Lianne's Tomato Kasundi

This flavoursome kasundi shared by Tui Team member Lianne is the perfect way to use up surplus summer tomatoes. Use it as a dip, with Asian and middle eastern dishes or with cold meats, it is simply delicious! Adjust the chilli to suit - it has a bite but not too hot.


  • 2kg of tomatoes (chopped)
  • 125g root ginger
  • 120g garlic
  • 120g fresh red chillies (to taste, can use less) or 30g dry chillies
  • 90g fresh green chillies (deseeded)
  • 30g tumeric
  • 90g mustard seed
  • 90g cumin
  • 500g sugar
  • 60g salt
  • 250ml quality canola oil
  • 750ml apple cider vinegar

Note: you can adjust the chilli to suit - it has a bite but not too hot.

  1. Put the ginger, garlic and chillies in a food processor and mix to paste.
  2. Heat oil in a pan until smoking.
  3. Fry the ginger, garlic and chillies until the raw smell goes.
  4. Add the spices.
  5. Add tomatoes, chillies, sugar, vinegar and salt.
  6. Cook on slow until cooked - 1 hour or more.
  7. The mixture should be thick with oil floating on top.
  8. Fill into sterilized containers and seal. The kasundi will keep for months, however once opened store in the fridge.

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Lianne's Tomato Kasundi Comments

  • Please e-mail me Kasundi recepie

    Maria Anthoni

  • Hi Maria, thanks for getting in touch. We don't have your email address, are you able to print off the recipe above? Alternatively you can email us at and we can email the recipe back to you. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team.


  • Is it really half a kilo of sugar or is it a type?


  • Hi Liz, yes it is 500g of sugar. It makes a large amount of kasundi and the sugar balances the acidity of the tomatoes. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team.


  • Hi Liz can any type of tomatoes be used? I have specific tomatoe for tomato puree and am wondering if I could use these for your yummy recipe :)


  • This recipe sounds very interesting. Is it possible to use stevia instead of sugar and how would you change the recipe?


  • If you mix with some coconut cream it is divine on fish or chicken – serve with rice and salad for a super quick dinner.

    Melissa Mabey

  • Hi Cheryl, yes any tomatoes are fine :) Enjoy! Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • Hi Marion, yes it is very tasty! You can use stevia instead of sugar, you may just need to simmer it down for longer so it thickens to the consistency it would with sugar. Sorry we aren't sure on the quantity of stevia you would need to use as we have only made it with sugar, however we would love to hear how you get on. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • I have just purchased a stevia plant and am keen to use it in my cooking but just not sure how to go about that. Can anyone assist with recipes using stevia? Many thanks.

    Diana D.