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Tomato Chutney / Tomato Relish

Jyoti Behrani
Tomato chutney is a sweet and tangy, flavorful relish or jam made with ripe tomatoes, sugar, and some aromatic Indian spices.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Indian
Servings 24 oz






  • In the inner pot of Instant Pot add tomatoes, salt, and water.
  • Turn on Instant Pot on MANUAL / PRESSURE COOK (high), for 5 minutes. Close the lid, and vent sealed. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid. Turn on SAUTE (more), and add sugar, and whole spices. Mix well.
  • Continue to cook stirring occasionally, to prevent any sugar from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cook until you start seeing a nice glaze form on top of the chutney and almost all the moisture has evaporated.
    Note: This is when the sugar gets cooked. This is an important step, for it helps preserve the chutney longer. The consistency of the chutney is somewhat similar to relish or a Jam, slightly thick. It took me around 50 minutes.
  • At this point, adjust the sweetness or tanginess as per taste. Add more sugar for sweetness or some vinegar for tanginess.
    Note: If adding more sugar, make sure to cook the chutney a little longer, until sugar is completely dissolved and you see a nice glaze form on the top of the chutney. This will take around 10-15 minutes, depending upon the quantity of sugar added.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot. Let the chutney cool down completely, add some chopped nuts (optional) and store the chutney in an air-tight glass jar in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
    Note: Nuts are optional. Nuts add nice flavor and texture to the chutney.
  • Before serving the Tomato Chutney, remove whole spices - bay leaf, black cardamon, and green cardamon.
  • This recipe makes around 24 ounces of Tomato Chutney. Chutney stays fresh for up to six months in the refrigerator.


  • In a heavy bottom pot or a dutch oven, add tomatoes, water, and sugar. Cook the tomatoes, until thick, jam-like consistency, stirring often to avoid any sugar sticking to the bottom of the pot. Follow the recipe as discussed earlier for Instant pot.
  • Adjust the heat, to prevent any spilling or sticking of chutney to the bottom of the pot.


  1. Tips For Best Tomato Chutney - please refer to the post earlier.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions - please refer to the post earlier.
  3. The consistency of the tomato chutney is similar to a jam, thick consistency.
  4. You can adjust the sweetness or tanginess as per taste. Add more sugar for sweetness or add some vinegar for tangy flavor.
  5. Vinegar also helps to preserve the chutney.
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