Tomato Chutney
Tomato Chutney
5 from 4 votes
Tomato chutney is a spicy and tangy condiment made from fresh ripe tomatoes, onion, garlic, and a variety of spices. It is a delectable dip that adds a lot of flavour and taste to Indian dishes.
Tomato Chutney

Introducing a classic condiment with a twist: Tomato Chutney. Originating from South Asia, chutneys are savory and tangy accompaniments that add depth and flavor to various dishes.

This Tomato Chutney recipe brings together the sweetness of ripe tomatoes, the sharpness of onions and garlic, and the kick of red chilli, creating a versatile condiment that pairs well with everything from grilled meats to cheese platters.

What makes this recipe special is its simplicity and versatility. With just a handful of ingredients like ripe tomatoes, red onions, garlic, and spices like cumin and mustard seeds, you can whip up a batch of this flavorful chutney in no time. The addition of red wine vinegar and brown sugar balances the acidity of the tomatoes, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

Whether you spread it on toast, pair it with grilled meats, or use it as a dip for samosas, this Tomato Chutney is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

Expert Tip: Feel free to adjust the amount of spices, such as cumin seeds and mustard seeds, according to your taste preferences.


Ripe Tomatoes: Ripe tomatoes form the base of this tomato chutney, providing a rich, sweet flavor and vibrant color. They add a natural sweetness and acidity to the chutney, making it tangy and flavorful.

Red Onion: Chopped red onions add a sharp and slightly sweet flavor to the chutney. They complement the sweetness of the tomatoes and add depth to the overall taste.

Garlic: Minced garlic adds a pungent, aromatic flavor to the chutney. It enhances the savory notes and adds complexity to the dish.

Red Chilli: Red chilli brings a spicy kick to the chutney, balancing the sweetness of the tomatoes and onions. Adjust the amount according to your preference for heat.

Cumin Seeds: Cumin seeds contribute a warm, earthy flavor to the chutney. When sautéed, they release a nutty aroma that enhances the overall taste.

Mustard Seeds: Mustard seeds add a subtle, tangy flavor and a pleasant crunch to the chutney. They complement the other spices and add depth to the dish.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is used for sautéing the spices and vegetables, adding richness and a hint of fruity flavor to the chutney.

Salt: Salt enhances the flavors of the ingredients and helps balance the sweetness and acidity of the chutney. Adjust the amount according to your taste.

Red Wine Vinegar: Red wine vinegar provides acidity and tanginess to the chutney, balancing the sweetness of the tomatoes and sugar. It adds brightness to the flavor profile.

Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds sweetness and depth to the chutney, balancing the acidity of the tomatoes and vinegar. It caramelizes slightly during cooking, enhancing the overall flavor.

Expert Tip: The sweetness of the chutney can be adjusted by varying the amount of brown sugar added.

Serving Suggestions

  • Spread it on Toast: Tomato chutney makes a delicious topping for toast or crusty bread. Simply spread a generous layer of chutney on toasted bread for a flavorful breakfast or snack.
  • Pair with Cheese: Serve tomato chutney alongside a cheese platter for a tasty appetizer or party snack. It pairs particularly well with sharp cheeses like cheddar or aged gouda.
  • Serve with Grilled Meats: Use tomato chutney as a condiment for grilled meats such as chicken, pork, or lamb. Its tangy-sweet flavor adds a delicious contrast to the savory meat.
  • Use as a Dip: Serve tomato chutney as a dip for samosas, pakoras, or other Indian snacks. Its bold flavor and chunky texture make it a perfect accompaniment for crispy fried treats.
  • Mix into Salad Dressings: Incorporate tomato chutney into homemade salad dressings for an extra burst of flavor. Simply whisk together olive oil, vinegar, and a spoonful of chutney for a delicious dressing to drizzle over salads.

Expert Tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment with the texture of the chutney. If you prefer a smoother consistency, blend the chutney until smooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I adjust the spiciness of the chutney?

Yes, you can adjust the spiciness of the chutney by varying the amount of red chilli used. If you prefer a milder chutney, reduce the amount of chilli, or omit it entirely for a mild, sweet version.

How long does the chutney last?

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, tomato chutney can last for up to 4-6 weeks. Make sure to refrigerate it promptly after cooling to maintain freshness.

Can I freeze the chutney?

Yes, tomato chutney can be frozen for longer storage. Transfer the cooled chutney to freezer-safe containers or zip-top bags, leaving some room for expansion, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

Can I use other types of vinegar?

While red wine vinegar is recommended for its balanced flavor, you can substitute it with other types of vinegar such as apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. Keep in mind that this may slightly alter the taste of the chutney.

Is it necessary to blend the chutney?

Blending the chutney is optional and depends on your preferred consistency. If you prefer a chunky texture, you can skip the blending step and enjoy the chutney as-is. Blending creates a smoother texture, ideal for spreading or dipping.

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Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney

by Nabeela Kauser
Tomato chutney is a spicy and tangy condiment made from fresh ripe tomatoes, onion, garlic, and a variety of spices. It is a delectable dip that adds a lot of flavour and taste to Indian dishes.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Sauces & Dips
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 110 kcal


  • 500 g Ripe Tomatoes Chopped
  • 2 Red Onion Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Red Chilli Chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt To taste
  • 50 ml Red Wine Vinegar
  • 50 g Brown Sugar


  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Sauté the cumin and mustard seeds for a minute or until they become fragrant.
  • Add the chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, red chilli, minced garlic, and salt to the pan.
  • Cook on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes until the tomatoes become soft and pulpy.
  • Stir in the red wine vinegar and brown sugar, and cook for another 5-10 minutes until the chutney thickens.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let the chutney cool.
  • Blend the chutney to your desired consistency, if preferred.
  • Serve with your favourite dish or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-6 weeks.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 281mgFibre: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 704IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chutney, Dips, Food, Indian, Ramadan, Recipe, Spicy, Tomato
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Nabeela Kauser

That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so glad you enjoyed my tomato chutney recipe. It’s always special when a recipe can bring back fond memories. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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