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easy homemade ketchup

Easy Homemade Ketchup

This ketchup is lusicous and sweet. Its is surprisignly easy to make and stores great in the fridge. It goes great with spicy food like chaat masala fries!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Chutney, Sauce
Cuisine American, Pakistani


  • Strainer
  • blender


  • 2 pounds tomatoes roma preferred
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri laal mirch or chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds coarsely ground


  • Wash the tomatoes and make two cuts to form an X on the tops and bottoms. There are two ways to remove the skins. You can blanch them in boiling water for one minutes, or steam them in a steamer basket until the peels start to come lose. Either way works.
  • Once the skins start peeling off, carefully remove the skins, taking care not to burn your hands. Then blend the tomatoes.
  • Place a strainer on top of your pot and strain the tomatoes directly into the pot. This is just to strain out the seeds. Then turn on the flame.
  • Add the vinegar and sugar to the tomato puree. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let the puree simmer down to half. Taste for acidity and sweetness and adjust. Then add the laal mirch and cumin seeds. Simmer for another 5 minutes. The ketchup should have deepened in color and become a thicker paste like consistency. It won't be as thick as store bought ketchup but it should not pool back quickly when you run a spoon through it.
  • Let it cool completely before transferring to an airtight container and refridgerating.
  • To make it even more smooth you can run an emersiaon blender through it once it's slightly cooled.


The tomatoes. I love using fresh tomatoes but you can also use tinned tomatoes. they come conveniently peeled as well, so all you have to do is strain them after blending. 
The acidity. When using fresh tomatoes the acidity varies. That is why you may need to add more or less vinegar and sugar. For this you have to taste and adjust accordingly. I haven't used apple cider vinegar myself, but it can replace the white vinegar if that's all you have. 
The consistency. This homemade ketchup is not meant to be thick and jelly like. It's a thinner consistency although it does hold its shape. You can reduce it even further if you prefer a thick ketchup, but I like keeping mine a little runny like my Grandmother always did. 
The spices. You can omit the cumin, but it adds such a nice flavor. If you don't want a super spicy ketchup add less chili powder. 
Keyword Easy Homemade Ketchup, Homemade Ketchup, Roma Tomatoes