For anyone like me before 8pm last night who had never tasted this Indian-inspired delight, a kasundi is a rich tomato pickle with a whole bunch of aromatic spices thrown in, and underlying all of that is a lovely chilli warmth that just keeps all of these tastes dancing around your tastebuds. Well at any rate, that's what the tomato kasundi from the good people at Spread tastes like!
I served up this special preserve with a lemon and garlic spatchcocked chicken, which itself was quite tasty, but adding a few dollops of Spread's tomato kasundi took my meal to a whole other level.
There is a little word on the Spread label that indicates that a little bit goes a long way, and that word is "hot". I love chilli and this kasundi packed a punch which was just awesome. As my chilli tolerance increased throughout the meal, I couldn't help myself and just kept reaching for the bottle to plonk a bit more on my plate over and over again.
Spread is based in the small seaside town of Port Campbell, and makes the most of local ingredients in its array of jams, preserves and other 'spreads'.
You could really taste the quality of ingredients in this tomato kasundi, but more than that you could taste the quality of the recipe. Spread uses half the amount of sugar usually included in traditional recipes, and that really allowed the natural tastes of the tomatoes, garlic, mustard seeds to shine in this little jar.
If you've never had kasundi before or even if you're a kasundi aficionado, this really is one to keep in the fridge.