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Easy Green Tomato Chutney (Preserve Garden Harvest)

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Tangy, Sweet, and Spicy is how I like to describe my Easy green tomato chutney. Made using my fresh garden harvest, this is one the best recipe with green tomatoes.

Chutney filled in 3 small bottles along with some fresh green tomatoes seen

This green tomato chutney is bursting with flavours. It is made slightly Indian style with the addition of fresh green chilly and Garam Masala but at the same time, it also has roasted paprika powder, and Vinegar is added as a preservative. 

I love gardening. Whatever space I have I grow be it in small pots or large containers. This year I grew Spinach, carrot, tomatoes and strawberry. Herbs are common and I grow mint and coriander. I even tried Rosemary and Basil this year from seeds.

Fresh Green Tomatoes Harvest

I love to use my fresh produce in different recipes. Like this Spiced Spinach Sourdough Bread which uses fresh Spinach or this Methi Matar Paneer which uses fresh methi from my garden. Once you are hooked to growing your own veggies, its a lot of fun.

Yes, there is a lot of hard work too and pure love that goes into growing your own food. But many times due to the weather, you need to harvest a lot of your stuff as is, even though it has not ripe. And when you grow your own vegetables and fruits you know what I am talking.

Last year I had a pretty good harvest with my tomatoes. But I started late and hence could not get the tomatoes red or ripe before the harsh weather. Secondly, Ireland has a very short summer, we have less sun here, so it is difficult to grow veggies or fruits and get them ripe in time. 

Easy green tomato chutney is a delicious and lip-smacking chutney made using fresh green tomatoes bursting with Sweet, and Spicy flavors. The chutney is smeared on a cracker and seen in the background is 3 small bottles filled and one big, with some fresh green tomatoes.

As I said I had an abundance of delicious green tomatoes last year. The cold weather or the frost had set in and I had to harvest all my tomatoes. Be it green, red, half-ripe, or whatever state it was in. Yes better than getting them in the garbage pile, because once they start rotting, there is no turning back. 

Recipes with Red Tomatoes

I did make tomato puree, tomato sauce with the ripe ones. Even one of two rounds of Tomato soup were done. So I made a puree of the remaining ripe tomato and froze it for later use.

Last year I even made this Open-Faced Grilled Cheese Sandwich from my fresh harvest of cherry tomatoes.

Recipes with Green Tomatoes

Recipes with green tomatoes are difficult at times. But we make this lip-smacking Green tomato sabji (Vegetable). I made a batch of the sabji, ate some, and froze the remaining for later use. I gave a few green tomatoes to friends but still could not finish it. Yes, I had loads and loads.

One can make green tomato salsa too and I am going to try it next time. I am sure it will go pretty well with some nachos and chips. Or you can even try a green tomato pickle. Yes, the possibilities are endless, but currently, I am hooked to my Green Tomato Chutney :-).

I even tried to ripen the tomatoes in brown bags and all the different steps and procedures I could find on the net. But only a few did and then they started rotting. I could not go my hard work down the drain. And wasting so much fresh organic produce was a complete no.

So what, I knew one can make some green tomato chutney from it. So I googled a couple of recipes and decided to put my green tomatoes to good use. I did not follow a particular recipe but made a fusion kind of recipe. I did add a slight Indian touch to this green tomato chutney by adding a few spices.

Recipe process of Easy Green Tomato Chutney

This green tomato chutney can be made from completely unripe or a combination of both ripe and unripe tomatoes. Any variant of tomatoes can be used. I even added the smaller ones which were yet to grow big. So you can just add in all the un ripes you have. Many recipes call for the addition of onion to the chutney. I have not added any. But you can add if you like it. 

I have spiced this chutney with garlic, ginger, and my Indian Garam masala. The garam masala gives a nice kick to the chutney. I have added Roasted paprika powder too for a tiny bit of flavour and some nice colour. 

Last year I used Dermera sugar to sweeten this and this year I have added Jaggery. Feel free to use the sweetener of your choice. Though I am specifying the ratio of ingredients used, the chutney would need to be adjusted to your taste. As the sourness or the taste of green tomatoes will differ. 

Chutney filled in 3 small bottles along with some fresh green tomatoes seen

This chutney develops the taste and flavour after a few days. So do keep it sealed in an airtight container in a cold place away from the Sunlight. Though it would be delicious and you can start enjoying it immediately. I did as I could not control :D. 

This chutney can stay good for a year if stored in a clean and sterile airtight glass jar. Once you open a jar, keep it refrigerated. It stays good for a couple of months in the fridge too. Of course you need to follow some good practices and maintain hygiene while using the chutney or any preserve you make

Serving Suggestions of Green Tomato Chutney

I love this green tomato chutney simply as a spread on my bread or crackers. It also goes well with Paratha, Idli, Dosa, Chila, Dhokla, or almost everything. At times I like to enjoy this even in my dal rice. When I make the dal plain without any spices, I love to add a dollop of this chutney to the mix to give in a nice oomph. I even enjoy this with my homemade Wholemeal Breadsticks (Recipe coming next week). Do I say that I just need an excuse to enjoy it?

