Tomato Khatta | Sweet Tomato Relish

Tomato Khatta or Sweet Tomato Relish from Odia Cuisine 1

Monday is again here !!! And the theme no 182 of the Foodie Monday Blog Hop foodie group is decided as ‘Down the memory lane’ which is suggested by Swaty Mallick who blogs at Food Trails. After the theme got finalized, I had a dish on my mind which I had prepared in my tuition feast just after my secondary board exam. Some of my friends were participating in the cooking part, by knowing that I was so excited to join them. Usually I took only the salad preparation part 😛 of the tuition feasts as during those period of time, I didn’t have much knowledge regarding cooking. So I noted all the procedures from my mother and prepared the authentic relish from Odia cuisine using tomatoes as Tomato Khatta / Sweet Tomato Relish.

Usually the tomato khatta is a must to be in the list of any temple food / festival food / any special occasion of Odisha state of Indian subcontinent. The dish can be prepared using onion-garlic or without using onion-garlic. Here I have come up with the no-onion-garlic version. Also there are a no of variation in this relish. Some uses khajoor, some other uses fruits and dry fruits too, so accordingly the flavor of the relish varies.

Tomato Khatta or Sweet Tomato Relish from Odia cuisine 2

Here in this version I have simply prepared using tomatoes only. In addition to that, some fresh green peas I have added as my pantries are loaded with fresh green peas of the current season. Although sugar is used, still jaggery can be opted. The consistency of this relish is totally desirable like semi thick, thick or thin. And accordingly water is added to get the desired consistency. Since at my place the thick consistency are more preferable, so I have not added water while preparing the dish. 

The grated mango ginger gives a lovely and aromatic taste to our pallet which I always choose to add at any cost. But that addition can be omitted if mango ginger is not available at your place. Also the roasted cumin-red chili powder (jeera lanka gunda in Odia) which is sprinkled over the relish just after the preparation adds an aromatic flavor to the whole dish and in turn, gives the odia touch to the relish. This relish can be thoroughly enjoyed with rice-dalma combo, rice-dal combo, roti / fulka, poori etc. So do include this traditional relish using tomatoes from Odia cuisine in your next any festival preparation.

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Tomato Khatta / Sweet Tomato Relish

a sweet relish from Odia Cuisine using tomatoes

prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins


  • Tomato (medium) 8-10 no.
  • Green pea 1/4 cup
  • Green chili 2 no.
  • Dry red chili 1 no.
  • Ginger 1 inch
  • Mango ginger(optional)1/2 inch
  • Curry leaf 1 sprig
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Coconut (grated) 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Panch phoron 1 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Roasted cumin-red chili powder 1 tsp
  • Water as needed
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves (finely chopped) 1 tbsp


  1. Wash and chop roughly all the tomatoes first.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Add in dry red chili, panch phoron and allow to crackle well.
  4. Next add grated ginger, green chilies (cut into halves lengthwise) and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Now add roughly chopped tomatoes, fresh green peas, turmeric powder, salt and mix everything very well.
  6. Cover the pan and allow to cook till the whole thing turns into a mussy and thick texture.
  7. Then add sugar, grated coconut, grated mango ginger and mix well.
  8. Cook till the sugar melts and the whole mixture again starts to thicken.
  9. Turn off heat.
  10. Sprinkle finely chopped coriander leaves and roasted cumin-red chili powder and serve !


Mango ginger is optional. But if you have, then donot skip adding as this gives a nice flavor in the dish.
Whole red chili can be omitted from the seasoning part.
Instead of sugar, jaggery is also used to make this relish.

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  1. Sujata Shukla

    Tantalising flavours all together In a bowlful of this dish! I love the taste of mango ginger, and with chilli, ginger, Panch phoren, the tomatoes would taste unbelievably flavourful. Will try it when I next get some mango ginger from my local store. I know it’s optional, but it would taste fantastic

  2. Priya Iyer

    Oh, wow! This looks absolutely yummy! It looks quite similar to the tomato gojju we make in South India, but I'm sure it tastes completely different. Should try this out some time soon. 🙂

  3. Sujata Roy

    My most favourite chutney. But you made it little different. Never used green peas coconut and coriander leaves. Its definitely taste great. I can imagine the heavenly taste. Loved it.

  4. Vidya Narayan

    Such a lovely memory of cooking and contributing for a feast! I loved the recipe and like you mentioned the dalma rice and this chutney would taste fab!

  5. Kalyani

    mango ginger, peas, tomato – what a fantastic combo that is ! we have a family favourite of tomato chutney too (incidentally one of the first few dishes I learnt) .. this is absolutely fab!

  6. Swati

    Mom used to make a similar tomato chutney using whole garam masala like peppercorns ,cloves,cinnamon and bay leaf.. She also added some sugar along with amchur. I like the use of panch puran in the chutney.will make is soon..superb pics!!

  7. Mayuri Patel

    A relish with peas in it! Superb recipe, love the colour of the relish. As I'm writing the comment my mouth is watering as I'm quite partial to tomatoes.

  8. Archana

    Wow lovely use of winter veggies. I do make tomato relish but it's way different. I love the use of panch phoron it gives food a amazing aroma.

  9. preethi'scuisine

    Loved this tomato Khatta using Mango Ginger.Tomatoes are a saviour for me for some easy and quick recipes.We make something similar called Tomato Gojju.

  10. mildly indian

    I have to try this. I have hardly seen a recipe with mango ginger added, my beloved panchphoran and yumm plump tomatoes. well done.

  11. Poonam Bachhav

    I make a sweet and tangy tomato relish but your onion garlic free version with green peas sounds interesting Sasmita ! Can't take my eyes off the gorgeous looking chutney ! Yummm..

  12. veena

    I have an oriya friend who keeps making those lovely odiya dishes. Now One more added to it. YOu have use mango ginger too. I love the flavour of mango ginger. And I am bookmarking this too

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