Curry Ketchup

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

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Curry Ketchup

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 2 cups
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour 20 minutes
Special equipment:Cheesecloth, Blender
This recipe appears in: Sauced: Curry Ketchup

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped medium (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic (about 1 medium clove)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato purée
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    Place cinnamon stick, ginger, cardamom, and cloves in an 8-inch square piece of cheesecloth and tie close.

  2. 2

    Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, curry powder, paprika, and ground mustard and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato purée, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and cheesecloth packet; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened to the consistency of ketchup, 45 to 60 minutes.

  3. 3

    Remove cheesecloth bundle and discard. Transfer ketchup to jar of a blender and purée until completely smooth.

  4. 4

    Wash and dry saucepan, then place a fine mesh strainer over top. Pour ketchup in strainer and, using a spatula, push through all of the ketchup.

  5. 5

    Taste ketchup and adjust seasonings if necessary. Pour ketchup into a jar, seal, and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

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