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Tomato Chutney / Tomato Chutney Recipe – Thakkali Chutney – Movie Magic

The idea of giving sub-titles to films  is an inspired, ingenious one.While the essence of the film remains intact, it provides clarity – both of speech as well as of understanding. For movie buffs like us, we are exposed to different cultures, different times, different lifestyles and reveals how man is the same everywhere. 

‘Paleri Manikyam’ is an outstanding piece of cinema. The haunting title song,the slick direction, the brilliant acting of Mammooty, raises the movie to a different level of excellence. The innovative direction threads the universality of human nature across generations.The social history of Kerala is engaged through the medium of an investigation.

Mammooty’s nuanced style of acting is intense and layered. His performance is so powerful that one cannot imagine the role being effectively played with another actor.  The other characters play-off him effectively, especially Shwetha Menon, Mustafa (young Barber Keshavan) and Srinivasan.  Interspered with narrations, alternating between the past and the present, Ranjith’s (the director) presentation succeeds in keeping the audience hooked to the end.

Paleri Manikyam is a Malayalam movie. I hope, a time will come when all  movies  are  screened in theatres with suitable subtitles. The magic of the movies would enthrall the entire country (if not the world) and excellent movies can be truly enjoyed by everybody.

I make tomato chutney when tomatoes are in season, as an alternative to fresh coconut chutney at rush times, in lunch tiffins and on overnight trips. Thakkali Chutney is delicious  as a sandwich paste. Hope you will also find it useful. 

Tomato ChutneyThakkali Chutney:


  • Tomato -1/2 kg
  • Onions -1/2  kg
  • Garlic – 4 cloves (optional)
  • Til oil -1 cup
  • Chilly powder-1tbsp
  • Salt – to taste


  • Grind onions and garlic together. Transfer to a bowl . Grind tomatoes to a paste. Mix  all three  together. Add salt to the mixture.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan.  Add onion – tomato mixture.  In low heat keep stirring till the right consistency is attained – about one hour.
  • Tomato chutney can be safely stored in a dry container in the refrigerator for a week. Thakkali Chutney is an ideal accompaniment to chappatis, idly or dosa or used as a paste for sandwiches.

Quick Tip – Don’t be alarmed if your soup has become too thin. Add a grated cooked potato to it and boil  till it has added body to the soup. Alternately you can dissolve cornflour in water , add to the soup and simmer  to thicken it.

Quick Snack  To make CHICKEN SANDWICHES, butter bread well. Mix together 3/4 cup-diced cooked chicken, 1/4 cup-grated cheese, 3 tablespoons-mayonnaise, pepper and salt. Makes about 6 sandwiches.


About Paddy

When I married and came to Bangalore, it was a real ‘Pensioners’ Paradise.’ The climate was as today’s generation would say – ‘Awesome’. It was cool and pleasant throughout the year. My parents cautioned me to keep warm and have given me the loveliest Kashmir shawls, which I treasure to this day. Since I could not distinguish between rice and dal, cooking was an uphill task. I had a cook from Kerala, but the cold weather did not suit her and in a month’s time, she went back. Looking back, I have come a long way now… Cooking for me has metamorphosed from a daily routine of making edible and nutritious food for my family to an exciting journey of creativity by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. To me, food is not only for nourishment and sustenance. Its taste and flavors take us back to our good times too. Food is nostalgia and comfort. It brings home our culture. Food is a treat and nourishment for the soul too. I dedicate this blog to my parents, who instilled in me a strong sense of ethics and discipline, and whose affection, love and support gives me strength in this journey of life. I feel the need of today’s generation, who come away from their homes and crave for home cooked food. To you too, I dedicate this blog, where I will share the recipes that I have learnt and grown to love over the years.


3 thoughts on “Tomato Chutney / Tomato Chutney Recipe – Thakkali Chutney – Movie Magic

  1. Looks interesting.Will try the dishes whenever possible. Cograts. for your presentation..

    Best regards,
    Rajee Ravi

    Posted by Rajee Ravi | February 19, 2012, 11:53 AM
  2. The chicken sandwiches make a great snack. Easy to make, easy on the tastebuds…….!:) And great when you’re travelling. Good for a party too. There’s nothing children like more than sandwiches, chips and juice!!!! 😉

    Posted by sindhu | February 20, 2012, 10:13 PM

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