Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney is a flavorsome summer affair. It is loaded with the roasted flavor of tomatoes and the pungent taste of mustard oil. What is not there to love it? It has all my favorite ingredients – garlic, mustard oil and the coriander. My family is addictive to this chutney. Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney is one multi-purpose dip that can be used in so many ways. A spoonful in vinaigrette and you have a delicious dressing ready in few minutes. Or serve it as a dip with munchies along with drinks. And it compliments the Indian curries as well. Such a versatile sauce and it takes less than 20 minutes to get ready.
At times I feel it is the Indian take on the Mexican salsa. Who knows, maybe some wise man/woman created the recipe after tasting the delicious salsa. Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney is a popular condiment across all the regions of Uttar Pradesh, India. The word ‘bhune’ is a Hindi term for anything that is roasted. The tomatoes and chilies are roasted over the direct flame to get the smoky flavor in the chutney. On one occasion, I roasted the tomatoes over a bbq grill and the chutney turned out delicious because of the intense smoky flavor from the charcoal. But on a routine basis, it is difficult to bring out the grill for chutney. So roasting the tomatoes over the direct flame of a gas stove is a quick and easy method.
Mostly prepared during the summer season when there is less variety of vegetables available in the market condiments like Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney adds great variety in the everyday menu. Along with the variety, it adds a unique dimension of flavor as well. In certain places, they don’t even blend the roasted tomato. All the ingredients are finely chopped and combined together. That tastes delicious too. And has a lot more texture to it. At home, I prefer whizzing the whole thing once in a food processor. That’s it.
Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney is one of the quickest, tastiest condiment that can be done in no time. And with a jar full of this tomato chutney sitting in the fridge life is so much sorted when it comes to planning sides for the everyday meal. You can add it on top of dal, serve it with paratha, use it as a dressing/marinade or as a dip. So many uses of a simple, fuss-free chutney! Is that even possible? Oh yeah, and I almost forgot to mention, this tomato chutney is gluten-free and vegan too. So hope now you have more reason to try the recipe of this Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney.