Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sweet & Tangy Thick Tomato Preserve

My Grandma used to prepare this for me each time I went to Chennai during my summer vacations. She is no more! But my mother makes it every time I demand for it. This is mom made which I picked up when I had gone home to see my parents. 
It's delicious & simply irresistible!


  • Ripe Tomatoes - 1  kg
  • Red Chilli Powder - 3 tbsps
  • Jaggery - 100 gms
  • Asafoetida - A pinch
  • Tamarind - 25 gms
  • Salt - As per taste
  • Oil - 100 gms

Grind the tomatoes & the tamarind to make puree. On low flame keep a wok & pour the tomato puree, add salt, asafoetida & red chilli powder. Cover the wok with a lid for 2 minutes. Now take off the lid & pour some oil. Break the jaggery into small pieces & add it to the puree. Do not pour all the oil in one go. Slowly once in a while keep adding 2-3 spoons & cover it with a lid for a few minutes again repeat the process till all the oil is consumed. Now let it cook on low flame till it gets thick & starts leaving the wok. It should not stick to the wok. Your tomato preserve is ready within 1 hour if prepared on gas stove. In a microwave it will take around 15 minutes only.


  • The red chilli powder can be used according to your tolerance to its taste
  • The shelf life of this preserve is over a month
  • You can use it as a jelly/jam on toast or with rolls & chappatis
  • I enjoy it with Idlis & Dosas too

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  1. xllnt recipe...tnx a lot 4 sharing Rev

  2. What an interesting recipe.I'd love to try it.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this tomato widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for tomato,Thanks!

  3. Slurp.... can you here me? Awesome


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