Tomato, Lime and Chilli Chutney

Enjoy your summer harvest of tomatoes well into the winter months with this tangy tomato chutney.


  • 1.3kg fresh tomatoes
  • 4 limes, quartered lengthwise
  • 2 large onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 450g brown sugar
  • 750ml cider vinegar
  • 6 fresh chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  1. To skin tomatoes: cut a cross in the top of each, place in a bowl and pour boiling water on them. Leave for a few minutes until skins start to split, then strain and plunge into cold water. Slip the skins off.
  2. Roughly chop tomatoes and place in a large, wide saucepan or preserving pan.
  3. Cut the lime quarters crosswise into slices, then add to the pan with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to the boil slowly, then reduce heat.
  5. Simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until fruits are tender and chutney is thick.
  6. Put chutney in warm steralised jars and seal. Store in a cool place.
  7. Makes 3 x 500g jars.

Recipe from The Tui NZ Fruit Garden book

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Tomato, Lime and Chilli Chutney Comments

  • Disappointed as the lime pith made the chutney rather bitter. Some people like this but personally would recommend halving then juicing the limes and then removing white pith from half the lime (or all) and shredding the zest with a knife (similar to marmalade). Also the sauce was thin so thickened wroth two tablespoons of cornflour. Would not make again, have great relish recipe and will ad chills to that. Live and learn. Good luck

    Steve Tilley

  • Thanks Steve, appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • I tried this recipe and loved it, will deffo make again :)


  • Hi Andy, that's great to hear! Thank you for your feedback - Jenna, Tui Team


  • I made this yesterday. I turned out amazingly well. I just cut off the lime pith, used 8 small limes and 3 inches of fresh crushed ginger - delicious. I will definitely make it again.

    Lauren Murray

    • Hi Lauren, that's fantastic to hear. Thanks for sharing this feedback, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed this recipe and will be making it again! 

      Tui Team