This fresh, Easy Tomato Relish is a zesty and delicious condiment! It goes well with sandwiches, burgers, cheese, and more. Make it with a few easy-to-find ingredients.
Add a burst of flavor to your dishes with this tasty tangy homemade tomato relish! It has chunky pieces of tomato and onions plus a vibrant color that makes it appealing. Most recipes include fresh tomatoes, onion, sugar, vinegar, and spices but you can customize it to your taste by adjusting the amount of heat and sweetness.
What I Love About This Recipe
- It is a great way to use up ripe tomatoes and enjoy them all year round.
- You can customize it to your taste.
- It pairs well with various dishes.
- It is easy to make and budget-friendly.
- Tomatoes: Most recipes use vine tomatoes but feel free to use any tomatoes of your choice. The taste may vary slightly depending on the tomatoes.
- Red onion: I used red onions but feel free to use white onions or shallots instead. Dice or slice them, depending on your preference.
- Balsamic vinegar: Adds a sour flavor to the relish. You can also use white vinegar and red wine vinegar instead.
- Brown sugar: For sweetness.
- Mustard powder: This can be swapped with ground pimento seeds too.
- Chilli powder: For heat. Add less or more, depending on your preference.
- Curry powder: For flavor.
- Salt (optional): To taste
- Oil: Use vegetable, sunflower or canola oil.
- Chopping board
- Chef's knife
- Sterilized jar
For a richer onion flavor, caramelized the onions for about an hour before adding the tomatoes. You can also add any seasoning of your choice to the relish depending your preference. Some popular add-inns include, jalapenos, capers and capsicum peppers.
How to Make Tomato Relish
- First, you’ll need to heat a splash of oil in a saucepan. Add chopped onions and cook them for a few minutes until they smell nice and sweet.
2. Next, you’ll need chopped tomatoes in the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. This will help the tomatoes break down and release their juices.
3. Then add the spices and seasonings. You’ll need balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, mustard powder, chili powder, curry powder, and salt. This will give the relish a tangy, sweet, and spicy kick. You can adjust the amounts to your liking. Stir everything well and taste the relish. If you want it more sour, add more vinegar; if you want it more sweet, add more sugar; if you want it more spicy, add more chili or curry powder.
4. Once you’re happy with the flavor, lower the heat and let the relish simmer for about an hour. This will help it thicken. You can stir it occasionally to prevent it from sticking or burning.
You can transfer the relish to some sterilized jars once the relish is done. Be careful not to spill any on the rims or lids of the jars, as this could cause bacteria to grow. You can use a funnel or a ladle to make this easier. Seal the jars tightly and let them cool down before putting them in the fridge.
Tips and Tricks
- Tomatoes: Use ripe tomatoes for the best flavor and texture. You can also use a variety of tomatoes for a more complex flavor.
- Spice: Adding some spice to your relish can give it a little kick. You can use chili flakes, cumin, or coriander.
- Jars: To prevent spoilage and contamination, sterilize the jars thoroughly before filling them with relish.
Tomato chutney and tomato relish are both condiments, but they have different origins and flavors. Tomato chutney is a thick sauce from India with a spicy and sweet taste. While, tomato relish is a crunchy sauce from the west with a sour and tangy taste.
It is a condiment made with chopped tomatoes, onions, vinegar, sugar and spices. It is used to add flavor to sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. There are many variations of tomato relish recipes.
It will keep in the fridge for up to a month, or in the freezer for up to six months.
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Easy Tomato Relish
- chopping board
- Chefs knife
- Sterilized jar
- 1 kg of tomatoes preferably vine
- 2 red or white onions chopped
- ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 cups of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
- 2 teaspoon curry powder
- Salt to taste optional
- A splash of oil
- Heat a splash of oil in a saucepan. Add chopped onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Next, add chopped tomatoes to the saucepan.
- Bring to a boil. Then add balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, mustard powder, chilli powder, curry powder and salt to taste (optional). Stir the relish well and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- Simmer on low heat, uncovered for one hour to thicken.
- Pour hot relish into sterilized jars. Wipe any spillage on the jars then refrigerate.