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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Homemade Tomato Puree - Tomato Puree Recipe - How to make tomato puree at home

Homemade Tomato Puree Recipe
I use tomato puree often instead of chopped tomatoes as hubby and me dont like the chunky tomato pieces in gravies.So homemade tomato puree is always handy and comes to rescue during the rush.

I just puree raw tomatoes attimes, but the traditional way of making tomato puree is this - blanching, pureeing and simmering for more time which increases the shelf life. I have few readers asking for homemade tomato puree and finally here it is :)
Homemade Tomato Puree Recipe

Homemade Tomato Puree Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 1 cup
Recipe Category: Homemade | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Tomatoes - 4 to 5 medium sized
Vinegar - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp (optional) - I didnt add

Measurement when you are making in bulk:

Tomatoes - 1 kg
Vinegar - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Wash tomatoes and rinse off dirt if any.Then mark a plus at the bottom of each tomato(this is to ensure even cooking)
    How to make tomato puree at home - Step1
  2. Boil water(just enough for the tomatoes to immerse).Now slowly add the tomatoes and cook in medium flame for 10mins or until the skin starts to split and peel off.
    How to make tomato puree at home - Step2
  3. Now remove the tomatoes and put it in cold water so that its easy to handle. Then peel of the skin, discard the eyes of the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into half and discard the seeds(this step is purely optional)
    How to make tomato puree at home - Step3
  4. Puree them in a mixer or blender to a smooth paste(Do not add water).Transfer this puree again to pan add sugar and salt(if you are adding).You can even stop with this step and store.
    How to make tomato puree at home - Step4
  5. Add vinegar and allow it to boil in sim until a thick consistency is reached.Though boiling(after the puree is made) is optional it helps in shelf life of the tomato puree.Allow the puree to cool down completely then store it in airtight container.
    How to make tomato puree at home - Step5

My Notes:

  • You can store(refrigerate) this for upto 2 weeks.Use clean spoon everytime.
  • The other way is to pour the puree in icecube trays and freeze it.
  • Removing seeds is purely optional, I usually discard them.
  • Boil the puree to a thick consistency to increase the shelf life. Heating to a boil before storage and using clean storage containers helps to increase shelf life.
  • You can either use country or bangalore tomatoes, any variety as per your preference.
Homemade Tomato Puree
Written by: SHARMILEE J

42 comments:

  1. Very good post. my desktop is full of tomatoes. thanks

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  2. Very useful post Sharmi..Looks just like the store bought ones, even better actually!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  3. this recipe s nice...will it be fresh for a week?

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    1. Yes it will keep well for even 2 weeks if handled properly

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  4. Thanks a lot for posting this informative post. Looks simply delicious.
    Deepa

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  5. very useful post, usually i buy store bought puree only...

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  6. Can we skip vinegar or is ther any alternate?

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  7. Home made ones makes the food even more tastier.would love to try this one.is there any substitute for vinegar in case i do only small portion.

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  8. Fresh and good,home made is the best.

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  9. always wondered how this was made

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  10. Amazing presentation...I like the bowl u used for boiling tomatoes. Can u tell me where u got it?looks like plastic but u keep on flame...

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    1. It is not plastic, it is glass Vaishnavi...:) It is borosil gourmet cook and serveware...Check here:http://www.myborosil.com/p/set-of-3-gourmet-cook-store
      But I got mine from Ideal Stores, Coimbatore

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    2. I am going to try out this evening also i was wondering about the bowl... it looks very cute.

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  11. @Vidya,@Meena : You can skip vinegar but not sure on the shelf life...guess it will stay fresh only for 2-3 days

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  12. Tomato puree is always handy. Nice recipe.

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  13. Helpful post. Good option to preserve tomatoes.

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  14. I always have puree on hand to use in a variety of dishes. Nice recipe.

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  15. great post...Can we skip the sugar part...I dn't want to feel the sweet flavour in curries...my family just dn't like the sweetness in curries.

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    1. The sugar is very little and it will not dominate the taste but if you prefer then yes just skip it and go ahead :)

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  16. Lovely stepwise pice. you have an awesome choice of posts dear. Rocking as ever :)

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  17. I tried it last night and came off very well. Instead of putting the tomatoes into cold water i kept in fridge for some time to peel of the skin. Also the water in which tomato was boiled i stored it for today's sambar the pulp got into the water so much which i dint want to waste. will update you the taste and shelf life little later.

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  18. I have read where you can skip the sugar, vinegar and the salt. Really all that is left is the tomatoes. So just cooking down the tomatoes will make the puree?

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    1. Yes just boiling, removing the kin and puree it makes the tomato puree...If you want to increase the shelf life then sugar and vinegar are must.

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  19. I tried your puree last eve for my butter chicken recipe and it turned out great. I didn't blanch the boiled tomatoes in cold water,instead refrigerated for 10 mins. the peel came write off. Also I discarded the seeds before blending the tomatoes to make a luscious puree. I didn't add any sugar or vinegar as I didn't have to store it and wanted to use immediately. Thanks for the recipe, its a keeper. Will be trying your chutneys for idlis and dosas soon.

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  20. Wasn't as smooth and pretty as yours, but the flavors were bang on. And i used chili infused vinegar instead. Gave it the subtlest of tangs.

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  21. than q so much :)
    i rly lov it luks smoooothh

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  22. Making it right now! Thanks Sharmilee!

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  23. shall we use this as tomato sauce for snacks like cutlet...

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    1. No no this is not tomato sauce, its tomato puree we use for our daily cooking cant be replaced with tomato sauce

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  24. thank u so much for d easy process and useful recipe Sharmilee jee ...

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  25. Thank u so much for the useful recipe and the easy process to prepare it sharmilee jee

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  26. Hi Sharmilee, wonderful post and awesome blog!!! your hard work can be seen from ur posts. would like to introduce you to my blog www.goenchyogazaali.com, would love to hear your comments...
    regards
    meghana

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