Tomatoes are a versatile ingredient and they can be added to any meal to boost flavour and thickness.

Tomato paste is something that has been evading me for a long time. It was difficult to get the consistency right but I finally found a sweet spot in terms of balance of ingredients and the results have been good so far.

Here is how to make a simple tomato sauce paste at home. You can use the paste in stews or spoon over fried meats or pasta.


  • Tomatoes (about ½ a Kg)
  • Chopped onions (one medium onion)
  • Minced garlic (one to one-and-a-half cloves)
  • Olive oil
  • Basil (1/2 tsp)
  • Oregano (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt

Fresh basil and oregano can be found at the herbs section in Chandarana supermarket. You can also use the dried herbs.


  • Wash the tomatoes then boil then whole until their skins start to peel.
  • Drain the water and run over cool water. Peel off the skins then set aside.
  • Chop onions and garlic (pounded) then add to pan. Fry them together in olive oil until they are soft.
  • Add the tomatoes.
  • Simmer the sauce on low heat in an uncovered pan and stir frequently to keep it from burning.
  • Leave it on low heat until it reaches your desired thickness.
  • Add your tomato paste to jars for storage and keep in the fridge. You may add lemon juice to boost the acidity.