Homemade Curry Ketchup

Ketchup gets a bad rap. People abuse it to mask sub par food, or load it onto junk food. I mean can you imagine a burger without it? And lets not even mention the sugar content or high fructose corn syrup in most commercial brands. I have always liked ketchup, but wasn’t the type to quickly reach for it to drown everything on plate.However , when Certain Someone first took me to his house in Germany, I fell in love with Curry Ketchup. It’s a German thing and when you go, you must have a Currywurst. Your taste buds will thank you. Needless to say every time we go, or Certain Someone goes, I bring back huge bottles of the stuff.

The other day I catered an event and still had a few leftover very ripe  tomatoes that needed to be used quick. In addition, my organic delivery service gave me a large bag of tomatillos, those small green tomatillos that are covered in a protective leaf covering, and used in Mexican food. I wanted to use them all together and immediately ketchup came to mind. Now if you cant get tomatoes, don’t worry, just use the tomatoes you have on hand, or add some regular green tomatoes for a kick.  Enjoy the freshest, natural taste you can imagine making your own ketchup. Your body will be grateful and your loved ones will appreciate the taste and effort.

Homemade Curry Ketchup
Recipe type: condiment
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A ketchup with a spicy curry kick.
  • 2-2½ pounds ripe tomatoes ( can mix red, green, tomatillos) cut into quarters. Do not peel.
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 inch fresh ginger peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 Black Cardamon pods
  • 3 Star Anise
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 dried Thai Chilies
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt to taste
  1. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, add quartered tomatoes, and all the spices, vinegar.
  2. Turn heat to medium high to get a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat to lowest setting and slowly cook for approx 1 hour . The ingredients should break down and start to liquefy. Be sure to stir often to prevent sticking and burning.
  4. Take a fine wire mesh strainer or a food mill and strain the mixture into a bowl. Be sure to press and extract all the liquid and pulp, while leaving the skins, and spices the strainer.
  5. You should have a thick like sauce. If not thick enough add the strained sauce to a sauce pan and continue to reduce until thickened to the right consistency. Be sure to stir often.
  6. Pour into a clean glass jar and allow to cool.
  7. Refrigerate and use within 2 weeks.
  8. Make approx 2 cups.
Keeps 2 weeks refrigerated. You can adjust the spices to make more or less heat and spice according to your tastes.


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13 thoughts on “Homemade Curry Ketchup

  1. Peter

    At least now you don’t have to lug bottles of curry ketchup when you cone back from Austria and Germany. Homemade ketchup is dang’ good!

  2. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    Now this ketchup I might like. I honestly don’t like regular ketchup and probably only have it in my house for those times when my daughter is here for a meal and she must cover every imaginable surface with ketchup. Sad but true.

    But curry ketchup? Sounds delish!

  3. bellini

    Homemade ketchups sure do beat anything from a store. If I could get my daughter to bring me loads of blackberries from the coast they would be destined for ketchup.

  4. the caked crusader

    wow – sounds like it packs a punch! I love ketchup and, shamedly, have to admit that I love the cheap stuff as much as the fancy. Recently, I bought a more up-market ketchup from a small brewery; they used their beer in it and it’s delicious

  5. Kelly

    I’ve never thought about including curry. Does this taste similar to typical ketchup or is the flavor profile vastly different?

  6. Tracey

    Sweet mercy it is HOT!!!!!!!!(in the suburbs)we had this last night with grilled chicken and shrimp kabobs,and some couscous,and it was ‘deeeeevine’.I actually marinated the chicken for about an hour in the ketchup prior to grilling and let me tell you,the combination of the ketchup with the smoky flavor from the grill was completely lovely.thanks for such a simple tasty recipe.

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