Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Ketchup


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Creamy, spicy and tangy, this Tomato Ketchup is as perfect as the ones you get in the market, or even better because of the fresh flavour that is unique to homemade products. Tomatoes are pressure cooked with a spice bag, blended, strained and then cooked till a saucy consistency is achieved. This simple but ideal procedure results in a flavourful and thick sauce, which will add value to any dish it is served with or used in. The flavour of the spices seeps well through the potli and is quite noticeable in the ketchup. Note that no water is used in the preparation – this helps cook the sauce faster and also to increase its shelf life. If you do not wish to add the preservative (sodium benzoate), you must keep the sauce in the fridge and use it within a month. If preservative is added, you can store it in the fridge for a longer time.

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Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Ketchup recipe - How to make Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 1.5 cups
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5 cups tomatoes , cut into quarters
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sodium benzoit

For The Potli
25 mm (1") stick cinnamon (dalchini)
3 cloves (laung / lavang)
1 tsp coarsely crushed peppercorns
2 tsp crushed garlic (lehsun)
For the potli

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a muslin cloth, tie a knot and keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Combine the tomatoes and the prepared potli in the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles, without adding water.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid, remove the potli from the tomato mixture and discard it.
  3. Cool the tomato mixture slightly and blend it in a mixer till smooth.
  4. Strain the mixture using a strainer.
  5. Transfer the tomato mixture into a deep non-stick pan, add the sugar, chilli powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 15 to 17 minutes or till it coats the back of the spoon, while stirring occasionally. Cool completely.
  6. Once cooled, add the sodium benzoate, mix well and store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

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Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Ketchup
 on 13 Feb 17 11:28 AM

mam what is sodium benzoit please tell me the meaning in Hindi and where i should buy
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Pratik Sodium Benzoit is a preservative, please check the below link for more understanding: and you can buy in any pharmacy.
14 Feb 17 03:13 PM
Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Ketchup
 on 27 Jan 17 08:47 PM

Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Ketchup
 on 31 Jul 16 02:31 PM

Hi , What is sodium Benzoit ? Can I make the ketchup without using it as I would love to make it without preservatives. And instead of sugar can dried grapes (kismis) be added for sweetness for I would love to use less sugar than the one available in markets ?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Akila, yes you can make it without sodium benzoate.. the only thing is you will have to use it within a weeks time.. and regarding grapes.. i am not sure for the sweetness.. But you can adjust the sweetness according to your taste..
01 Aug 16 09:01 AM
Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Ketchup
 on 12 Apr 16 05:40 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Hi Kismat , we are delighted you loved the Tomato Ketchup recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
13 Apr 16 09:42 AM
Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Ketchup
 on 22 Mar 16 04:49 PM

Toamato ketchup.. tangy and chatpata in taste.. never thought to make ketchup at home.. but when a made.. it taste really yumm.. thanks for the recipe..