Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney

Cooked with juicy red tomatoes, flavored with spice mix and red chilies – this chutney has always been my favorite. Chutney, as we all know, is a condiment that is made with vegetables or fruits, flavored with spices and can be sweet, savory or sour.

Originated in India, the varieties and variations of chutney are endless!


Tomato chutney (or chaatni) can be prepared in many different ways. My friend from Bangalore makes savory tomato chutney with garlic and curry leaves. It is smooth in texture, has a spicy flavor and usually served with Dosa. Another variation that I enjoy is the roasted tomato chutney with tamarind. It is like a tangy dip.

But my favorite still remains the same – sweet tomato chutney with a subtle spicy flavor in between.

In Bengali cuisine, a special meal always ends on a sweet note and chutney plays an important role. It is either made with fruits or vegetables, mostly whatever is in season. Sometimes it is served in a tiny bowl as a dessert and sometimes, as a side dish to pair with some spicy curry.

For this recipe, tomatoes are roughly chopped, slow cooked until they soften and all the juices are released. Then, they are tampered with spices and sweetened with sugar. Raisins, dates, jaggery or dried fruits can also be added. Herbs are not typically used in the sweet tomato chutney but I am sure that some freshly chopped cilantro leaves will add a beautiful refreshing flavor.

Back at home, chutney is served with chicken or mutton curry on the side with steamed white rice. And that is exactly what I prefer. However, it didn’t stop me from trying the chutney with bread, crackers or cheese!

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney

Serving Size: 2

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney


  • 3 medium sized juicy red tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 dry red chilies
  • 1 green chili, slit in half
  • 1 tablespoon Panch Phoron (if you do not have panch phoron, you can use some mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, pan roasted and roughly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • salt for taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • In a wok or a deep pan, heat the oil. Add panch phoron, dry red chilies and cook for about a minute or until they start releasing the flavor.
  • Bring down the heat and add chopped tomatoes. Season it with salt and give a stir. Let it cook for couple of minutes.
  • Put sugar and mix it properly.  At this point, it will start to splatter. So, cover the pan and continue cooking until it's cooked through. It may take 10 to 15 minutes depending on the firmness or juiciness of tomatoes.
  • Add the pan roasted, roughly crushed fennel seeds and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • At the end, put the slit green chili and switch off the heat.
  • Ready to serve!

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Vijitha says:

Spicy goodness! I made a similar chutney with South Indian spices and cooked it with Salmon just like what I found in Suvir’s cookbook. You must try that combo Kankana, pretty yum!

Sweet & Spicy tomato chutney is my favorite and yours looks lip smacking good! I have bookmarked this recipe & I think it will be an excellent condiment for my grilled salmon!

Tomato chutney is so versatile! Love it with almost anything 🙂 Different way of using spices here 🙂

I love “chaatni”, yours looks so tangy and rich!

Love the recipe but most of all, I honestly love your pictures. Great work!!!

Beautiful and delicious tomato chutney, Kankana! I need to make it little less spicy version but I’d love to make this!

Rosa says:

That chutney is fabulous and I love the new look of your blog!



Hi Kankana, Super pics, as usual:) My hubby is Bengali. He loves this Bengali Sweet & Spicy tomato chutney. I don’t have a sweet tooth as such and the only reason for making this is for him. Your post was a reminder that I haven’t made it in a long time! Will try this out tonight. I usually make a version of tomato chutney which is extraaa-hot. It’s lying in the draft..hmm.. hope to get it out soon!

Spandana says:

Chutney looks very good with a nice color.. I never had sweet and spicy, I always make a savory one. I have to try this.

Nandita says:

The chutney looks so yummy and mouth watering. Fabulous presentation as usual 🙂

Love each and every photo in this post! Such vibrant red color… I am sure that chutney tastes yummy.

Maureen says:

This is beautiful chutney. Might be a bit spicy for me but I’m going to try it. Thanks!

nisha says:

oooh that is certainly an interesting twist. i dont usually like sweet chutneys, but i think with tomatoes it would go absolutely well.
I wrote that article for a local food mag, will try and scan it in when the issue is out 🙂

Tes says:

I love the new look of your blog 🙂 It’s so cute 🙂

Priya says:

Very nice! I like the new look of ur blog, neat and pretty!
I see all ur recipes on the from the kitchen page but miss the tabs u had with various sections.

Ambika says:

This is one of my favorites too! I usually make the spicy version with garlic, but my friend made this for me once and I was hooked!! Lovely photos, the tomatoes look so juicy and perfectly ripe..

Divya @ FF says:

I love chaatnis, especially because of the contrast of sweet and spicy flavours. I love making tomato and mango chutneys at home, but never made the Bengali style chutney. Would be neat to try it out!

this sweet & spicy chutney is an all time fav in my house, i usually serve it with chapati & no matter how much i make its never enough! 🙂 lovely clicks

Beautiful photos! It had been a while since I came around here 😉

This looks like the perfect tomato chutney for me and the hubs! The amount of chilies is just right for us!

