289.Tomato salsa

June 18, 2013mayurisjikoni
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An excellent dip or sauce

Ready made salsa sauces tend to taste very vinegary and have a lot of additives to make it appear good. Ready made sauces in Kenya cost the earth. I prefer to make my own sauces whenever possible. I make two types of tomato salsa. One where the onions, sweet pepper, garlic, tomatoes are cooked to give a wholesome sauce, ideal for dishes tacos, enchiladas, empanadas etc. The other one is where I do not cook all the tomatoes, onions, garlic etc. making tomato salsa is very easy and the lovely fresh tomatoes, garlic and  coriander add a lot of flavour to the sauce without having any artificial flavourings in it. This type of salsa is good to serve as a starter with tortilla chips, crisps (chips), crunchy pita slices etc. Fresh tomato salsa stays good in the fridge for at least a week. 

Makes about 2 cups

2 large tomatoes (approx 1 cup of chopped tomatoes)
1 cup tomato puree
¼ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped fresh coriander or cilantro
2 tsp lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
¼ tsp sugar
 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red chilli powder or paprika
½ tsp pepper powder
finely chopped green chillis or jalapeno (about a tsp) (optional)

  1. To make fresh tomato puree, cut about 4 to 6 tomatoes into chunks. Put it in a pan with very little water. Let the tomatoes cook over low heat till they become soft. Puree in a blender. Sieve if you do not like the seeds and skin.
  2. Put tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, garlic, onion and coriander in a blender. Process it just for a few seconds as you don’t want to puree the tomatoes and onion completely. 
  3. Pour the salsa into a serving bowl. Add salt, pepper,sugar, lemon juice, cumin powder, red chilli powder and jalapenos if using any. Mix and serve.
  • Can add about ½ cup of diced sweet red pepper if you like.
  • Adjust the amount of chillis according to your taste.
  • To make cumin powder, roast cumin seeds lightly in a pan. Grind it when it becomes cool.

You may want to check out the following:

pineapple salsa
red chilli sauce


melon salsa



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