Tomato Relish

Spicy Tomato Relish


This Tomato Relish is spicy, tangy and so full of flavor that explodes in your mouth. I love this relish. I recently made this for a gift basket order and it was a big hit.

Spicy Tomato Relish

Don’t you just love tradition! This is my grandmother’s recipe (Thakali Thoku in Tamil).  A favorite of mine and so she made it often. I remember her sitting on this high stool at the stove, stirring this big pot of tomato mixture, the wafting smells filling the entire house. I would run into the kitchen several times to sneak a taste. And now, I make it for my kids. 

This is a great way to make tomatoes the star. And it goes with everything! Corn muffins, bread (all kinds including naan, roti, sourdough), on top of fish and chicken, with crepes. Everything! 

On lazy days, I toss it with pasta and parmesan and it tastes so good!

Spring’s in the air and the market is going to be overflowing with sweet and tart tomatoes soon. Try this with my delectable Buttermilk Corn Muffins or my Spinach and Tur Dal Parathas.

Tomato Relish
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Tomato Relish
Spicy Tomato Relish
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This Tomato Relish is spicy and tangy. Think exploding flavors and you going Mmmmmmm. A perfect condiment to go on top of everything - from sandwiches to chicken.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian, Italian
Keyword: #relish, #tomato, sauce
Servings: 16 ounces
Calories: 40 kcal
  • 600 grams Tomatoes approx 6 medium size Tomatoes.
  • 10 grams Indian Chili Powder approx 1 Tablespoon + a little more
  • 4 grams Sugar approx 1 teaspoon
  • 4 grams Salt approx 1 teaspoon
  • 56 grams Sesame Seed Oil approx 4 Tablespoon
  1. Dice the tomatoes finely with skin on. Use all parts including the juice and seeds.

  2. In a Dutch Oven, add the tomatoes and all the spices and sesame seed oil.

  3. Cook on medium heat for 30 minutes or more, till the mixture, thickens and the liquid in the tomatoes is almost gone. Stir often. You will see the oil separating from the mixture at the sides.

  4. You should be able to scoop it up with a spoon and should be in a thick jam-like consistency.

  5. Cool completely. The relish can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer.

Recipe Notes
  • I like Vine or Beefsteak Tomatoes
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Tomato Relish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Potassium 101mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 6.2%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 1.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

One Comment

  1. One of the lucky ones to have enjoyed this totally delish relish.


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