Sweet & spicy tomato chutney is the perfect accompaniment to Indian meals. You will love it with paratha or your sandwiches!
India is often called the land of chutneys and pickles. Whatever you can think of, from lemons to onion to tomatoes to cauliflower to carrots and everything in between – we can make a chutney or pickle out of it.
Indian meals are often incomplete without a side of chutney.
The most common chutney that you get in every Indian restaurant is the mint cilantro chutney. It goes so well with all Indian appetizers, breads etc. however there are some other amazing chutneys as well.
I remember when I was little, I was so fond of a garlic and green chili chutney. It was basically just crushed garlic, chili and oil and it used to taste amazing with plain paratha (flatbread).
One of our house helpers at my grandparents house used to make that chutney and whenever we went there during our summer break, that chutney was the first thing I demanded!
This year while I was in India, I was totally hooked onto this sweet & spicy tomato chutney. This is my mother-in-law’s recipe and I am so excited to be sharing it with you guys because the chutney is absolutely amazing!
My MIL learnt this chutney way back in the 70s when she attended some cooking class. She had this written in her old diary and she made it this year while we were visiting.
Once I had this tomato chutney, I wanted it everyday. Seriously guys it tastes so amazing with parathas or just about anything!
I was so hooked onto to it that by the time we were leaving, I asked mummy to give me the recipe. She just explained me verbally how she made it and made me write down the ingredients. So as soon as I was back here, I had to make it! And I did and it turned out amazing!
Few things about this sweet & spicy tomato chutney – there’s a lot of garam masala in it so some people might find it hot. When I tasted it as soon as it was done, I found it too spicy but as it cooled down, it became just perfect.
However in case you can’t handle all the heat from garam masala and the chili powder, please reduce the quantity of both.
This sweet and spicy tomato chutney is great with parathans, on top of bread or with your favorite snacks! The chutney obviously is vegan.
Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in pan on medium heat. Add finely chopped tomatoes.
Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the moisture in tomatoes totally dries out. Set aside.
Pulse ginger-garlic and onion in food processor. You want them really fine for this recipe.
Heat a pan on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil to it. Once the oil is hot add the chopped ginger and garlic and cook for a minute or two.
Add onion next and cook till the raw smell of the onion goes away completely.
Now add the prepared tomato and mix well. Cook for a minute.
Add garam masala, red chili powder, vinegar and salt. Mix well and cook for another minute.
Now add sugar and mix.
The chutney will turn liquidy as the sugar melts.
Keep stirring and cook for another 2-3 minutes till it thickens a bit. Don’t cook it for too long because the chutney will thicken as it cools down. Remove from heat and let it cool down.
Once the chutney has cooled down, store it in an airtight container.
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Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney
- 4 large tomatoes 500 grams, finely chopped
- 5 large garlic cloves 10 grams
- 3 x 1 inch ginger 25 grams
- 1 medium red onion 50 grams
- 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon oil divided
- 2 teaspoons garam masala around 8 grams
- 1.5 teaspoon red chili powder around 6 grams
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 250 grams sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in pan on medium heat. Add finely chopped tomatoes.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring in between or until the moisture in tomatoes totally dries out. Set aside.
- Pulse ginger-garlic and onion in food processor. You want them really fine for this recipe.
- Heat a pan on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil to it.
- Once the oil is hot add the chopped ginger and garlic and cook for a minute or two.
- Add onion next and cook till the raw smell of the onion goes away completely.
- Now add the prepared tomato and mix well. Cook for a minute.
- Add garam masala, red chili powder, vinegar and salt. Mix well and cook for another minute.
- Now add sugar and mix. The chutney will turn liquidy as the sugar melts.
- Keep stirring and cook for another 2-3 minutes till it thickens a bit. Don't cook it for too long because the chutney will thicken as it cools down.
- Remove from heat and let it cool down. Once the chutney has cooled down, store it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney
125 thoughts on “Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney”
I love this recipe, I made it and it’s absolutely delicious! Ran out and couldn’t find the recipe again!! Saved now, will be a staple in our house, thank you!
I made this and I agree – too much sugar and I think too much garlic .
I’ll try again with 3 cloves of garlic and Half a cup of sugar and maybe some extra crushed coriander seeds .
That’s what cooking is I guess – adjusting to your own taste.
Ok the issue isn’t the recipe it is the source of ingredients – so Indian garlic cloves are much smaller and they would use jaggery instead of white sugar and this is 1/3,less sweet . I’ll try again with adjusted amounts .
Delicious! I used 1/4 less sugar and salt.
Delicious and authentic.
I followed the recipe without any adjustments, the taste and texture are perfect ,
glad to know Jane!
Hi . How long does this excellent chutney keep?
it keeps in the fridge for 2-3 weeks easily
Hi Manali, recipie looks delicious. Can I use fresh chilli’s instead of chilli powder?
you can, maybe add 2