roast the tomatoes in a skillet until nicely roasted on all sides. Remove the tomatoes and add the red chilies to the skillet. Dry roast the chilies until charred.
  • Let the tomatoes and chilies cool. Peel the tomatoes; chop both the tomatoes and chilies. Reserve all the tomato juice.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a sauce pan, add the mustard and fenugreek seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter, add the grated ginger and sliced garlic. Cook till the garlic is lightly browned all over. Add the chopped tomatoes, chilies, reserved tomato juice, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric and salt.
  • Cook on medium flame until all the water is evaporated and the chutney gets a nice thick consistency.
Nepali Tomato Chutney (Tomato Achar)
Check out the complete Nepali Thali here.


  1. Wow looks lip smacking pavani..will have to try it sometime..never used ground Coriander..that must have added so much flavour!

  2. Tomato achar seems to be a popular achar. Everyone who did Nepali thali for today have this achar on their menu.

  3. Lovely recipe! Love the bright color. Will try this

  4. simple and nice , can be used to make as an addition to stir fries as well

  5. Even I made this achaar and we all loved that vibrant color of this pickle you made.

  6. Roasting the tomato will give its yummy flavour.

  7. Lovely color and sounds very tasty too...

  8. in the ingredient list what is the quanity of mustard and fenugreek seeds?

    1. I updated the recipe with their quantities. Thank you for letting me know about the missing ingredients.


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