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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

My Mother's Tomato Ketchup Recipe

The inspiration for this blog post came, when my mother had a good look at a certain recipe blog. It made her decide to share her famed (at least in the family) recipe for preparing tomato ketchup, which is as follows, with all netizens.

  • 5 kg tomatoes
  • 750 gm sugar
  • 250 gm onions
  • 100 gm ginger
  • 50 gm garlic
  • 1 cup malt vinegar
  • 1 tea-spoon sodium benzoate
  • 25 gm garam masala (cumin, black pepper, cloves, 1/4 inch of a cinnamon stick, all ground together)
  • salt (to taste)
  • red chilly powder (to taste)
  1. Chop the tomatoes, onions, garlic and ginger and steam these in a pressure cooker (Turn the heat down as soon as steam builds up and then, turn it off after another five minutes.).
  2. Let these cool and then liquefy in a food processor.
  3. Pass the mixture through a coarse sieve (with large mesh-size), so that the pulp passes through, leaving only the skins behind.
  4. Add the sugar and heat on a fire, so that the sugar dissolves.
  5. Put a drop of the liquid on a plate, to check the density. If it runs over, then it needs to be thickened more by heating for a slightly longer period. If it does not, then it is done.
  6. After achieving the required density, add salt and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  7. Add the garam masala, sodium benzoate and red chilly powder to the malt vinegar. Mix well and add to the main mixture.
  8. Pour the (still hot) liquid into bottles, but do not close the lids, which is to be done only after the ketchup has cooled to room temperature.


Sidhusaaheb said...

Seems to be a very nice recipe….i wud love to try it out sumday but can’t say how soon. It’s so sweet of ur mum to have shared this recipe with all the readers of ur blog otherwise i have cum across women who r not much willing to share their *famed* recipes
Waisay shudn’t this be called a Tomato Sauce?…b’coz it’s not just a plain ketchup…has got a lot of other ingredients as well.
Fariha Akhtar | Homepage | 06.19.07 – 9:19 pm | #


yah tu mazaaa hi aagaya … My parents used to make ketchup cum chutneys in similar fashion too

*asma takes a chatkhara*
Asma | Homepage | 06.19.07 – 9:19 pm | #


@Fariha: I’ll pass the compliments on to my Ma.

Hope you’ll be able to try out the recipe soon! Do let me know if you have any questions. I’ll try to answer, obviously, in consultation with my Mum.

I thought I’d call this ketchup, since this also tastes sweet and sour…am not absolutely sure though…perhaps you’re right…

@Asma: Hehe…’Njoy!

Preparing this used to be an annual ritual in our household, until a few years ago, when age and less than perfect health caught up with my Ma.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 06.20.07 – 8:25 am | #


Something similar used to happen almost every yr at our home too. But due to same reasons (age and health) and my parents commitment of daily sewa @ Gurudwra Sees Ganj she do not make it at home any more. More over now that I (largest consumer of ketchup) and my sister both are away from home and just with my brother at home she do not have to do it anyways. One bottle of ketchup last them a long time…
Sifar | Homepage | 06.20.07 – 1:41 pm | #


Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 06.21.07 – 10:32 am | #


go mom go…..
well i got one problem…..i have problems wid gm and kg….cant u tell me in spoons….

btw nice blog :D keep it up
khawab | Homepage | 06.24.07 – 9:13 pm | #

Sidhusaaheb said...

Thanks for the compliments!

Ma says that 25gm of garam masala should be equivalent to about 5 level (not heaped) teaspoon-fulls. For the rest of the ingredients, she says that it is best to arrange for a set of weighing scales, which is what she uses for measuring the correct quantities.

Best wishes!
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 06.25.07 – 12:19 pm | #


wow, sounds yummy, can u please check out with ur mom if she knows teh recipe of the “sont ki mithai” My dads friend used to bring it from kerala along with kelay key chips and i used to love it
unaiza nasim | Homepage | 06.27.07 – 5:29 pm | #


I am so sorry to disappoint, but my Ma doesn’t know that recipe.

Thank you so much for dropping by!
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 06.27.07 – 9:11 pm | #


Wow great,,
Sidhu, My compliments to ur mom.

And that reminds me of my very special childish recipe of imli di chutney that I used to make bottles full and only I could consume that. So khatti and mithi it was.
And it also reminds me of my daughter’s all time fav recipe of Rainbow Sandwich, that only she can eat(-cos she uses mint chutney, and jam, and butter, and tomato ketchup, all on it). Runs in the family from me onwards, he he he. Cos when Mama makes something, all eat. When I make something all HAVE to eat. .

Aiwen ee yaad aa geya ta share kar leya, Primarily I m writing to ask you to tell ur mom its a great service to all of us quick fix cooks. I m gonna copy it out. Allowed??
MP | Homepage | 06.28.07 – 8:28 pm | #


I shall pass the compliments on.

Good to learn about your family traditions.

You’re welcome to make good use of the recipe!
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 06.28.07 – 9:25 pm | #