Tomato and Chilli Jam

Drying Chillies

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.

Tomato and Chilli Jam Recipe

Tomato and Chilli Jam

Source : inspired by an old recipe
Cuisine: Italian?
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.

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.


Tomato and Chilli Jam

The Tomato Series

About Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.
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27 Responses to Tomato and Chilli Jam

  1. Lucy says:

    Beautiful first photo – and, of course, a delectable recipe.

    Are you enjoying the Kite Runner?


  2. Lucy says:

    Ganga, I sobbed for the last chapter…an ugly, crying mess, was I, but it was such a good read. That chilli pic is really stunning – lit from behind like a string of lanterns. X


    • Ganga108 says:

      Thanks again, Lucy – a spontaneous shot as the chillies were drying. Yes, there sure are weepy bits in the book, and I felt every moment of that hair raising visit to Pakistan and return. A great book. Also loved “The Book Thief” if you havent read it. Wonderful.


  3. Debjani says:

    Such an amazing photo, and a great recipe!


  4. indosungod says:

    Ganga this is wonderful recipe. We can’t call this ketchup? The chili picture is just gorgeous .


  5. Soma says:

    O I love this! I make it a little differently.. and have it even with parathas:-)


  6. Spice Rack says:

    A spicy and healthy jam. A jam for real men. The steps are easy and the ingredients are easy to find, some of them are already found in your spice rack.


  7. Adolfo Teri says:

    Wonderful, thank you.


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  9. Perfect for cold weather.


  10. Jen says:

    Awesome recipe!
    I recently found a great artcle on growing your own tomatoes in WA so now I know what to do with them!



  11. BenJen says:

    Awesome recipe. I really enjoyed it. I recently have started growing my own chillies and now I know how I am going to use them.


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