Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Green, Orange and Red Tomato Chutney and a feature in Celebrations!

Just as the North East of America was contemplating it's first brush with the iron fist of winter, my husband rushed out to his vegetable patch and hauled in about 15lbs of green, orange and red tomatoes.  While the snow, sleet and howling winds whistled around the house, the lights flickering ominously and the all too regular loud crack and thud of yet another tree branch crashing to the ground, I thought it might be the perfect time to make my first ever batch of chutney.

I wasn't entirely sure what the procedure was but it all worked out fine.  The recipe is not exactly precise - I was a little jumpy at the time and forget to write everything down.  I'm not sure it actually matters if you put in 10 or 14 tomatoes to be honest, it all seemed to cook nicely together in the end.  

I think I used about 20 tomatoes (green, orange and red) all different shapes and sizes - so don't worry too much about a number. Finely chopped.
1 onion (very finely chopped)
2 apples (skin on - cored and finely chopped)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 inch of ginger root, grated
4 small peppers from the garden (they were VERY mild) finely chopped
1/4 cup of brown sugar
200 ml of white vinegar
black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1 teaspoon fennel seeds

Chop the tomatoes and place them in a large stockpot with the vinegar.

Cook on low while you're chopping all the other ingredients - this takes a while.

Place the spices and the black pepper in a dry pan and toast them for a few minutes.

Add them to the tomatoes.

Add the sugar and stir well.

Add all the other ingredients.  Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. 

Cook for  approximately 40 minutes - or until no longer watery.

Tranfer to your sterilized jars - or a glass container and keep in the fridge.

This is wonderful will all manner of things - but especially a roast loin of pork.

I was very happy to be featured in Celebrations.com the other day for a pasta dish I posted not long ago.


  1. Nice colors.. We make different variety of chutney's too, but I guess this version will last for some time.

  2. Congratulations for the feature and what a WONDERFUL post too ~ I adore chutney and all three colours of tomatoes is really wonderful.....such an Autumnal post!
    (Hate to bug you,but still no address for your book - try this email: karen(at)karenbooth(dot)co(dot)uk

  3. your chutney looks marvelous, never made one....but it was nice to read how it's done.

  4. wow! These chutney look beautiful!

  5. This sounds super. And great that you can grab them from your backyard. Its very difficult to find green (unripe) tomatoes here, I haven't seen it yet

  6. This chutney sounds delicious and that was a final good harvest of tomatoes for the year! It sounds like they were put to great use. :) Congratulations on the feature!

  7. Fabulous colors and the flavors I am imagining are just out of this world, I'm sure of it! Beautiful! ~Megan

  8. That's fab, congratulations on being featured :-).
    Your post's always make me want to try out your recipes, the chutney looks and sound's gorgeous.

  9. Nicely done, Mary! I love the idea of your more colorful chutney! My green tomato chutney kinda ended up looking like mincemeat! Tasty, though!

  10. Oh that chutney looks AMAZING! Colorful and vibrant and simply delicious. Perfect to go on just about anything in this house! Shrimp, chicken and definitely pork!

  11. Oh Yeah! congratulations on your feature....I am pinning this recipe today, on my recipe board...Looks great!

  12. This HAS to be delicious with those ingredients - I love to pair chutneys like this with cream cheese and crostini for a yummy appetizer! So glad you saved your wonderful tomatoes from the snow storm!

  13. Congrats on the Celebrations feature! I love tomato chutney. This looks delicious!

  14. This recipe sounds very good and i think it is delicious and it fits perfect with my taste. My opinion is that this isn`t a very hard recipe so i will try it very soon, thanks a lot for sharing.

  15. Congratulations on your feature,dear1You certainly deserve it!Your chutney looks fantastic!xxx

  16. I have never made chutney before! I really need to to get on that : ) Thanks for stopping by my blog to check out the larabar recipe!

  17. congrats on your feature :) well deserved recognition!
    Also Love your chutneys - the fresh, lush green tomatoes are a sight for sore eyes :)
    Check your email -I've sent you a mail :)

  18. Mary these look delicious absolutely nice and love your jars!! your chutney look amazing!! gloria

  19. Mary this looks and sounds so delicious, and the color is amazing!

  20. Congratulations on your feature! And what a great project for a snowy day...your chutney looks marvelous~

  21. Congrats on your special feature! The chutney looks great.

  22. Brilliant colors on your chutney... Love them!! Congratulations on your milestone

  23. Lovely chutney with lovely colours and lovely flavours :)


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