A WORLD BEYOND TOMATOES

The word “ketchup” sure does fill our minds with images of a bottles and jars containing red colored thick and glossy condiment made from tomatoes. Well, we have been eating indian tomato sauce and ketchups since forever. But a ketchup doesn’t necessarily have to start with and end at tomatoes. You’ll be amazed to know that there is an entire world beyond the conventional tomatoes.

Ketchup suppliers in india have a number of ketchups and sauces in their kitty made out of different fruits and flavors. And you can make your own at home as well. So let’s take a break from tomatoes and look at some of the fruit recipes

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•Strawberry sauce: The strawberry recipe is made from the mixture of strawberry and sugar. Strawberry is stirred with the sugar unless it gets coated completely. This mixture then is heated for 5 minutes. Lemon juice is added to it and the mixture is stirred. Transfer the contents into a jar containing tightening lid and refrigerate it for three weeks. Remember to use very ripe strawberries if you want a juicy ketchup.

•Mixed berry sauce recipe: Do you like the sight of yummy sauce spread over cheesecakes and vanilla ice creams, making it even more delightful? Well you can make this delight by using a combination of whatever berries you can think of- strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and red raspberries.

•Caramel butter sauce recipe: The caramel sauce is one tempting recipe made out of sugar, butter and whipping cream. The only point of concern while making this recipe is that making caramel is a fast process. If you don’t work fast on mixing butter and cream, the sugar will burn.

•Creamy walnut recipe: The main ingredients of this recipe are walnuts, butter and olive oil. The nuts are first grinded. Butter and olive oil are added until a paste forms out of it. People who love cheese can also add a lot of cheese at this stage. Then the cream is added and blended until a smooth mixture is ready.

No wonder we have a number of sauces to choose from- from sweet to spicy! But don’t worry tomatoes, indian tomato sauce has no replacement and we will still need you while having paranthas and pakodas!

The Saucy Breakfast

A breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It literally breaks the fast, caused after having a long gap from the last night’s dinner (9-10 hours is really long!) and that is where it derives its name from. Breakfast acts as a fuel to the body, helping us kick start our day, the same way a petrol works for a car. It gives us energy to work for the entire day and keeps us satisfied till lunch. Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fiber. The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day. A heavy and healthy breakfast is very important for the body, for people working physically as well as mentally.

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The Indian tomato sauce is one of the most important ingredients of a breakfast because it acts as a companion to a wide range of food items. From desi- paranthas to cutlets and from omelets to oats, the Indian tomato sauce works wonderfully in enhancing the deliciousness of the food. Although tomato sauces are easily available in the market today, it is fresher, more aromatic and definitely more satisfying if made at home. The main reason behind it is the fresh flavor of tomatoes, capsicum, onions and garlic, tinged with herbs and spices. People also customize this Indian tomato sauce recipe according to their own choice of set of spices.

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When it comes to breakfast, the options are endless. Although the list of a healthy breakfast goes on and on, some of the easy and healthy breakfast recipes in India include pasta, omelets, dosa, poha, idli and sandwiches. These breakfasts can be easily accompanied with the Indian tomato sauce. It offers versatility to the taste as well as a number of health benefits. A cup of tomato sauce contains a quarter of a recommended daily intake of vitamin A and fulfills half of our daily need for vitamin C. Tomatoes are also naturally rich in minerals and fibers. Compared with cream-based sauces that contain many times as many calories per cup, tomato sauce is a lean and nutritious option.

Simple Recipes with Left-Over Bread

What do you do when you have leftover bread in your freezer? I am sure this is a familiar situation for everyone. As for me I never seem to consume the entire loaf of bread. There WILL be a few left, always! I usually find ways to make something interesting out of those left over loafs and eat it right away. At times I make people eat them as well! So far, all my experiments have gone pretty well, and now I secretly wish for some bread leftovers every time I get a new loaf. Here are two of my all-time favourite preparations, you can try them too!

Make a bread salad!

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Who knew you could use up the hardened ends of leftover bread? All you have to do is to toast the bread cubes for about 15 minutes till they are crunchy, but not completely toasted. The second important thing you need after bread in this salad is a red round tomato, followed by a salad dressing. India now has some fabulous option of dressings, go for anyone or use the one you have at home. Add fresh vegetables if you have any or you can just mix the above mentioned ingredients and treat yourself to a simple but tasty bread salad! If you add a bit of butter in the whole thing you will be surprised by the flavour it can add up to!

Bread and mayo rolls

Breads with mayonnaise sauce

Fry the bread you are left with, in a little bit of butter. Any oil would do, but butter would lend a better taste. Remove the bread sides and fry it till it’s still soft. Got any salami in your freezer? Well, keep it on the brad roll, before wrapping it up, add a generous amount of mayonnaise sauce in it and then roll it up! The mayo gives a heavenly taste mixed with the salami, and it helps keep your bread roll stick together. Bite on it, and have a taste of wonder!