My Grandfather’s favourite: Tomato and Onion Relish

This is an incredibly traditional salad but so so simple.  My Mother used to say that  my Grandfather would not sit at the table to eat unless this simple salad was served with the food. This goes fantastically with my Traditional Chicken Curry but will also work with any curry based dish. You might also think “how can anyone eat raw onions” but I promise you once you have let it marinade in the lime juice you won’t feel like you are eating raw onions. It is also best with red onions or shallots as they have a sweeter flavour to being with. I usually make it before I start cooking so it has the maximum amount of time to marinade but don’t make it too far in advance as the tomatoes can get soggy.

This has been the surprise hit with my students who come along for the my Healthy Indian Cooking Classes with AirBnb experiences and I am sure you will love it too.  Go easy on the chilli powder but, of course, you can adjust it to your taste!

I have a note on nightshades in another blog post so you should avoid this dish if you are trying to cut down on nightshades because of the raw tomatoes.

This recipe is raw vegan, gluten free and dairy free!


Ingredients (serves 4)

2 large ripe tomatoes (I like to use large tomatoes on the vine)

1 Shallot or red onion

Juice of 2 limes

1 to 2 tsp of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

1 to 2 tsp of Chilli Powder


  1. Very finely chop the tomatoes and onion
  2. Add the lime juice, salt and chilli and let marinade for at least 30 mins.


I hope you enjoy this recipe and let please let me know what you think! 🙂



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