Saturday, January 23, 2010

Desi Tomato Sauce

Our local newspaper once did a people - on - the - street  interview of favourite kitchen aromas,and tomato sauce ranked three among the top choices and I couldn't agree more.

Bottled sauce doesn’t fill the air with molecules of savoury stewing or its smell doesn’t signal that a satisfying meal is coming … Only homemade sauce can do this and even the best brands can’t compare in terms of taste.

The recipe I am posting today is so easy that even kitchen novices can cook it.It is a bit different than the normal tomato sauce because it has been tempered with desi masalas .. which I personally believe make the plain bland sauce more flavourful, intense and interesting.

Tomato sauce -1

What you need :
  • Tomatoes : 1.5 kg ( chopped )
  • curry leaf : 5 – 6
  • Whole cumin ( sabot Zeera ): 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds ( rai ) : 1 tbsp
  • Garlic : 6 -  7 bulbs
  • Whole red chili : 6 - 7 ( up to your tolerance level )
  • Salt : 1 tbsp ( up to taste )
  • Turmeric : 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Pwd : 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind Pulp : 2 Tbsp ( up to taste)
  • Green Chili : 5 -  6 ( chopped finely – up to taste) 
  • Red food colour :  1 -2 drops ( optional )
  • Oil : 1/2 cup

Tomato sauce page

How  To :
  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add Curry leaves and let sizzle for a minute or two.( pic - 2 )
  2. Add in Mustard seeds and Whole cumin ( pic - 3 ) , after a minute throw in the garlic ( pic - 4 ) and let sizzle for a minute.
  3. Add in the chopped tomatoes (pic - 1 ), whole red chilies , salt, turmeric and coriander powder. ( pic - 5 )
  4. Crank up the heat and let it simmer for about 40 - 45 minutes ( pic - 6 ) or till it reduces to almost one third.
  5. Puree the cooked sauce in a blender or with hand blender ( pic – 7 ) , add chopped green chilies ( pic - 8 ) and simmer on gentle heat till the sauce oozes out the oil.( pic - 9 )
  6. Adjust seasoning .
  7. Desi Tomato Sauce is ready to be served !

Notes :
  • You will get around 2 - 2.5 cups of sauce out of 1.5 kg tomatoes.
  • The boiling time of the sauce depends on the quality of pan and heat so cook accordingly.
  • Keep stirring in between to avoid sticking or burning.
  • Do not puree the sauce if you like the chunkier taste.
  • This Sauce is multi – purpose and very versatile. You can use it for making pasta, as a sandwich filling , as a dip with French bread or crackers , as chatni with plain rice , khichri or even pulao, as pizza sauce , spread on toast , sprinkle some cheese and bake for a quick pizza, use it in karahi gravies to add flavor .Use your creativity to make more interesting combinations because the possibilities with this sauce are endless.

Tomato Sauce

3 comments:

Yasmeen said...

No canned tomato sauce can beat the taste of this spicy desi style tomato sauce,love it :D

Jamila Javaid said...

hmmm..it was really v tasty...sp wid the bread .....i will try aur agar sahe na bane phir u will try... :D

Kitchen Flavours said...

Yummy......love that tangy tasty looking sauce....

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