Sweet Tomato Chutney

BY : PUBLISHED : September 22nd, 2012 UPDATED: November 12th, 2021

Total Cost Per Serving (minus sundries): .40 Cents

My buddy Colin just came back from South Africa with some amazing adventures under his belt.  And an amazing recipe for Sakari’s Chutney, or as I’m calling it, Sweet Tomato Chutney.  You can put it on a lot of things, but I skipped the charred cherry tomatoes from the Tofu Fillet recipe and replaced it with the chutney.

I’ll be honest, I hate chutney.  I never eat it. But this was spooned onto my plate before I had an opportunity to yell out “NOOOOOO!!!”, so I politely took a bite.  And I was sold.  This stuff is amazing. I’m seriously eating this by the spoonful.  So I had to pass on the recipe to you all.

Sweet tomato chutney on tofu slabs.

Don’t be fooled – this looks and smells like regular old pasta sauce all the way to the point where you put it in your mouth.  Then your taste buds start jumping for joy.

This takes a little bit of time to cook it but it’s really easy to make and it makes a lot.  So don’t be fooled by how much sugar is in it.  That’s divided up by a whole lot of servings.

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Sweet Tomato Chutney

This is an amazing recipe for Sakari’s Chutney, or as I’m calling it, Sweet Tomato Chutney.  You can put it on a lot of things, but I skipped the charred cherry tomatoes from the Tofu Fillet recipe and replaced it with the chutney.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine African
Servings 20 servings
Calories 56 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 8 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 red chilis chopped
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 10 basil leaves chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon


  • Boil the sugar and vinegar until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the tomatoes, onion, and chillies and cook until it gets a jam-like consistency, around 45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the basil and lemon juice.
  • Serve chunky or use an immersion blender or other mixer to smooth it out a bit.


Calories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 463IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword africa, basil, brown, budget, chutney, engine 2, forks over knives, fruit, gf, gluten free, glutenfree, lemon, mouth explosion, onion, party time, plant-based, sakari, sugar, sweet, tomato, tomatoes, vegan, vegetarian
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