Welcome to the world of chillies. Where would I be without them? Indeed, lost in the culinary wilderness. A Tomato and Chilli Jam (jam in the loosest sense, more like a thick sauce) is another way to enjoy their wonderful heat, but with a touch of sweetness.
The jam is a great addition to any dish – tonight, for example, a pasta sauce of blended rocket, peas, grilled eggplant with a generous dollop of the Tomato Chilli Jam makes a wonderful, very late, Australia Day supper.
A wonderful accompaniment to dishes, served like a chutney. With dosa or other flatbread. With a stirfried vegetable or tofu dish, stirred into a soup that wants a little more spice, smeared over pizza or farinata. Spread very thinly on toast and topped with bocconcini, fresh greens and herbs. Over plain rice. In a salad dressing. Drizzled over steamed or baked vegetables.
The possibilities are endless.
Although the recipe specifies fresh red chillies, for a layering of flavours I use 1 dried chilli, 1 red chilli and one green. I find using 3 chillies gives a wonderfully spicy sauce, but if you would like a milder sauce, use 2 chillies.
Are you looking for other Dips and Spreads? Try a Sweet Chilli Jam, Preserved Sweet Chillies, Green Chilli and Coriander Paste, White Bean, Sage and Roasted Garlic Spread, and Salty, Garlicky Labneh. Ousbacks Roasted Red Pepper and Apple Relish is great too.
You might also like to browse our collection of recipes featuring chillies, and our tomato recipes. We have several tomato pastes and purees for you to try. Or see the things that we make from tomatoes and freeze for winter. Lastly, browse our Early Autumn collection of recipes.
Tomato and Chilli Jam
Source : inspired by an old recipe
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Keeps: 2-4 weeks in the fridge, depending how you use it. Unopened jars will keep longer. It can be frozen.
1 kg ripe tomatoes
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 fresh red chillies, finely chopped, or 1 dried and two fresh chillies or to suit your taste
3 – 4 cloves, or medium pinch powdered cloves
1/3 cup (60g – 65g) firmly packed brown sugar or granular jaggery
0.25 cup white-wine vinegar
1 tspn sea salt
black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large pan, including the salt and pepper. Stir over low heat without boiling until the sugar dissolves. Then bring to the boil and simmer uncovered over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
If you prefer a smoother sauce, you can blend the mixture using a blender, food processor or immersion blender.
Spoon into sterilised jars. Seal while the mixture is still hot, and store in a cool dark place or the refrigerator. After opening, keep in the fridge.
This dish has become a firm favourite in Autumn. A couple of kg of tomatoes take just 45 minutes to turn into Tomato and Chilli Jam, and much of that goes into the freezer. Some is gifted to friends, and some – well, it gets eaten by the spoonful. It also makes a wonderful chutney, tomato chilli sauce, and a spread on toast, topping (for example) some roasted eggplant.