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Monday, March 3, 2014

How To Make Tomato Ketchup From Fresh Tomatoes | Homemade Tomato Ketchup


As I had mentioned earlier this year I would be posting many basic recipes for bachelors and many simple but important things that are part in our day to day meal. For an example though I make homemade ghee often but never posted one !  Breads, tomato ketchup, soups and juices are to name a few. One of such item is a non-assuming homemade tomato ketchup. Keep this in fridge.

We have it with every kind of snack but the ones that we buy are added with artificial preservatives and sugar. Considering the fact that there are so many ways of healthy food habits , I have prepared this homemade sauce with only natural ingredients. More over it could be stored days together. When my little one tried this one out with samosas he commented that “Mama, this one tastes even better”. That made my day and I sure hope that after making this sauce you to get compliments from all over. Tomatoes are now a days Rs. 7-8 so make good use of it guys ! 

Ingredients:
2 Kgs Tomatoes
12-15 Garlic cloves
1 inch Ginger
2-3 Green chillies
1 tbsp Black pepper balls
1 tbsp Brown sugar
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar or you can use white vinegar
1 Cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
2  tbsp Salt, adjust 
2 tbsp Dry Oregano, divide the portion as we need to add 1 tbsp during first boiling 
1 tbsp Red chilly flakes
2-3 Bay leaves
3-4 Basil leaves
1/4 cup white Sugar

Besides these you need a big vessel, big strainer, sterilized bottles and mixer grinder

Method:
I just can't emphasis enough for clean sterilized bottle to store your homemade ketchup. So do it a day ahead by washing the jars under tap and then place a big vessel with water. Boil the jars and the caps for next 10 minutes and turn off the heat. Wipe the rim of the jar with clean cloth. Then put the jars upside down and after 15 minutes turn it other way to let it dry naturally.

 Wash tomatoes properly and chop off the stems. Chop them roughly into four pieces. Fill a large pot of water and boil the tomatoes with crushed ginger, garlic pods, green chillies, bay leaves,cinnamon, pepper balls, brown sugar and 1 tbsp salt. Don't worry about the tomato skins as at the end we are going to remove any seeds or skins. On a medium flame stir occasionally. Slice tomatoes naturally oozes lots of water from them so no need to add additional water.
Here you can see various stages of tomatoes that are  cooked on medium flame
Cook for about 1/2 hour or until the tomatoes are soft. Turn off the heat and let this come to room temperature as putting hot liquid inside a grinder may lead to severe accidents !! 
Transfer the tomato mixture in a blender and make a smooth paste.

 Do it in batches if your jar is small or else it will spill over ! Pass the tomato liquid through a strainer. Run a fork in between for the smooth flow. Discard the skins, seeds and bring the liquid back to the burner on low flame. Add the sugar, remaining 1 tbsp dry oregano, vinegar, basil leaves and check the seasoning. If needed add more sugar (I generally make it little spicy ). After 15-20 minutes the tomato mixture will thicken. 

As with time it will thicken more so better check the consistency by dropping a little drop tomato sauce on your palm. It should not be runny or have any water layer outside. Let this cool down completely and then you can transfer your homemade tomato ketchup into sterilized jars. This keeps fine for 1 1/2 months and you need to keep it in fridge. We use this sauce for Pasta sauce, Pizza base sauce along with parathas so we consume it within a month. Yes it gets over soon as nothing beats homemade :-) 


Notes:

  • Do not add cold food to hot jars/ bottles or hot food to cold jars !! Jar will shatter.
  • Stir frequently to prevent sticking from bottom.
  • Be very sure that the lid of the jar and the underside of the ring is clean and fits tight.
  • Let the tomato ketchup cool completely then store it.


40 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this one Deepa...would love to try now...and really liked the background. Did you paint this?

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    1. Tanushri: Try this as the lovely natural color and flavour is unmatchable ...and the board is at least some 32 yrs old ! So didn't paint it as I like the rough look

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  2. well explained!love it!Sure tomatoes @Rs 8 is a big driving force !

