Hot and cold pickled tomatoes recipe with chilli yoghurt

Hot and cold pickled tomatoes are super zingy with chilli yoghurt.

“Pickled tomatoes. What a revelation. The sweet tanginess of the vinegar really pairs well with the savouriness of the tomatoes, creating something beautifully balanced,” explains Ryan Riley of Life Kitchen.

“Chilli yoghurt helps the tomatoes to sing, and brings the whole dish a light-handed freshness (there is no end to the list of ingredients you can mix into yoghurt to make it exciting). The pickled tomatoes will keep for two to three days in the fridge in a sealed container.”

Hot and cold pickled tomatoes with chilli yoghurt form Life Kitchen by Ryan Riley

(Serves 3–5)

150ml red wine vinegar
1/4tsp fennel seeds
6 coriander seeds
2 bay leaves
12 mixed-colour cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
2tbsp full-fat Greek yoghurt
1tsp Chilli Oil (see below)

To serve:
Warmed flatbreads or naan breads
A small handful of mint leaves

To make the Chilli Oil:
(makes 200ml so you’ll have plenty left over)
200ml rapeseed oil
40g dried chipotle chilli flakes
20g red chilli flakes

Place a saucepan on a medium heat and add the oil. Bring to a simmer – be very careful as the oil will be extremely hot. After a few moments, drop in a chilli flake: if the oil is hot enough, the flake will sizzle slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in both types of chilli flake. Set aside and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, pour into a sterilised jar and seal with a lid.

Hot & cold pickled tomatoes with chilli yoghurt (Clare Winfield/Bloomsbury/PA)


1. Stir together the vinegar, both seeds and the bay leaves in a bowl. Place a saucepan on a high heat and pour in half the liquid (with half the aromatics). Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat. Divide the tomatoes between two bowls and pour the hot liquid into one bowl and the cold into the other. Leave for five minutes.

2. Meanwhile, combine the yoghurt and chilli oil in a bowl.

3. To serve, spread the warmed breads with the chilli yoghurt, top with both hot and cold tomatoes (discarding the bay) and scatter over the mint.

Life Kitchen by Ryan Riley, photography by Clare Winfield, is published by Bloomsbury, priced £20. Available March 5.