Homemade Tomato Relish

Homemade Tomato Relish

Tomato relish has never tasted so delicious. Strengthen or weaken to your preferred taste. Our big batch below will make approximately - 5 medium jars.


  • Chopping Board and knife
  • Large pot
  • Bowl
  • Tray (preferably deep dish)
  • Tea towel
  • Teaspoon 
  • Tablespoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • 5 medium Sterilised Jars


  • 2kgs ripe tomatoes
  • 3 medium onions
  • 4 tbs salt 
  • 2.5 cups castor sugar
  • 2.5 cups white vinegar
  • 5 tsp curry powder
    (enter code 'tomatorelish' at check out and receive 10% off our Organic Curry Powder)
  • 2 tsp mustard powder/paste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar (to mix powders into a paste)


  1. PEEL TOMATOES - Slice a cross on the bottom of each tomato. Boil water in a large pot and add tomatoes for 2 mins. Put cold water into a bowl and transfer tomatoes from the boiling water to the cold water. Easily peel the skins off the tomatoes. Discard the skins into your compost bin.
  2. Dice the onion and tomatoes and spread out over a tray (preferably deep dish). Sprinkle over salt and cover with a tea towel and let rest for at least 12 hours. 
  3. Drain liquid from onion and tomato mixture. Add onions and tomatoes to a pot and add vinegar and sugar. Heat mixture and stir to dissolve sugar.
  4. Bring to a boil & simmer for 10 minutes. Skim any foam off the mixture.
  5. Mix curry & mustard powder with flour and cayenne pepper. Add vinegar and stir into a paste.
  6. Add paste to the simmering onion & tomato mixture.
  7. Simmer the mixture for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. The mixture will begin to thicken. Depending on your cookware and heat source, and preference of thickness this could take up to an hour.
  8. When the desired consistency is achieved, turn off the heat and let cool slightly.
  9. Pour into sterilised jars and cool before tightening the lid.

How to use your homemade tomato relish:

  • Spread onto sandwiches or rolls
  • A dollop on the side of eggs
  • Pizza sauce substitute
  • Used with antipasto as a bread dip
  • Spread on bruschetta for a flavour twist

Customise your tomato relish:

  • If you prefer your relish sweeter, add 1/2 cup more sugar
  • If you prefer your relish tangier, add 1/2 cup more vinegar
  • Add some herbs & spices for a twist - rosemary / basil / turmeric and black pepper.

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