Charles says:

I just lurve tomato chutney… only problem is when I make it I get so little for the huge amount of ingredients I use. Massive sacks of tomato and in the end I get maybe 3 or 4 jars, lol 😀

Looks great Kankana!

Shumaila says:

Love all the photographs, kankana. And love the new layout of Sunshine & Smile:)

Sound V says:

Perfect combo with bread..awesome clicks and nice presentation..

nipponnin says:

How spicy is this? Gorgeous color! I will have some it on the toasted garlic bread. Yummy.

A sweet heat in a chutney with fresh ingredients is just the perfect condiment to have around. It goes so well with a variety of things. Your photos are stunning and your blog has such a clean look. Nice on the eyes. I enjoyed stopping by!

Manasi says:

Oh my! how mouthwatering is that chutney! This will go well with so many things!
I love how the tempering has that extra fennel, full flavor blast!
I had made a similar chutney long ago and blogged about it, my friend ( from Orissa) taught me the same. The variation was that at the end she adds a jeera-lanka powder ( jeera & red chilli powdered) for that extra kick.

The stunning pics on ur blog have reminded me of it, must make soon! SLURP! 😀

Looks yummy and spicy!

Your chutney looks amazing. I absolutely love tomatoes so I am sure I’d love this.

By the way, I love the new design of your blog, it’s beautiful, and your photos are stunning.

I loved your photographs! The chutney looks amazing. I can practically eat tomato chutney with everything!

hi kankana…hopping here after a long time…fabulous chutney and awesome clicks..:)

Wow Kankana… your photographs are getting more and more gorgeous every day! I love it… Thanks for sharing this recipe! I love tomato chutney and make it quite often, but I would love to try a new recipe for it – just for a change! Beautiful post!

This would serve only 1 person in my house. This pairs so exceptionally well with indian food. Its quite a treat if made right. Yours of course looks exceptional.

Asmita says:

Hi Kankana,
I agree with Anuradha, this would get wiped out in my house too. Looks so colorful and love the flavors.I like the paanch pooran spice mix. I usually make a potato bhaji using those spices. This looks so yum and perfect with our Indian food.

Deepa says:

Mouth watering chutney !! SOmetimes I do add aamshotto. The shots are amazing…

Kankana, there is almost no food that I wouldn’t enjoy just a little more with a condiment and this hits all the right notes with me. Love this! 🙂

What a gorgeous chutney! I tend to make fruit chutneys and need to try this one, looks so delightful 🙂

Farwin @ Loveandothe says:

I too like my chutneys sweet with a mild heat . And love it with rice and curry ! Lovely photos,Kankana !

tigerfish says:

Just a perfect complement to meat curries I must say. 🙂

Kim Bee says:

This is lovely. My hubs would go crazy for this one. I love your photos.

Sawsan says:

I love the color, it reminds me of summer. I can’t stand this much heat but I would love to try a milder version

Beautiful Kankana!!!!
This chutney is gorgeous, God I love the 1st pic of tomato!!!!
Lovely….. I am drooling over the recipe and the pics…

Najla says:

Going to try this out Kanakana.. Lovely snaps!!!

Emily says:

I love the simplicity of chutney making and it gives sandwiches the “gourmet” touch. I love the colors and I can imagine the chillies in the chutney will give a wonderful kick in the tastebuds! 🙂

I love spicy, tangy tomato chutney. Never tried the sweet version though, sounds mouthwatering! As for the pics, gorgeous! First shot of tomato is my fave 🙂

katie says:

AHHH love, love, love! Must make this asap! Found this via pinterest and so glad I stopped by to take a look!

I will never go hungry again after seeing this post! not that i go hungry but seriously one would just have to have this in the house and be set for the rest of their life! i love this chutney! Love it

Kala says:

I have never tried chutney before. Your photos make it look so inviting, I want to taste it now!

Love, love, love tomato chutney. Pretty pics too.

sonia says:

Hi There, Congratulations for TOP 9 !!!!!!
The chatni is looking so delightful. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. I simply love home made tomato chutney, perfect with any breads. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

Ally says:

This chutney looks incredible good! I adore your photography. You are so talented!

maha says:

luks yumm yumm…nice one..vl try this..my fav too……..nice blog vth awesome recipes..

I’m a huge fan of chutneys. Your tomato chutney looks so lovely. Would definitely want to give it a try. I can just imagine the flavors! Great shots too especially the first one:)

Since I have papadams, i think it would goes really well with your tomato chutney, i will definitely give your recipe a try for sure!

Oh yes, this sounds wonderful with crackers and cheese!

I love this version of chutney and the pictures are so so beautiful.

Aah! Tomato chutney and Paanch phoron.. love both..
As intuitive as it is, haven’t tried it.. Must, now..

Beautiful shots Kana..

I made some tomato jam recently too! They are sooo good!

Yum tomato chutney! I could easily eat it with tons of crackers 🙂