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Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Mildly sweet tomato ketchup with the goodness of tomatoes and without excessive sugar.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Samira Gupta

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Kg Tomatoes
  • 50 g (1 small) Onion
  • 4-5 Cloves Garlic
  • 25 g Beetroot (Optional)
  • 1 tsp (Or as per taste) Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 or 3 Tbsp Jaggery Powder/ Brown Sugar/ Refined Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Vinegar

Spice Bag

  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 1/4'' Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds

Instructions

  1. Choose bright red juicy tomatoes. Wash them, wipe with a cloth and chop roughly.

  2. Similarly, peel and roughly chop onion, beet, ginger and cloves also.

  3. Make a spice bag. For this take any clean cloth/napkin/handkerchief, put all the spices mentioned under spices. Tie a knot so that nonw of the spices come out of it. By doing so, the aroma of the spices will be imparted to the ketchup.

  4. In a pressure cooker, put tomatoes, onion, beet, garlic cloves, ginger and this spice bag. Add 1/4 cup of water. Pressure cook it for 1 whistle. I tried doing this in a wok also but no apparent difference was observed so you can do it either way.

  5. Once the pressure is released, mash the tomato mix with a hand blender. If want to use a mixer jar, then let it cool it first.

  6. Pass this puree through a strainer.

  7. Cook it for 2 to 3 minutes till gets slightly thick.

  8. Add salt, red chilli powder, jaggery powder (or sugar), and vinegar.

  9. Cook for few more minutes till the right consistency is reached. To know how to check this, read above.

  10. Switch off the flame.

  11. Let the ketchup cool completely. Fill it in a sterilized bottle.

  12. Serve with love, snacks optional.

Recipe Notes

  1. Add 1 carrot and 1/2 red bell pepper to enhance the taste)
  2. Adjust spices as per your taste.
  3. Jaggery powder can be replaced with brown sugar or honey.
  4. The quantity of jaggery will depend upon the tanginess of tomatoes and on your taste as well.
  5. Instead of a spice bag, simply add 1 teaspoon of All-Spice powder or Garam Masala.
  6. To make Jain Tomato Ketchup, simply omit onion and garlic. Rest of the recipe remains the same.