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If you are following the vegan monthly meal plan, this tangy homemade tomato relish is used as a condiment whenever you would like to use it. There is no particular use specified in the meal plan. Perhaps use it with the Sweetcorn Fritters, or the Spicy Bean Burgers
If you aren’t following the meal plan fully, it’s a very useful thing to have in the fridge, much like a tomato ketchup.
How to make tomato relish
If you bought ready chopped tomatoes you can use them as they are. Whole plum tomatoes need to be chopped up first. It’s a very easy recipe in that you just pile everything into a saucepan and blip it gently for half an hour.
Like a relish with bits in? Then you’re done. Sometimes I like a relish with bits in, sometimes smooth. If you too like a smooth relish, give it a bit of a whizz with a stick blender.
Tip into a clean and dry jar and keep in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.
Tomato relish ingredients
The liquid used in this tomato relish recipe is from a jar of roasted peppers. These are bought for the monthly meal plan and so use up an ingredient that might otherwise be wasted. Do you use jars of roasted peppers? They are a useful ingredient to have in the pantry. Makes knocking up this delicious tart very quick and easy
Change the tomato relish ingredients
- Change the amount of garam masala, use more for a stronger flavour, or less for a milder spice flavour, or omit completely
- Adjust the amount of black pepper if you like your relish hotter. Or add a chopped chilli, or half a tsp of chilli powder
- Use a tsp each of ground coriander, ground cumin and turmeric for a different flavour
- Add a lot or a little garlic, depending on how much you like – I like loads!
- Use a little tamarind, go gently, it’s powerful stuff
- If you have a flavoured vinegar to use up, perhaps try it here. Malt vinegar would be strong for this. If that is all you have, add half the amount and see what it’s like. Add more if it needs it
- If you are using the liquid from a jar of roasted peppers, taste first and add more if it needs it
- If you can afford to get a branded tin of tomatoes, it would be worth trying it here and see if you prefer the taste
- 440 g tomatoes 1 can
- 150 g onions 2 small ones
- 150 ml vinegar (from your jar of roasted red peppers-if following our meal planner)
- 1 tblsp garam masala
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- Cut the tomatoes into pieces in the tin, using your knife against the side of your tin.
- Use the liquor from your jar of roasted red peppers if following our meal planner, about 150ml. If not following the monthly plan, use white wine vinegar, not malt vinegar as it would be too strong
- Tip the tomatoes and all your other ingredients into a heavy bottomed metal sauce pan and cook on a medium heat for approximately 35 mins. Pour into a sterilised jar, keep in the fridge for around 6 weeks.
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