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Homemade Tomato Sauce.

Nidhi, my daughter loves tomato sauce...she needs sauce for bread rolls, cullets, samosas, puffs, pizzas etc etc.....and that's how I started  making homemade sauce....I think it was way back in 2000 that I got the book, "Pickles, Chutneys, And Preserves" and got hooked to simple homemade Tomato Sauce recipe (Chinese). Since Nidhi, cannot do without sauce and I did not want to pump her with store brought sauce with all the preservatives, colours, emulsifiers, God only knows what else??....

Whenever I see nice red plump tomatoes I give ones weakens me!!!....I got these gorgeous babes for just Rs 5/kg..

I follow the recipe completely and Nidhi always says this taste better than store brought ones.....Infact when she was 5 years old I used to pour this sauce into her favorite tomato sauce bottle and she never used to think otherwise.

The recipe calls for a spice bag....its nothing just tie up the spices in a cloth and dunk into the tomato puree while it is simmering. I have not used any artificial colour or preservatives....I bottle and refridgerate it...for me the sauce lasts anywhere around one month or so....remember Nidhi is sauceholic!!! And oh! the standerd recipe is for half kilo tomato....but I always make 2 my spice bag contains more spices than stated in the recipe. I usually add the vinegar depending upon the sourness of the is always better to decrease vinegar a bit.                                                                                Spice bag!!

Recipe Source: Pickles, Chutneys, Preserves, by Vasantha Moorthy.

Tomatoes: 1/2 kg.
Garlic cloves: 4.
Onion: 1 medium, sliced.
Sugar: 2 tbsp.
Spice bag:
Cloves: 3.
Cardamoms: 3.
Cinnamon stick: 1".
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Peppercorns: 1/2 tsp.
Vinegar: 1/2 cup.

Pls note that I double up the recipe for 2 kg tomatoes.

1. Wash and chop the tomatoes. Chop garlic and onions. Put them into a pressure cooker.

2. Let it cook for 1 or two whistle. Allow it to cool and open when completely cooled.

3. Put this pulp into a mixer jar and given it a run, pass this through a sieve into another large vessel.

4. Add the sugar, salt, vinegar, and the spice bag into it and put on fire and once it boils, reduce heat and let it simmer. (It is advisable to keep an eye on it as it tends to boil over and spill).

5. Reduce heat and simmer for some time (for 2 kg it takes anywhere between 15 to 25 min) till it thickens. Remove from fire....bottle it. (regret the bad picture quality...I made this at night and lightening was poor).

Well thats it.......its really easy and exciting to make homemade tomato sauce.....and I am glad my princess is getting good quality real tomatoes into her system :)

Use as a dip for almost anything!!!.
Can use in curries when you ran out of tomatoes!!!. Enjoy!!!


  1. Oh God I can’t believe Nisa!!!! I also made a batch of tomato sauce day before yesterday and was planning to post it on my blog :)….. my little one also need sauce with almost everything… so I also make it at home and used to bottle it in store bought sauce bottles till recently :)... Mine is slightly different recipe… onion and garlic are also inside the spice bag and also add a little jathipathri too…. Yours came out perfectly and beautiful clicks too…

  2. Perfect looking ketchup. Even better than the manufactured ones.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. Looks the colour and texture....

  4. Nothing will beat the homemade sauces, best and inviting sauce..

  5. Extremely delicious sauce and will be handy for everything.

  6. wow the colour of thesauce.........very temptg for anyone.nice to havethis recipe at hand

  7. omg that is great that you tried to make home made sauce..sounds a bit tedious but im sure it paid off in the end

  8. look superb dear and so tempting, amazing.great work..

  9. This is really a keeper recipe.. Looks like store bought ones.. Gonna try soon

  10. awesome homemade tomato sauce! love it!

    1. kya aap bata sakti he ye kitne din tak store kar sakte he, kya eski taraf homed busines ki najar ye se dikha jya saktahe ?

  11. My daughter is also so fond of sauce..your sauce looks perfect.

  12. Awesome!! Love the color and flavor!!
    A keeper for sure:-) Bookmarked

  13. OMG!!!! Awesome Nisha!!! Love the color, the texture & i can almost smell the lovely aroma of the spices :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. Looks fabulous...interesting spices in the sauce.

  15. I love that you make your own instead of buying it. Your recipe sounds just right.

  16. Awesome Nisa! Love the colour. I have one who lives in sauce bottle only so seems I will be next trying this out.

  17. Lov the color of ur sauc...first time here and u have a lovely space with amazing clicks

  18. i made this!!!
    and never ever in my wildest thoughts that I believed I would make sauce at home!!!
    excellent recipe

  19. Mitha-Sumi, ya that was the same reaction I had when I tried this first years u can say good bye to store brought sauces.

  20. can you tell me how many days can it be used......:)

    1. Hi Abhiram, thank you for stopping by....since we are not using any preservatives, I would suggest you to store in fridge....if refrigerated, it will keep good for more than a week!! (sometimes even more) hope this helps.

  21. wow nisa I love the sauce recipe.. Im sure my kids will love it too. Thanks by the way I cant belive you got the tomatoes at 5 rp killo that's cheap..

  22. Thanks a lot for the share Nisa, so happy to see this dear. will try it soon. i tried your choco buttercream frosting last week and we all loved it and yes cleaning was super easy. have a nice week ahead

  23. Thanks for this delicious recipe I tried it but couldn't get the awesome colour.

  24. hey.........thank you for this recepie....came out really well................if possible can you also please help me with green chilly sauce


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