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tomato jam

Have you ever tasted ” Homemadeย Tomato Jam ” ? Since its harvest time for tomatoes and is available in market at throw away price , i thought of sharing this “easy homemade no preservative recipe for Tomato jam “. Enjoy the peak flavor of fresh tomatoes past the season by preparing homemade jam with no artificial preservatives.This jam recipe preserves its fresh flavor with nothing but sugar,salt and lime followed by proper storage.Once ready,you will be surprised to see the jars emptied sooner than you anticipated.That addictive it is.

tomato jam

Growing up, my mom used to make these tomato jam at home when tomatoes were in season.Once it was done,she would happily pass a few jars of this luscious jam to our neighbours and relatives, keeping some for us.And in return she would get loads of praises who ever tasted them.It was always a hit since they are not usually available in stores.

Here i pass to you all my Mom’s recipe for tomato jam which is very simple.You simply throw tomato,sugar into a pot and it cooks down to a jammy ,very good consistency and color ,beautifully flavored with cinnamon and cloves.But yes it calls for your attention to stir between and not to overcook them. If you cook more ,it will become very hard and sticky after cooling.So be all eyes near its final stage.

Are you ready to give this homemade tomato jam a try ?Im sure you’l enjoy the cooking process as you see the tomatoes turning to jellies..

You can also check this homemade raw mango jam recipe

tomato jam


Smitha Kalluraya
Course condiments
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 Kg Ripe tomato
  • 3/4 Kg Sugar
  • 1-2 pinch Salt
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 pcs Cinnamon sticks /dalchini, (Crush into coarse powder )
  • 5 - 6 Cloves/ Lavang, (Crush into coarse powder )


  • Wash tomatoes and make a cross (X) in endways as shown in the pic.
  • Boil water nicely. Switch off and drop tomatoes inside hot water. Let it remain in it for about 5-10mins.This will help to peel skin off from tomatoes easily.
  • Take them out from water,allow to cool .Peel off skin and discard them .Squeeze out some of the juice and seeds from it.You can use it for something else.
  • Chop tomato into very fine pieces or blend in a processor for few seconds.
  • Take a heavy bottom large pan / kadai. Pour tomatoes into it.Boil for abt 15 mins in medium high flame to reduce liquid.
  • Add sugar,cinnamon and cloves powder. Mix well.Let the gas be on medium flame.Bring mixture to full boil stirring frequently in between.As it thickens,stir consistently and reduce the flame. Make sure not to overcook. Jam will thicken as it cools. (Refer notes)
  • When the jam has reached a thick sauce consistency, add lemon juice.Mix well, turn off flame.Cool for about 10 mins and pour into clean sterilized glass bottles.
    no pres tomato jam
  • Once it cools completely, close the lid and refrigerate / store in a cool dry place.Use when required for bread , buns,chapathi, etc .
    tomato jam


  1. Use ripe and pulpy tomatoes.For flavoring i have added cinnamon and cloves. You can use something else too or omit.
  2. When the jam has reached the consistency of ketchup,switch off the stove.When it will cool, it will thicken and attain jam consistency.
  3. What to do ,if you overcooked and your jam has become hard after cooling? Don't worry, transfer the jam to the kadai . When its warm, sugar will dissolve. At this stage, add about a glass of boiled water.Mix well.See that it gets a consistency of ketchup.
  4. If made well,stored well and used with clean hands , this homemade jam remains fresh for many months even at room temperature.
  5. If you don't want seeds in it, you can puree and filter to remove all seeds.

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  • Reply
    nandoos Kitchen
    February 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

    tomato jam looks yumm..

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    MonuTeena RecipesPassion
    February 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Good work Smitha; well explained i am sure jam turned out great ๐Ÿ™‚

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    chikkus Kitchen
    February 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Lip smacking and colorful jam !! Yumm ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Linsy Patel
    February 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Very nice jam.

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    Manjula Bharath
    February 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    very tempting and delicious tomato jam ๐Ÿ™‚ well done dear , very appealing color:)

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    Sony P
    February 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Looks so tempting jam!!

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    Nalini Somayaji
    February 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    yemmy Tomato Jam….helpful recipe…too Smitha Kalluraya..

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    Tanya Desigan
    February 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I never tried to make my own Jam… A must try recipe.. your looks so yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mitha Hegde
    February 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Wow… Looks so good… My mom makes them too… Awesome combo with neer dosa.. Your pics are tempting me to make them soon…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sathya Priya
    February 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Love the very red coor of the tomato jam ..Well prepared smitha .

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    Priya Anandakumar
    February 24, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Beautifully made tomato jam…

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    February 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Finger licking good.Looks so yummy !

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    February 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    the jam looks so yumm..loved the rich colour…

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    Radha Natarajan
    February 26, 2014 at 6:31 am

    nice recipe…love your blog too, good recipes, hope you will drop by my page too.

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    Meena Kumar
    February 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

    That jam picture looks seriously drool worthy ..Smitha.I am sure ur kids must have been really happy t have it. Homemade jam here gets over in two days..my daughter simply loves it..

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    February 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Always wanted to make these at home with no preservatives.. Perhaps now I can try, with your step by step guide, this should come out yummy!

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    Saranya Balaji
    February 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

    lovely and healthy post…

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    prachi agarwal
    February 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    lovely colour of tomato jam

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    March 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    looks yummy. well explained.

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    Vibha Sp
    June 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    lukng so sweet , vl try it soon n send u pic dear , very easy one , thanks for recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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    August 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    My housemates are so happy that this is cooking on my stove right now. We canโ€™t get enough of tomato jam, and weโ€™re so glad tomato season is here & in full swing!

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    October 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    10 minutes? Seriously??? I had nothing but mush on my hands; thank you very much.

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    Mani Menon
    August 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Tomatoes are just Rs 5/- a kg now! Right time to make tomato jam. Thanks a lot for your simple recipe!

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    Malefetsane Koalane
    October 2, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Been looking for this.Looks easy.Will try it out.

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    Margaret Muthoni
    October 8, 2016 at 7:48 am

    This is the simplest recipe ever. I love โค it.

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    March 7, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    what if u want to do it as a project to show others?

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