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Green Tomato Chutney with Cumin & Coriander

Updated on September 19, 2014
Green Tomato Chutney
Green Tomato Chutney

Chutney with Green Tomatoes, Apples, Sultanas and Spices

A delicious green tomato chutney, ideal for using up those end of season tomatoes that don't quite make it to a fully ripened state. Of course there are many other delicious ingredients for this fabulous chutney besides the green tomatoes that might otherwise be simply discarded. That is why this chutney is so delicious, just imagine combining the onions softened in vinegar with some chopped sweet apples and a good portion of sultanas and I bet your mouth is already watering.

My favorite tomatoes to use in this recipe are the very tasty Sioux variety gorgeous big tomatoes with a wonderful taste.

Use cumin & coriander for a mellow flavor that is simply delicious and add a mild chili pepper to spice it up for a chutney with a bit of a bite. I have to admit I personally love the spicy kick you get from adding a chili pepper and when I hunt in the cupboard for the next jar of chutney, I know sub-consciously that I will be seeking out the hotter variety. When you taste it, you will know why.

Incidentally we are still eating our chutney preserve a year later and it is just as good as the first few jars. So now you know you can use this green tomato chutney recipe and be eating your home grown tomatoes for a really long time.

A quick note on the photograph, I did take the photograph but the labels and posh covers over the tops of the jars were provided by my wife. She decided that this chutney was so good, we needed to share it with some friends. Hence the gift wrapped, country farmhouse image.

Cook Time

Prep Time: approximately 1 hour

Cooking Time: approximately 1 hour

Total Time: approximately 2 hours

Makes: around 6 standard size jam jars of chutney


  • Main Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs Green Tomatoes (Finely Chopped)
  • 2 Large Onions (Finely Chopped)
  • 8 oz Apples (Peeled, Cored & Finely Chopped)
  • 8 oz Sultanas
  • 1 small medium hot chili pepper (Optional, remove the stalk end and finely chop the remainder with or without the seeds)
  • Condiments & Spices:
  • 1/2 pint malt vinegar
  • 8 oz sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of ground coriander


  1. Put 4 tablespoons of vinegar in a large saucepan and add the onions, finely chopped. Simmer until the onions are soft.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, peeled and chopped apples, spices, salt pepper, mustard powder, ginger and sultanas (plus the mild heat chili if you want chutney with a bite).
  3. Simmer gently until all the ingredients are quite soft, stirring from time to time.
  4. Add the remaining vinegar and sugar and allow the sugar to dissolve.
  5. Bring to the boil and simmer until the mixture has the consistency of jam.
  6. Taking care, spoon the mixture into warm glass jars, that have been sterilized with boiling water.
  7. Fill the jars to the top ensuring there is no air trapped and then cover with grease proof paper.
  8. Allow the jars to cool and then fit the lids.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Brian, though I'm not a chili fan. Voted up for useful!

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      @BLouw: It really is tasty and a great way to prolong the eating of your own homegrown tomatoes. I love it with fresh French bread and a few different French cheeses, my favourite way to lunch :-) Thanks for the comment.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      This green tomato chutney recipe looks wonderful. I remember loving the green tomato and apple chutney my grandmother used to make and now that I have my own vegetable garden, I appreciate green tomato recipes all the more.