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  3. Nicely done and looks yum ...you are so right there are many basic recipe which I make often too but not able to post !

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  4. The ketchup looks awesome. You've got me drooling Deepa :)

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  5. lovely pics deepa; good going lady !

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  6. Lovely home made tomato ketchup I love the clicks. Inviting you to send this post to In my VEG BOX ~Tomatoes event at citrusspiceuk.com my newer blog.

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  7. wow looks great i surely wud have said left one is store bought on fb bt gud i checked the site....really nice

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  8. Nicely done dear... I have bookmarked the vibrant ketchup... Gonna try it soon... Nice explanation with lovely clicks...

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  9. deeps did u mean pods of garlic or cloves of it....i never made this bt i doubt the amt

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    1. :-P you are right ! Edited above..Thank honey

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  10. Ketchup looks great.I am sure it tasted awesome.

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  11. Perfectly made ketchup.. Sure gonna tryout your recipe.

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  12. Perfectly made.Its in my try list,thnx for sharing Deb :)

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  13. I'm definitely bookmarking this... I don't prefer tomato ketchup at all, as I hate its flavor, but with the ingredients mentioned, I am sure this would rock with any fried items or just by itself...

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  14. Nice Idea of preserving it in a useful way. I went wrong by seeing your picture and marked your own preparation as store bought one when u posted in FB. I was really not able to find the difference. Homemade always rocks as said...Love with your board deepa. Where did u get it?

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    1. Uma Yes the guessing game was interesting as mostly answered left spoon (homemade) is store bought :-P I thought mine lacked the strong red color but with each passing day it is getting dark and above all it is free of any preservative. My job is done :-) The history of board goes like this: Was looking for parking near Phoenix mall and there I spotted one Kabadiwala !! this board was kept outside as the color was faded I quickly grabbed it without blinking :-P And my hubby was stunned to see his wife buying trash from a junkdealer LOL

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    2. Where is the like button for this comment, Deepa :)?

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  15. My guess abt the store brought one was wrong. Love the sauce.

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  16. Very useful recipe, Pics are awesome, thanks for sharing.

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  17. Nice clicks....homemade ketchup is always gud & i'm sure yours taste yummy too.....know it because we grew up eating homemade ketchup.

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  18. So colourfull and vibrant ketchup. Very usefull post dear.

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  19. Thanks for sharing this useful post, nice photos, much healthier and better than the store-brought ones loaded with salt and artificial sweeteners, nice :)

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  20. Love the comparison of store bought and homemade one Deepa.and getting the board ...from the above comment lol It looks really nice I am sure the kabadiwalas would be shocked by the food bloggers collection:))

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  21. Home made is the best,looks so good

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  22. am sure it does taste much much better then the store bought one...your blog outlook is so beautiful as well....

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  23. Very well Done Deepa, this really is a great initiative posting all the basic recipes. Very informative !!

    I have bookmarked this one for sure :)

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  24. Very useful post Deepa, thank you for sharing.

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  25. No words to explain how much I admire this recipe. Everything homemade is my dream too. Tomato ketchup looks very flavorful with all the ingredients. Many years ago, my mom used to make ketchup like this for samosa / noodle , as they were not available in my small city and we were demanding her for one :) Yours look very nice. I am sure it will taste better than any expensive brand. Keep it up dear !

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  26. Wow, lovely ketchup! Homemade are always the best! Full of flavours and of the best ingredients! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Homemade are always the best, simply incredible Deepa, ketchup is just prefect to relish with some cutlets.

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  28. Thanks dear,for sharing the recipe.bookmarked it.

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  29. now no more ready-made ketchup... thanks for sharing...

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  30. Love the surprising flavors that are going in to this Homemade Ketchup! Nice Presentation with Bottle with hand writing, could be nice Gift for family and friends!

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  31. Fantastic post, I'm sure it tasted much better than store-bought :)

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  32. How much water should be taken for boiling tomatoes ?

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