We all harbor a devilish longing for tomato ketchup. It is involuntary how we reach for the bottle or the sachet while eating French fries or pakodas. It has become a custom to serve the typical Indian tomato sauce along with snacks to guests. The taste is transformed into a heavenly bite of something instantly.
We can always take a break from the traditional ketchup suppliers of India by making it ourselves at home! Although the taste may differ, but I can assure it is a different level of yummy! Here’s how you can try it at home:
Chop tomatoes and garlic into fine pieces and blend then in the grinder for about 3 minutes. Now take out the mixture and cook it well in about half a liter of water and add salt, black pepper, red chilies and sugar according to your taste and quantity.
This mixture needs to be cooked well and continuously stirred from time to time. When the mixture becomes a thick one, add vinegar to it. You can add a few more spices according your taste, but generally this is it all it takes to make a spicy and tango tomato ketchup.
Before pouring it down into a container, make sure it is cool. Store preferably in a glass jar and put it in the refrigerator so that you can use it whenever you want to. This sauce goes fabulously with all kinds of Indian snacks like that of samosa, and pakoda. Apart from that you can have it with any other item and this can be an accompanying condiment with that dish- it tastes equally delicious!
So while we would still keep on secretly smuggling tomato ketchups from hotels and restaurants, we can also have a jar of home-made tomato ketchup in store for us when we crave some more!