Fiery tomato relish

Makes 1 litre

When there's an abundance of tomatoes hanging around, or maybe the price is just very good, you can simply capture the taste of ripe fruit with a batch of homemade tomato relish, ready to store or to share.

Ingredients
  • 1kg ripe tomatoes
  • 1 white onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 long red chillies, finely chopped
  • 4 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • 100g raw sugar
  • 1 Tbsp mustard powder
  • ½ Tbsp curry powder
  • salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
Instructions

1 Use a small sharp knife to cut a cross in the bottom of the tomatoes. Blanch in a large pot of boiling water for 20 seconds, until the skin begins to split, then scoop out and chill in a bowl of iced water. Remove the skin, cut into quarters, and remove the seeds. Dice into 3mm pieces.

2 Sauté the onion, garlic, chillies and curry leaves in olive oil for 5 minutes, until aromatic. Add the tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, mustard and curry powder. Season with salt and pepper, then simmer for 1 hour, until thickened. Spoon into sterilised jars, then seal while hot. Store in a cool dark place and refrigerate after opening.