Spicy Tomato Sauce

Makes Two Cups

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

4 ripe tomatoes, chopped

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. brown sugar

Cooking Instructions

In a saucepan, heat the oil and add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer until soft. In an electric blender, food processor, or food mill, puree the mixture. (Your choice of equipment depends on your preference - smooth or chunky sauce.)  


This chutney is the best accompaniment to savory samosas, pastries with spicy potato and pea filling. Tamarind is available in specialty Asian markets.

Spicy Tomato Sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

Return the mixture to the stove and add the chili powder, brown sugar, and salt, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Refrigerated, this sauce keeps for a week. Frozen, it keeps for a month.