Tomato Ketchup is another thing that you regularly use in your daily snacks, however buying it outside costs your health as well as your purse. Here is a simple method to make tomato ketchup at home.
Firstly begin with selecting ripe tomatoes, wash them and keep them clean.
- Tomatoes ? 1 Kg
- Ginger – small piece (a 1 X 1cm size)
- Black pepper ? one tea spoon.
- Cloves – 5 nos
- Cardamom – 3 nos
- Red chilly – 1 no
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Vinegar – half cup
Method of Preparation
- In a cup of water boil tomatoes, ginger, pepper, cloves, cardamom and chillies in low flame. You have to be careful not to burn the tomatoes.
- After the tomatoes become soft, remove the vessel from the stove and let it cool for some time.
- Now grind all the ingredients in a mixer into a fine paste.
- Empty the contents in a thick bottomed vessel and bring the contents to boil. Keep stirring till it thickens a little.
- Now add sugar. Stir again till you get a ketchup consistency.
- Remove the vessel from flame and leave the contents to cool off.
- After the ketchup cools, add vinegar. Stir once and pour it into a bottle and place it in your fridge. You can add half a spoon of monosodium glutamate if you like.
This ketchup does not have any of the storage chemicals that are used generally by bigger brands in market, however you would be able to have the confidence that the food that your child and members of family take are nutritious and would not harm them in any way.
To make your ketchup more nutritious you can add carrots in the ration of 1:4 with the tomatoes during the boiling process. If you want garlic flavour you can add 5 cloves of garlic and one onion during boiling itself.
Your children would not able to find any difference in the taste and you need not worry about any harm whatsoever done that may otherwise occur.