Tomato sauce

Tomatoes and extracts from tomatoes decrease total cholesterol, the LDL form of cholesterol and triglycerides. Tomato extracts also assist in the prevention of platelet cell clumping within the blood. The result is a reduced risk of heart health problems such as atherosclerosis. Tomatoes sauce is a low-calorie condiment, made from tomatoes, vinegar, salt, pepper, and spices. It contains 15 calories per tablespoon and vitamins A and C. Compared with its competitor mayonnaise, ketchup has no fat and far fewer calories per tablespoon (mayo contains 103 calories, 12 grams fat). Tomatoes eaten raw might not be so healthy, says a new study, because our digestive tract can only process a tiny amount of lycopene, an antioxidant found abundantly in tomatoes. Antioxidants are dietary substances found in beta carotene, vitamins C and E and selenium.

Made from all-natural, vine-ripened tomatoes simmered with salt, spices, and natural flavors for seasoning, Hunt's Tomato Sauce contains no added sugar, corn syrup, or other sweeteners. Recently when we had got a well known Indian brand of tomato sauce, we found the taste some what off and pasty. I was thinking whats with this tomato ketchup. It was like less tomatoes and more like a sugar syrup. Thats when I decided to make homemade vegan tomato ketchup.So the next week, I got 3 kilos of organic tomatoes and then made the ketchup from 2.5 kgs from them. Now there is a world of difference in the taste, flavor and aroma of this homemade tomato ketchup and the readymade one.

The homemade ketchup sauce is full of tomato goodness. No pastiness, no sugary taste There is tang of the tomatoes and the texture is rich with tomatoes. This vegan tomato sauce recipe has been adapted from my home science notes. This quite a different recipe and includes ginger, garlic and dry red chilies. The red chilies give a gentle touch of heat in the sauce. The hotness and smokiness is felt first strongly when the sauce is freshly simmered. But as the sauce ages and mellows, the hotness and smokiness become very subtle. If you just taste the sauce directly you might feel it. But when you have the sauce with a snack or any accompaniment, you won’t feel the subtlety.

Raisins are also added in this sauce, hence you need to use less sugar. I have used organic unrefined cane sugar in the sauce.There is a preservative added to the sauce – sodium benzoate so that its shelf life is more. I have also sterilized the canning jar. 2.5 kg tomatoes yielded 1-litre tomato ketchup.The sauce will stay nice for about 6 months. But its so good, that there is every probability that it will get over soon. You can serve tomato sauce with varieties of snacks like fritters, patties, cutlet, french fries etc.You can make the tomato ketchup without the preservative too, but make sure to sterilize the jar properly. You can also halve or reduce the recipe further proportionally. You can make ½ liter or ¼ liter tomato sauce.