Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tomato sauce

1 kg. tomatoes ripe, red, flat small variety
50 gms. Onion chopped
25 gms. Ginger peeled
10 gms. Garlic peeled
2 tsp. chilli powder
3 tsp. salt
100 gms. sugar
3 tbsp. vinegar
1/5 tsp. Citric acid dissolved in vinegar
1/5 tsp. sodium benzoate dissolved in 2 tsp. warm water

Tied in a pouch (of muslin cloth):
5 cloves
2" cinnamon stick broken
1 bay leaf
2 cardamoms
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds


Wipe tomatoes clean, nip off base scar.
Chop onion, tomatoes roughly.
Crush garlic, ginger and mix with tomatoes and onions.
Put in a large, heavy pan, drop in spice pouch.
Heat while stirring frequently.
Do not allow to burn at the bottom.
When the tomatoes are very soft, take off fire.
Remove pouch, blend smooth, sieve to remove skins, seeds, etc.
Add chilli powder,salt and sugar.
Boil till consistency achieve plate test.
Add vinegar, boil for 5 minutes.
Remove from stove, add sodium benzoate immediately.
Stir and fill in sterilized bottles while still hot.
Cap immediately.

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