Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Chutney

fresh tomatoes
fresh summery tomatoes in early american pattern glass

I was enamoured of Indira’s cumin and chiles post of a few days back — wanted to taste this but did not have the green brinjals to make her curry. What I did have was a huge windfall of tomatoes from the ‘breakdown lane’ in the grocery store. All these lovely tomatoes for 49 cents, and not a thing wrong with one of them!
I can only hope I’ll have a few from my own plants soon…

I had been thinking about tomato chutney so all the tomatoes were perfect excuse to make some. Then I saw RP’s recent post for JFI — with the lovely photo of roasted eggplant. The holiday was also a perfect excuse — to light the grill.
I thought of roasting the tomatoes. Since the roasting gave them a smoky flavor,
I used smoky black cardamom in the chutney masala.
It turned out great!

Roasted Tomato Chutney

5-6 big ripe tomatoes

1 tsp canola oil
6 big cloves garlic, roughly chopped

For masala:

2-3 dried red chiles
1 tsp cumin seeds
12 peppercorns
3-4 black cardamom
4-5 cloves
1 small stick cinnamon

1 lump jaggery
1 tsp salt or to taste


On the charcoal grill, roast the tomatoes on all sides, about 10-15 minutes total, until skins are blackened. When cooled, peel the skins off and set aside. Reserve any juice that accumulates on the plate.

roasted tomatoes
fire-roasted tomatoes

Meanwhile, dry roast the masala ingredients. When cool, grind to a powder and keep aside.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute a few minutes, being careful not to burn.

Take the roasted tomatoes and squeeze them by hand into the pan. They should break up easily and the harder stem end will be left to discard.
Cook the tomatoes down, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add the dry masala, stir well, and lower the heat to medium low. Continue to cook another 30 min, or until most of the liquid has evaporated and the chutney has thickened.

Add jaggery and salt to taste, mix it up well and serve warm or at room temperature.

roasted tomato chutney
spicy-rich roasted tomato chutney — fireworks for the palate!


  1. Coffee said

    OOHHH!!!!! Thats a gorgeous read colour of the chutnye!!!! I am going to try this one! 🙂

    Hi Coffee dear — have not forgotten you btw — if you try I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  2. bhags said

    this one’s very inviting

    Hi bhags — thank you for the nice comment 🙂 I must peek into your blog!

  3. Jyothsna said

    Oh I have to try this!

    You might like a few more red chillies than I used Jyothsna… it came out nicely to my surprise tho! 🙂

  4. indosungod said

    Looks look like a super spread for some Honey Wheat Bread. Have never tried making chutney with roasted tomatoes. Thanks Linda that is indeed a great idea.

    Oh, ISG I bet with honey in place of jaggery too, it would be good. Hope you enjoyed the holiday — now it’s back to work but I noticed today, a few baby tomatoes coming! Am so excited I hardly dare mention it 😉

  5. mallugirl said

    nice deep red color. roasting does bring out the best in a vegetable.

    It does that indeed, S 🙂

  6. Asha said

    I think it’s getting cheaper bcos of the bounty of Tomatoes are growing in hot weather.They love 90+F temp!:))
    Roasted Tomatoes looks delicious,clever idea to combine the recipes to make the perfect dish.Must taste great with Parathas.Enjoy,we had fun yesterday!

    I was so happy how it came out Asha, thanks! Even better after sitting for a day too. I wish I’d get a little more 90F days! Baby tomatoes coming along at last but I am afraid of jinxing them! Glad you had a good holiday 🙂

  7. Mishmash! said

    hmm.,..roasting and that smoky flavour, this sure tastes damn yummy !!! Loved the first pic !


    Thank you Shn — those old glass dishes make for nice photos in the sun 🙂

  8. giniann said

    Roaasted tomatoes on the grill. Yum yum. Did you have good weather to go with the
    great dish?

    Hi Gini, had nice weather indeed and today was just humid/rainy. Hope you had a lovely day as well 🙂

  9. Dilip said

    fantastic chutney…how I wish I could have a large spoonful right now…I bet it must taste great…another great gem ben…thanks for sharing

    Hi Dilip dear, thank you so much for your kind words and will gladly send you 2 spoonfuls so you can share at home 🙂

  10. revathi said

    The color of the chutney is sooooo gorgeous… I can feel the taste !!!

    Revathi thanks 🙂
    I think you too might want more chillies — the color got almost brick red after cooking — natural sugar in tomatoes I guess 🙂

  11. Suganya said

    The first time I tried roasted tomato was from a can. I was not at all impressed. Dint know what all others were raving abt. Then I made my own batch of them and only then I knew how precious they are 🙂

    Hi Suganya — never saw roasted tomatoes in a can — peppers yes. Those are usually in vinegar and I think doesn’t taste the same so I know what you mean 🙂

  12. meeso said

    A fellow Michigander…those tomatoes look too perfect!!!!!

    Hello Meeso — thanks for your kind comment — I’m a Michigander by birth but right now am too far away! 😉

  13. Richa said

    fire roasted tomatoes look awesome, lovely color!

    Thank you Richa — am v. busy looking up Punjab dishes for your RCI 🙂

  14. Roopa said

    wow looks sinfully delicious.

    Thank you Roopa — I have been away a little and trying to catch up so must be visiting you soon! 🙂

  15. sia said

    i am seriously salivating Linda. what u do to me everytime i come to ur blog:) who would have thought of roasting juicy tomatoes and cooking something so delicious 🙂 of course, YOU 😀

    Supriya, you always have the nicest things to say and make me smile! I’m happy you enjoyed 🙂

  16. prema said

    Oh they look lovely… the tomatoes on the glass bowl and the roasted tomatoes.. Sure the chutney would have tasted great

    Thank you so much Prema — I love the tomatoes in that old glass — imagine it was used maybe for veggies over 100 yrs ago 🙂

  17. shyam said

    Fireworks for the plate, perhaps 🙂 but you forgot to mention – a feast for the eyes! It looks GORGEOUS!

    Thanks so much shammi! Am so glad you like 🙂

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