Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney

4.84 from 36 votes

Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney is awesome with parathas or sandwiches! It's the perfect accompaniment to any Indian meal.

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Sweet & spicy tomato chutney is the perfect accompaniment to Indian meals. You will love it with paratha or your sandwiches!

Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney

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!

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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!

Sweet Spicy Tomato Chutney Recipe

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.

 

Method

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Once the chutney has cooled down, store it in an airtight container.

Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney

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Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney

4.84 from 36 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney is awesome with parathas or sandwiches! It's the perfect accompaniment to any Indian meal.

Ingredients 

  • 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
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Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

Adjust the garam masala and red chili powder to taste. The chutney gets quite a lot of heat from the garam masala, if you think you can't handle it, reduce the quantity of garam masala to 1 teaspoon.

Nutrition

Calories: 706kcal, Carbohydrates: 145g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3531mg, Potassium: 766mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 133g, Vitamin A: 2495IU, Vitamin C: 40.7mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
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Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chutney

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138 Comments

  1. Hi Manali,
    I’ve made this and it was beautiful, thank you! Is the vinegar white wine cinegar, cider vinegar or white vinegar please?
    Thank you,
    Carol

  2. Hi Manali, I made this recipe of yours before and it was amazing. Unfortunately I have a lot of green tomatoes that did not colour yellow as they were yellow variety. Can I use green tomatoes. I can’t imagine the colour will look ok though? Thank you

  3. Do you have a recipe for onion chutney? It is often served with Samosas or paratha. The recipe I would like to find has diced chunks of onion with spice and a tomato base.

  4. 5 stars
    I don’t normally comment on recipes, but EVERYONE needs to make this recipe. I made it on the weekend as I has heaps of tomatoes. And I have told EVERYONE about it since!
    I added more chilli (to taste) and a little less sugar – mainly because I’m awful at following a recipe.

    But 10/10 recommend, my husband is addicted & requested more is made ASAP!

  5. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 4 stars
    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.

    1. Hi
      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 .

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious and authentic.
    I followed the recipe without any adjustments, the taste and texture are perfect ,
    Thankyou Manali

  8. 4 stars
    Way too much sugar. I cut the recipe of 250 grams down to 75 and it was far better. I wasted the first batch at 250. Blimey woman, you must have a sweet set of teeth!

    1. haha it’s not my original recipe actually. my mother-in-law learnt it in 1970s from a home science lesson that she took and shared that recipe with me. Glad you like it after cutting down the sugar

  9. Hi there. Just came across your recipe. It sounds delicious. I am planning to do it soon. Should I skin the tomatoes please?

  10. Hi Manali,
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    I have green cherry tomatoes harvested from my garden last week because it starts to frost at night here.
    Can I use these tomatoes? I think they might be tart, so maybe I can adjust the sugar amount. Or do you have a green tomato chutney recipe?

    1. Hi Natalie, you can use them. If they are too tart, just increase the amount of sugar. I don’t have a green tomato chutney recipe.

    1. you can possibly freeze it. I usually keep in in the fridge and it lasts for 3 to 4 weeks and it gets over in that time 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Just made it, it’s delicious and full of flavors. I halved the sugar though.
    I’m using it for samosas dip.
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe.