Tomato Sauce

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What you think of when you hear the word Ketchup? Tomato Ketchup right?

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Tomato Ketchup

Now the girls have a much more varied acceptance of table condiments.  I remember the times when they used to live to eat and drink “ssaauce”. Everything got a shower of ssaauce rice, chapatti, bread, fries.  If they got a chance they would have lived in the bottle of the sauce.

However, Tomato sauce or Ketchup is served with about anything that is hot from French fries, hamburgers, hot sandwiches, hot dogs, cooked eggs, and grilled or fried meat.

If that is not enough Ketchup is sometimes used as a base or as an ingredient in to make sauces and dressings.

Do you know eating tomatoes raw was not considered as safe? However, they were okay with tomato sauce.

According to Wikipedia  Tomato ketchup was sold locally by farmers. Jonas Yerkes is credited as the first American to sell tomato ketchup in a bottle. By 1837, he had produced and distributed the condiment nationally. Shortly thereafter, other companies followed suit. F. & J. Heinz launched their tomato ketchup in 1876. With industrial ketchup production and a need for better preservation, there was a great increase of sugar in ketchup, leading to our modern sweet and sour formula.

Making Ketchup at home is very simple but time-consuming. The seasoning can vary from recipe to recipe but the main ingredients are tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, salt, spices and seasonings. Common seasonings are onions, allspice, coriander, cloves, cumin, garlic, mustard and sometimes celery, cinnamon or ginger.

Generally, tomato ketchup is preserved with a preservative sodium benzoate. Naturally, when you are making a sauce from about 5 kgs of tomatoes your yield will be roughly about 4 to 4 1/4 kgs by weight. Hence the preservative! In case you do not want to use the preservative use well-sterilised glass jars and make lesser quantities and refrigerate.

A word of caution the sauce is poured boiling hot into the glass bottles the glass will crack if they are not dry. Also, place the jars on a wooden board and do not remove from the board till the sauce cools down completely.

I have made this sauce out of  7 huge tomatoes ( about a Kilo of tomatoes) my yield was about 2 cups and I have not used sodium benzoate. However, I have included it in my recipes below you can skip it. This happens to be the recipe from my mother’s cookbook!

Serve with bhajiya, sandwiches, dosa, tikki, cutlets….

The other sauces that I have tried are schezwan sauce, spicy peanut sauce, Malaysian sambal sauce,  creamy herb sauce,  marinara Sauce for Pasta, arrabbiata Sauce with pasta, pizza sauce, tamarind saucebutter garlic sauce, honey chilli sauce.

Tomato Sauce

The goodness of tomatoes in a sauce made at home!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Condiments, Kid-Friendly
Cuisine: World
Servings: 2 Cups


  • 7 Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 2 Onions roughly chopped
  • 6 Garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1 Inch Ginger peeled and chopped
  • 100 Grams Sugar
  • 15 Grams Salt
  • 2-3 Tablespoon Red Chilli powder
  • 2 Grams Spice powder notes below
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sodium Benzoate optional


  • Cook the tomatoes, onion, garlic and ginger till the tomatoes are mushy. Cool completely.
  • Grind the tomato paste in the blender and then strain it through a soup strainer.
  • Add the tomato paste, sugar, salt, spice powder,red chilli powder.
  • Cook till the mixture thicken add the vinegar. (Be careful as the mixture will spurt.)
  • The sauce is done when the mixture boils in the centre.
  • Remove from the heat and add soduim benzoate mixed in water (if using).
  • Place the sterilised and dried bottles on a wooden board and add the sauce in the bottles. Let the sauce cool on the wooden board else the bottles will crack.

Spice Powder:

  • Dry roast and grind the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, jeera and pepper.


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14 thoughts

  • March 5, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    this is a good condiment I would like to make – arent ketchup and sauce a little different although most of us (incl me) use it interchangeably…

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 6, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      There is a slight difference Kalyani. I always find the store bought ketchup sweeter.

  • March 5, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Home made sauce..yumm…safe without added preservatives.

  • March 6, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Yes this is one condiment which was my favourite too , we used to make in bulk . Over the years the consumption has gone down , but I would definitely love to make it , the sauce looks so vibrant , with excellent texture .

  • March 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Very nice and good one to make it at home…and I guess it’s a phase where all of us are addicted to this and let it go slowly!

  • March 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Same pinch Archana. Even I have made tomato sauce for today’s post. Your version looks so yum..

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  • Amara
    March 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Yummy sauce Archana.

  • March 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Excellent sauce nothing can beat this home made sauce na.

  • March 15, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Making sauces at home is the best!

  • March 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    My kids can live on a bottle of tomato sauce but I rarely give them a little!! Home made is the best and when in season, I might try this recipe.Good one Archana

  • March 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    My daughter is now in the ‘living inside the ketchup bottle’ stage. Thanks for this wonderful recipe…have to try it asap!

  • March 29, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Homemade sauce can never be beat. That looks delicious.

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