Sauced: Curry Ketchup


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[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

Heinz + curry powder = curry ketchup. Done.

Sure, you can go that route, but as I found out by making my own ketchup, you can get something a whole lot different and more flavorful if you start by scratch. So when I decided I wanted curry ketchup, I built the recipe from the ground up to create a sweet tomato condiment with layers of complex spice that goes beyond what a two-ingredient sauce could deliver.

Of course the main seasoning is yellow curry powder, but a packet of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves that simmered in the sauce while it thickened imparted subtle background notes that built upon the Indian influence of this ketchup.

The end result was a fresh sweet tomato base contrasted against an earthy spice and a little kick of heat that went incredibly well with the batch of roasted sweet potato wedges I cooked up at the same time.

About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.