Tomato Chutney. Or Relish. Whatever.

tomato chutney relish recipe

Whatever you want to call it,tomato chutney or relish is delicious. Sure it’s a bit “nanna”, but I’m already one part nanna, one part pregnant 30-year-old, and three parts Betty Crocker anyway. It’s a given.

I made this as gifts over the Christmas period, and kept a little over for myself. It’s everything a good chutney should be – tangy yet sweet and full of tomatoes. And easy to make. Kept in a little jar with a frilly lid cover, and you’ve got yourself a one delicious nostalgic condiment. My mother even said it resembled my own nana’s chutney and for an old-fashioned gal like me, that’s high praise indeed.

I usually eat it on cheese sandwiches which reminds me terribly of Stephen Fry, as he was fond of a chutney and cheese himself. It’s also delicious on crackers with cream cheese, as a dip for fries or veggies, as a sauce on just about anything, or even added to soups for a little boost. As far as condiments go, it’s quite versatile.

This one is even made with canned tomatoes, which brings the costs down considerably, and the flavour is not compromised. Promise.


2 large red onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 x 800g cans chopped tomatoes
2 cups white sugar
2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Place all ingredients into a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour until mixture thickens. Stir now and then.

3. Transfer into sterilised jars (I boil mine for 10 minutes), and seal.

There now, doesn’t even just reading that make you want to don an apron?

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  • Julia Regner

    Made this today and it turned out awesome! I've been looking for a good tomato chutney/relish, and I FOUND IT! I'm serving it tonight with grilled pork tenderloin and roasted carrots, yum!

  • veggiemama

    So glad you like it! I think it's so easy :)

  • Staci Barden

    I made the chutney today! Can't wait to try it at dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I hope you don't mind, I mentioned (and including a link) to your blog in my blog about making it :)

  • Anonymous

    Best recipes has the same recipe???

  • Veggie Mama

    Really? I'm not surprised. There are a million and one ways of making relish or chutney. Lots of people upload to best recipes, maybe they got the recipe from my family too!

  • Peter Shephard

    Peter Shephard
                             made your tomato chutney/relish and it tastes great, thnx for a great recipe had lots of tomatoes to use up Awesome:) thnx again

  • Veggie Mama

    I'm so pleased!! Thanks for taking the time to come back and tell me you tried it. It's so wonderful :-)

  • Chickpeas

    Yummy chutney. This  is nice sharing. I love this one & it is tasty &  easy to make. Thanks for this sharing.

  • Veggie Mama

    You are welcome!

  • Emmy Finlayson

    Making this tonight…no more store bought chutney:)

  • Gabylakes

    This is my first time, I had to do something with lots of tomatoes for the school fete. So besides of delicious it is going to sell for fund raising!!! thanks for sharing

  • Veggie Mama

    ah, that's my favourite outcome!

  • Embo

    Hi – I am planning to make this – it sounds delicious. Please can you tell me approximately how many jars it makes?

    • Veggie Mama

      Hiya! I made about 2.5-3 jars with this recipe. Each jar was 500ml :)

  • Michele Johns

    This is absolutely awesome…thanks so much!

  • Anna

    I am getting ready for Xmas (comes around so quickly!) And your chutney recipe sounds delicious. How long would it keep in sealed sterilised jars? Thanks!!

  • Helen

    Do you have any idea why my tomato chutney goes black at the top then half way down its the color it should be. Would the cloves taint it?

    • Veggie Mama

      Hm, that’s a good question. I don’t think it’s the cloves – it sounds more like an oxidation issue. Is air getting in?

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  • kizgil

    Hi, how long does this last once bottled please?? Can I store unopened in cupboard. & what would use by be once it’s open??

    • Veggie Mama

      Hi! If you haven’t sterilised your jars, it will last a couple of months in the fridge. If you’ve sterilised your jars and processed them correctly (and they are sealed tight) then they should last at least a year unopened in your pantry.

      Once opened, store in the fridge and eat within 3 months.