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Tung tap Chutney Recipe

My mouth is watery at the thought of having tung tap chutney. It’s the best food recipe in the whole wide world. Besides our tung tap chutney recipe is quite different from the rest of the world.

It is traditionally made with the help of a stone mortar and pestle in a conventional way.

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I used to be a food lover but now I am more focused on businesses rather than food. I love hanging out with my best buddies trying out new restaurants and new food available locally in Shillong and all those who knew me and my gang; knew that I love trying new food and adventures.

But I guess I’ve turned into a new leaf now with a completely new character. Well, things change and I’m very much at ease with my metaphors process. 

There is so much important thing in life apart from food and adventures but however; I love sharing this recipe with you. 

If you live in Shillong you probably know that Tung tap is the most loved local chutney amongst the Khasi-Pnar community be it summer or winter!

There are various recipes for making tung tap chutney but nothing beats the taste like making it, the conventional way.

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Tung tap chutney recipe

Tungtap makes your meal delicious even without meat! I can have three plates of rice with just Tung tap alone.

So, you don’t feel like having food; make yourself a tung tap chutney.

I will be sharing three recipes today. The first one is the most conventional one. The other two are something that I just enjoy making and having!

tung tap chutney


This tung tap chutney recipe is easy to make yet mouth watery. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare. Hope you'll love it.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 0.01 kcal


  • Motor and pestle or use the traditional stone ones.
  • Spoon or spatula for scopping
  • Cute bowl to keep the chutney


  • 4-5 pcs tung tap
  • 1 pc fried fish or steamed potato
  • 1 pc steamed tomato
  • 1/2 tbsp Turmeric, salt to taste,
  • 6-7 pcs red chillies or green ones will do
  • 2-3 bulb onions
  • 2-3 pcs scallion (jyllang)
  • 4-5 pcs Jaiur (Szechuan Pepper)


  • Take 3-4 tungtap and smoke it till it turns brown or else just fry it if you don't like to smoke it.
  • Slice organic turmeric into 4-5 slices or you can use turmeric powder. (I prefer using fresh lakadong turmeric). Add salt, chillies, jyllang (green scallion) and Jaiur (sichuan pepper), onions, garlic.
  • Grind all the above ingredients together or else one step at a time pounded them with the help of a motor and pestle.
    tungtap chutney recipe
  • Then when everything blends well together; mash 1 steamed potato or 1 dried fish and add to the above ingredients. Add 1 steam tomato so that it will be a bit juicy.
  • Grind or pounded it all until you got a smooth consistency without any lump remaining and viola! Your tungtap chutney is ready.


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We actually did it with the conventional style of our motor and pestle. 
Tungtap tastes better this way rather than using a grinder. But no issue. You can grind it whatever way you want!
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This style is also good and tastes GREAT! It is quick, easy to make and salivates your taste bud.


  • Red or green chillies. Your choice. But I love green chillies always!
  • 1 large chopped red onion. (I love red onions when making stuff rather than white onions. Red onions have a strong flavour and taste and I like it)
  • 2-3 tung tap
  • Fresh tomatoes cut into small pieces
  • Salt to taste


  • Take one large red onion and chop it finely.
  • Take 2-3 tungtap and smoke it till it’s cooked or you can fry it.
  • Then cut it into small pieces or chopped it.
  • Take green or red chillies as many as you’ll like to be hot and cut them into small pieces.
  • Cut one tomato into small pieces.
  • Now blend and mix all the above ingredients together and add salt to taste.

Yup! Just that and your Tung tap is ready.


tung tap chutney recipe
Tungtap with fresh tomatoes chutney


You can also make tomatoes fried tungtap style and taste just as amazing as the above two styles. Keep in mind all methods taste differently.


  • 4-5 chopped ripe tomatoes (Peel it skin)
  • Finely chop chillies
  • Salt
  • 2-3 finely chopped onions
  • 3-4 tungtap
  • A saucepan
  • Mustard Oil. You can use refined oil. ( I use mustard oil)


  • Take a saucepan and heat it gently. When it is heated, add 1 tablespoon of mustard oil in it.
    Wait for a minute or two for the oil to get heated on a low flame and then add finely chopped onions to it.
  • Now add chillies.
  • Cook the onions until they are golden brown along with the chillies and then add the finely chopped ripe tomatoes and stir.
  • Add salt to taste. Covered for a few minutes till the tomatoes become super soft.
    Then constantly start stirring and mash the tomatoes as well with the help of the spatula that you are using for stirring, till it makes a fine paste.
  • Then add 3-4 pieces of tungtap to it, and keep stirring.
  • All this should be done on a low flame heat, cooking and stirring it gently.
  • After a few minutes, your tomatoes fried tung tap is ready!

We have it with rice or with steamed potatoes. Hope you enjoy making this tung tap chutney recipe and share your thoughts below.

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Bon-appetite and stay blessed. Have a wonderful time.

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