Chutney smeared on a piece of cracker

So here goes the recipe for Green Tomato Chutney

Easy green tomato chutney is a delicious and lip-smacking chutney made using fresh green tomatoes bursting with Sweet, and Spicy flavors.

Easy Green Tomato Chutney

Easy Green Tomato Chutney is a delicious and lip-smacking chutney made using fresh green tomatoes bursting with Sweet, and Spicy flavors.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Condiments, Garden Harvest Recipes, Vegetables
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2 Kg
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 2 Kg – approximately 13 Cups Green Tomatoes (One can use ripe as well as unripe ones)
  • 20-24 – 35 grams Green chilies
  • 3-4 – 10 grams Garlic Cloves chopped roughly into bite-size pieces
  • 2- inch – 25 grams ginger chopped roughly into bite-size pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoon – 30 grams – Salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon – 20 gram – Roasted Cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoon – 20 gram – Garam Masala Powder (I used a bit more, you can reduce it) ** Refer notes for Gluten Intolerance
  • 1 tablespoon – 20 gram – Roasted Paprika Powder (Can be substituted with Red chilly powder)
  • ½ Cup – 120 ml Vinegar – I used apple cider
  • 500 grams Jaggery (One can use granulated sugar too)


  • Roughly chop the tomatoes into quarters.
  • Chop the green chilies, garlic, and ginger into small bite-size pieces
  • In a clean heavy bottom, pot add all the ingredients except Jaggery (Sugar) including the salt, cumin powder garam masala, roasted paprika powder, and Vinegar.
  • Mix all the ingredients
  • On a medium stove bring the ingredients to a boil stirring in between.
  • Cover and cook this on slow to medium until the tomatoes are soft.
  • Keep stirring in between and keep mashing as the tomatoes turn soft using a masher or the back of your spoon.
  • Slowly you will see that all the ingredients come together and you should be able to get coarse to a fine consistency.
  • Add Jaggery or Sugar, mix it and let this simmer further for 5 minutes.
  • You can taste and adjust the seasoning at this point.
  • Once done, switch off and let it cool completely.
  • Fill it in clean and sterilized jars.


  • 1 Cup = 240 ml, 1 tbsp = 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
  • I used Apple Cider Vinegar which is a bit sharp and pungent to taste. One can however use Wine Vinegar or malt vinegar.
  • You can reduce the recipe to half as per your requirement.
  • All the quantities can be adjusted as per taste
  • The chutney develops taste after a few days. Use sterilized and dry jars to fill the chutney.
  • The chutney can be kept at room temperature if closed and sealed properly. Once open refrigerate and use.
  • On refrigeration too it stays good for 5-6 months or more.
  • I have not added apples or onions generally added to this chutney. You can add if you wish to.
  • Do check the ingredients of Garam Masala if you are buying from the shop and are gluten-intolerant. Some ingredients may have gluten.
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Easy green tomato chutney is a delicious and lip-smacking chutney made using fresh green tomatoes bursting with Sweet, and Spicy flavors. The chutney is smeared on a cracker and seen in the background is 3 small bottles filled and one big, with some fresh green tomatoes.

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Clodagh Clay

Tuesday 13th of February 2024

Do really need 20 to 40 green chillies ???

Renu Agrawal Dongre

Tuesday 13th of February 2024

Hi, I have mentioned 20-24 chilies, 35 grams, but yes depending on the size the quantity can vary. This has a spicy kick, but at the same time has that sweetness from the sweetener. You can reduce it if you are not used to it, or even skip it. Thanks, Renu


Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Just fill in sterized hot water bath for 10 mins?? ( Green Tom Chutney)

Renu Agrawal Dongre

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I did not do that. My jars are cleaned thoroughly with hot water and dried completely. I had made a batch last year and it is still good. You can do a hot water bath if you want. Thank You.


Wednesday 8th of September 2021

This was so delicious. I had lots of green tomatoes to use up so I took a chance on this recipe and made a large batch and it is so good. Even my partner who isn't a fan of chutney said it's the best he's had, thank you for the recipe! I'm just sad I have to wait until next year now to get some more green tomatoes.

Renu Agrawal Dongre

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Ah thank you so so much for the feedback , much appreciated. If you can please rate the recipe too, it helps my blog as well as viewers.

Priya vj

Friday 20th of November 2020

Your recipe reminded me off my mom. She used to love green tomatoes and this chutney was her favorite. We would like to have with bread and butter and also with rotis.


Friday 20th of November 2020

This chutney is different from my method of making green tomato chutney. I definitely want to try making your method. Sounds absolutely yum.