Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tomato Pepper Sauce

               My husband is a big fan of spicy food. Be it entrees, snacks or sauces, he prefers them to be really spicy. But at the same time, he doesn't like the one available in the stores as they are either too tangy for his taste or just the heat without any flavor. I ended up with more than 5 varieties of hot sauces in my refrigerator as he keeps buying different ones to find the right sauce for him.
                His passion for hot sauces motivated me to prepare it at home with the flavor, spiciness and the consistency that he likes. Here is my attempt at making the hot sauce:

  • 3 cups chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped Onions
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 4 Jalapenos peppers
  • 2-3 Serrano peppers
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp distilled White Vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Chop the peppers. The seeds are the spiciest so you can either remove all the seeds or use according to the heat desired
  • Heat the Olive oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Add chopped garlic and saute it for a minute, then add the onions and the peppers
  • Saute it till the onions are soft and translucent 
  • Now add the tomatoes, vinegar, lemon juice and salt 
  • Cook until the tomatoes begin to soften 
  • Then, transfer the mixture to a blender and puree it until smooth. Be very careful while pouring the hot mixture into the blender
  • Now, sieve the puree using a fine sieve and extract out all the liquid. Use a wooden spoon to push away the solids
  • Let the sauce cool to the room temperatures for about 1.5 – 2 hours before serving 
  • You may freeze the sauce for a couple of months and use as needed. 
  • I generally have a small container in refrigerator for daily use and freeze the rest so that it lasts longer 

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