Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney

A Bengali meal often ends with a chutney, and we always prepare it with seasonal fruits and veggies. My all-time favorite has been this Bengali Tomato Chutney. You get the sweetness of the tomato and mild spiciness from whole fresh green chili. It typically served with rice, however some people like to enjoy it with crispy papadum.

Bengali Tomato Chutney

This is a perfect sweet and spicy tomato chutney for rice and also, a great way to end the meal on a sweet note. The key ingredients are simple and very minimal.

Juicy Red Tomatoes – For the best taste and flavor of tomato chutney, choose seasonal red tomatoes. The tomato chutney recipe always calls for fresh tomatoes, and you cannot substitute it with canned tomatoes.

Black Mustard Seeds – You use a tiny amount of black mustard seeds in the hot oil to temper the oil.

Fennel Seeds and Fennel Powder – You use the whole seeds in the beginning of the cooking while tempering tAnd use the powder at the end for the perfumy aromatic flavor.

Dry Red Chili – The dry red chili is only for flavor. It will not make the chutney spicy.

Sugar or Jaggery – You have to add some sweetener to enhance the sweet factor of the tomato chutney. Sugar is most commonly used, but you could choose jaggery or honey. Do keep in mind that jaggery or honey will modify the overall taste of the chutney.

Fresh Green Chili – The spiciness of the Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney comes from the fresh green chili. I like to just add a couple of fresh green chilies right at the end of the cooking. It doesn’t add a lot of heat, but a mild heat flavor. Sometimes, I do slit the chili in half if I want it spicier.

Bengali Style Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney

Different version of Tomato Chutney

You can prepare Tomato chutney in various different ways.

A friend of mine makes a spicy tomato chutney recipe with garlic and curry leaves. It has a nice heat kick and goes really well with dosa or any variety of savory crêpe

Another variation that I enjoy is the roasted tomato chutney with coconut, which I feel work great even on a cheese platter.

Bengalis love to pair this tomato chutney with spicy mutton curry

One of the most common ways this chutney is served is alongside a spicy mutton curry or spicy chicken curry. The sweetness of the chutney helps to balance the heat of the curry.

While this version of the chutney is my favorite, my husband’s favorite is Tomato Date Chutney. You can find the recipe of the Tomato Date Chutney (Tomato Khejur Chaatni in Bengali) in my cookbookTaste of Eastern India.

This is probably the easiest and fastest chutney preparation. I make it quite often, we all love it and I hope you will try it too.

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Relish

DISCLAIMER:  This is an old post that I have updated with better photos and content.  

Here are few other chutney recipe:

Kacha Aam Er Chutney

Coriander Chutney And Tamarind Chutney

Grape Chutney on Baked Brie

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney

Yield: Serves 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A Bengali meal often ends with a chutney, and we always prepare it with seasonal fruits and veggies. My all-time favorite has been this Bengali Tomato Chutney. You get the sweetness of the tomato and mild spiciness from whole fresh green chili. It typically served with rice, however some people like to enjoy it with crispy papadum.


  • 5 red tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 dry red chili
  • salt as per taste
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, you might need more depending on the sweetness of the tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon fennel powder
  • 2 fresh green chilies


  1. Slice the tomatoes length wise into thin wedges.
  2. Place a heavy bottom at medium heat and pour the oil. Once the oil heats up, scatter the mustard seeds and dry red chili. Let the spice sizzle up for a few seconds and then, drop the tomato slices.
  3. Sprinkle salt and sugar. Give it a stir. Cover the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are softened and almost cooked through.
  4. Pour 1 cup water season with salt and cook for 3 minutes. Drop the green chili and fennel powder, mix it around and taste for salt. Add more, if needed. Also, if you prefer the chutney to be sweeter, add more sugar.
  5. Let it simmer for 3 more minutes.
  6. Sprinkle a bit more fennel powder on top while serving.
  7. Enjoy it warm with rice or papadum


While this version of the chutney is my favorite, my husband’s favorite is Tomato Date Chutney. You can find the recipe of the Tomato Date Chutney (Tomato Khejur Chaatni in Bengali) in my cookbookTaste of Eastern India

Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 345Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 34mgSodium 979mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 5gSugar 22gProtein 15g

All nutrition information presented are intended for informational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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  • Vijitha
    March 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    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!

  • Sara{OneTribeGourmet}
    March 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    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!

  • Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    March 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM

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

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    March 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

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

  • Stunningrecipes
    March 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM

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

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    March 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM

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

  • Rosa
    March 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

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



  • the Sublime Palate
    the Sublime Palate
    March 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    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
    March 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    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
    March 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM

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

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    March 26, 2012 at 12:04 AM

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

  • Maureen
    March 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM

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

  • nisha
    March 26, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    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
    March 26, 2012 at 6:27 AM

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

  • Priya
    March 26, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    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
    March 26, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    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
    Divya @ FF
    March 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    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!

  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    March 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    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

  • Yadsia @ShopCookMake
    Yadsia @ShopCookMake
    March 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

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

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    March 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

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

  • Charles
    March 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    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
    March 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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

  • Sound V
    Sound V
    March 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

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

  • nipponnin
    March 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

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

  • Tina@flourtrader
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    March 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    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
    March 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    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! 😀

  • Yummy Morsel
    Yummy Morsel
    March 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Looks yummy and spicy!

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    March 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    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.

  • mustardseed
    March 26, 2012 at 7:29 PM

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

  • Sobha Shyam
    Sobha Shyam
    March 26, 2012 at 8:12 PM

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

  • Marsha @ The Harried Cook
    Marsha @ The Harried Cook
    March 27, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    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!

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    March 27, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    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
    March 27, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    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
    March 27, 2012 at 7:22 AM

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

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    March 27, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    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! 🙂

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    March 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

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

  • Farwin @ Loveandothe
    Farwin @ Loveandothe
    March 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

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

  • tigerfish
    March 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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

  • Kim Bee
    Kim Bee
    March 27, 2012 at 9:36 PM

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

  • Sawsan
    March 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    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

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    March 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    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
    March 28, 2012 at 1:43 AM

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

  • Emily
    March 28, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    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! 🙂

  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    March 28, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    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
    March 28, 2012 at 6:48 AM

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

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    March 28, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    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
    March 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

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

  • alyce culinary thyme
    alyce culinary thyme
    March 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

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

  • sonia
    March 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    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
    March 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM

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

  • maha
    March 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

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

  • reese@SeasonwithSpic
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    March 28, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    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:)

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    March 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    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!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    March 29, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Oh yes, this sounds wonderful with crackers and cheese!

  • Umm Mymoonah
    Umm Mymoonah
    March 29, 2012 at 3:28 AM

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

  • Radhika @ Just Home Made
    Radhika @ Just Home Made
    March 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

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

    Beautiful shots Kana..

  • anh@anhsfoodblog.com
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    March 29, 2012 at 9:51 PM

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

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    April 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

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

  • Vanessa
    April 5, 2012 at 5:28 PM


  • angiesrecipes
    September 3, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Sweet and spicy are a GREAT combo of flavours. This chutney looks amazing.

  • John @ Kitchen Riffs
    John @ Kitchen Riffs
    September 4, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Chutney is so good! And so versatile — you can make it a bit different every time if you want to change things up. Nice post — thanks.

  • David @ Spiced
    David @ Spiced
    September 5, 2019 at 4:26 AM

    This sounds delicious, Kankana! I do love a good chutney, and the sweet + spicy combination going on here is calling my name. I saw a reader mentioned Suvir below. Is that Suvir Saran? I had the chance to cook with him a number of years back, and he’s truly a wonderful person! He lives on a farm not too far from here. In fact, I credit him with opening my eyes when it comes to Indian flavors. Next up I need to try this chutney of yours!

  • Kelly | Foodtasia
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    September 5, 2019 at 6:14 AM

    Kankana, I’m loving this tomato chutney! So delicious and flavorful! I didn’t realize chutney was used at the end of a meal. I just mix it in with my dinner! Love how easy it is to make – will be making it soon!

  • annie@ciaochowbambina
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    September 5, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Delicious chutney and gorgeous photos! I’d love to saddle up to the table and focus on this delight!

  • Easyfoodsmith
    September 8, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    I make this chutney using the panch phoran and I would love to give yours a try.

  • Anindya Sundar Basu
    Anindya Sundar Basu
    September 11, 2019 at 6:31 AM

    I love tomato chutney but have never seen a tomato chutney with kancha lonka. Do you actually add it or you added only for the picture ? The picture is always a great one.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 11, 2019 at 8:45 AM

      Hey Anindya. I definitely added the kancha lonka right at the end. It’s gives a lovely jhaal mishti flavor. Try kore dekho 🙂

  • priya
    September 12, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    This is one my favorite recipe. I do keep a jar of this tomato chutney in my fridge regularly..

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