Red Bell Pepper and Sundried Tomato Chutney

It is a spread on dosas and parathas. A dip for mini idlies. Pongal, rice and upma love to mix and mingle. Sun-dried Tomato chutney. What’s the attraction? Some said, it’s the concentrated goodness of the sun-dried tomatoes, for some it’s the red bell pepper smoky sweetness. While others say it’s a matter of cooking it quickly on very high heat. I think all three contributed to the red hot success of this chutney and popularity in my home.

Sundried Tomatoes

Red Bell Pepper and Sundried Tomato Chutney
(for a week, for two or four)

12 sun-dried tomatoes
2 red bell peppers
1 tablespoon, thick tamarind pulp
1/2 teaspoon, salt or to taste
1 tablespoon, peanut oil

Chop red bell peppers coarsely to chunky pieces. Include the seeds.

Heat peanut oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the red bell pepper pieces. Stirring constantly, sauté to soft, about 15 minutes. Add sundried tomatoes. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to sauté, stirring often for another two minutes. Turn off the heat. Wait for the ingredients to reach room temperature.

Take the roasted red bell pepper and sun-dried tomato pieces in a blender or food processor. Add tamarind pulp and salt. Blend until smooth. Remove to a clean, glass jar or cup. Serve and enjoy the chutney with your favorite savory items.

(Chutney stays fresh up to a week when refrigerated.)

Red Bell Pepper and Sundried Tomato Chutney
Red Bell Pepper and Sundried Tomato Chutney


  • By Madhu, April 12, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    I like all your chutney recipes, like this combo of sundried tomatoes and bell pepper. They make chutney very colorful.

  • By Kalyani, April 12, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    Hi Indira,
    Its a new recipe to me. Looks delicious. I will surely try this & tell u how it was.

  • By Indian Girl, April 12, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

    Yumm ! Will work well with pasta like a pesto or on pizza too ! I’m gonna try this with some orzo soon !

  • By Harini, April 12, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

    nice recipe..was wondering where u got sun dried tomatoes? did u sun dry them urself?

  • By Kay, April 12, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

    I am big fan of chutneys and this one is really tempting and very creative.

  • By ruchikacooks, April 12, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    I have made plain sun dried tomato chutney, almost like thakkali thokku, this looks filling!

  • By Manju Rajender, April 13, 2010 @ 12:44 am

    Haven’t had breakfast yet….sitting here and looking at this chutney….I just crave for hot, hot idlies and this chutney :( .

  • By Manju Rajender, April 13, 2010 @ 12:45 am

    I wanted to try it soon :)

  • By Priti, April 13, 2010 @ 5:35 am

    Nice combo and the chutney looks very tempting

  • By notyet100, April 13, 2010 @ 6:41 am


  • By Akhila Krishnamurthy, April 13, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Hi Indira,
    I love your other red bellpepper chutney with peanuts. This looks interesting. Did you use sun dried tomatoes in oil or just the dried ones?

  • By, April 13, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    This chutney sounds wonderful it must taste super with the sundried tomatoes.

  • By Radhika Vasanth, April 13, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    I am sure it should taste out of the world. Are the sundried tomatoes made at home or bought from store?

  • By Madhuram, April 14, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    That’s a combination I haven’t tried. I see that you have not used any red/green chilies, so is the chutney only sour?

  • By Padmaja, April 14, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    My question is the same as Madhuram’s. No Popu, at all?

  • By Srimathi, April 14, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    This is such a great idea to used sun dried tomato.

  • By Indira, April 14, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    Thanks for your comments.
    Sun-dried tomatoes are store-bought, from a jar, preserved in oil.
    And, I did not add any hot chillies. Red bell peppers which are roasted are the main source for mild sweet-spice nature of this chutney. Very kid friendly.
    For some punch, add few fresh or dried chillies to the ingredient list.

  • By Hema, April 14, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    Colorful Chutney! Yummy!!

  • By Narayan, April 15, 2010 @ 3:07 am

    Hmm Red Bell Peppers in a chutney must be something. Well what timing I must say, because it was yesterday that I wrote of the ripening green chillies in my “Window Sill Garden”. If interested, read on at,


  • By tigress, April 15, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

    i have a lot of sun-dried tomatoes that are not in oil. how would you recommend substituting them for the ones preserved in oil?

    Hi Tigress,
    Cover them with just enough water and soak for about ten minutes, so that they can saute and blend well when processed through food processor. Add the water they soaked in for easy blending. Sounds good?

  • By Padmaja, April 20, 2010 @ 6:13 am

    Thanks Indira. I can use this recipe to introduce my kids to chutney!

  • By 2friendscooking, April 23, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    I love your blog and thank you for this recipe. Easy to find ingredients, especially in Italy. Can’t wait to make it.

  • By laurel dawkins, June 30, 2011 @ 4:27 am

    this chutney looks fab! i’m doing a course at school and were making chutneys
    i might just try this one!

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