Homemade Tomato Ketchup Recipe Without Refined Sugar and without any preservatives is a boon in your pantry. This easy recipe gets ready in less than half an hour and can be stored easily for up to a month in the refrigerator and for months in the freezer.

Do you avoid ice cream & are you all up for tomato ketchup? Sharing some astonishing facts about this red beauty along with the recipe. A must-read for everyone, especially ketchup lovers.


Homemade Tomato Ketchup in bottle surrounded with tomatos


Crimson, silky, smooth, sweet n tangy tomato ketchup decked up in each and every kitchen is a necessity in today’s date. No snack is complete without this red beauty. All age groups people especially children are crazy about it. Markets are flooded with a variety of ketchup and they are reasonably priced too. Then, is there any need to go for homemade?

All these years, I too have been buying it only. Then why all of a sudden this craze (or should I say need) for homemade?


Why Make Tomato Ketchup At Home?

Healthy Homemade Tomato Ketchup Recipe is a must for everyone for a host of reasons, which you will discover soon in the write-up below. Tomato ketchup being the most versatile sauce, found in every household deserves to be homemade only.

The recipe is super easy but still, I don’t know why I didn’t try it earlier! I may have deferred it further had it not been my husband’s, first love. He just loves tomato ketchup. Forget snacks, he can have it on a slice of bread or can just go on licking it.

I started this post with the intention of sharing the recipe of homemade ketchup but in the process, I got to know so many astonishing facts about it that I couldn’t resist myself from sharing these with you. And because of this, I also changed the title of my post.

So, of course, I will be sharing the recipe but it would be nice if you go through these facts too. However, if still interested in the recipe only then tap ‘Jump To Recipe” given on the top of the post.


Meaning Of The Word ”Ketchup”

Ketchup simply means a spicy sauce made with tomatoes, spices, and vinegar. In fact, ketchup means tomato ketchup only so no need to use the prefix tomato with ketchup.

Any idea who first made this?

You have been using tomato ketchup for a long and must have tried different brands. But do you know that Heinz tomato ketchup is named behind its founder only? Yes, as per the legend, ketchup was invented by Henry John Heinz in 1876 in Pennsylvania. He made it by adapting a Chinese recipe for the so-called Cat Sup, a thick sauce made from tomatoes, special seasoning, and starch. And you will be pleased to know that ketchup is the most famous Heinz product. You may read more about it here.


Difference Between Tomato Sauce and Tomato Ketchup

We all have been using the words tomato sauce and tomato ketchup interchangeably. True that both of these are made from tomatoes only but are these 2 similar? Well, the simple one-word answer is No!

Tomato ketchup is a kind of Tomato Sauce…

But Tomato Sauce is not at all Tomato ketchup

How these two are different? Let’s see…


Sugar Content In Tomato Ketchup

The info that you are going to read now will definitely leave you startled. We all know that ketchup has sugar. Right? But how much sugar? Ever thought about it?

Every 1 tablespoon of ketchup has whooping 4 gm (1 teaspoon) of sugar!

So, if you consume 4 to 5 tablespoons of ketchup at a time then that means you are consuming 20 g of sugar. Ok with that?

Gosh! Had I known it earlier I would have never deferred it! And believe me, after knowing this even my dear husband doesn’t want to have store-bought tomato ketchup anymore!


Ketchup Vs Vanilla Ice Cream

Must be thinking what a weird comparison. These two food items are poles apart then why compare them? Ketchup is just a sauce used daily with so many foods. And ice cream is a dessert eaten once in a while.

But, if you avoided vanilla ice cream thinking it is sweet and has a lot of calories. Just check below:

100 g of Ketchup has 22 g sugar

Whereas, 100 g of Ice cream has 14 g sugar (Source)

Taken from a leading website,

If you ate half a cup of Haagen-Daaz ice cream, you’d be consuming fewer grams of sugar than you would eating this much ketchup.


 Homemade Tomato Ketchup in A Healthy Way

I have tried to make this ketchup as healthy as possible.


Homemade Vs Storebought Ketchup


My Story Of Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Now, here I am going to share with you what exactly happened at my place when I made this ketchup. My son, Siddharth, outrightly rejected it. Without arguing with him or trying to convince him (the way I did to his dad :)- ), I took about a tablespoon of my homemade ketchup, added about this much sugar in it, cooked for 30 seconds or so. I myself was impressed with the shine and flowing texture, which was the result of excessive sugar. And this ketchup was approved by Siddharth.

This shows how much we are addicted to sugar-laden tomato ketchup!

My Advice: If need be, add more jaggery or sugar initially and then reduce it slowly to make it appealing. It will still be better than the store-bought one as it will be without HFCS.


 Step By Step Recipe

(Tip: Add 1 carrot and 1/2 red bell pepper to enhance the taste)

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Q) What are the Pros of Homemade Tomato Ketchup?


Q) What are the Cons of Homemade Tomato Ketchup?


Q) Which preservative is added In Tomato Ketchup?

Normally, Sodium Benzoate is added to tomato ketchup which is a preservative and lends long shelf life to it. But we are avoiding it here. Instead, we are using vinegar which too is a preservative only. Why use too many chemicals when you can avoid them? 

However, still, if you want then for the recipe given below, take 1/2 tsp (1 g) of sodium benzoate, dissolve it in little tomato ketchup and add this to the rest of the ketchup. This is added in the last once the ketchup is ready.


Q) Why Sugar Is Added To Tomato Ketchup?


Q) Can I make it a Jain Recipe?

The same recipe can be converted into a Jain recipe. For this, simply omit, onion, garlic and beetroot. Rest of the recipe remains the same.


Q) How To Store Tomato Ketchup

Always use sterilized bottles for storing ketchup. For sterilizing, wash glass bottles thoroughly. Dip them in boiling water for a minute or so. Take out, let them cool down. Wipe them. Now keep these in sunlight for a day or two. Or you can keep this in the microwave for 1 minute. Avoid plastic bottles. Steel is also not advised as the ketchup is acidic and may react with it.



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Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Mildly sweet tomato ketchup with the goodness of tomatoes and without excessive sugar.


  • 1/2 Kg Tomatoes
  • 50 g 1 small Onion
  • 4-5 Cloves Garlic
  • 25 g Beetroot Optional
  • 1 tsp Or as per taste Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 or 3 Tbsp Jaggery Powder/ Brown Sugar/ Refined Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Vinegar
  • Spice Bag
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 1/4 '' Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds


  • Choose bright red juicy tomatoes. Wash them, wipe with a cloth and chop roughly.
  • Similarly, peel and roughly chop onion, beet, ginger and cloves also.
  • Make a spice bag. For this take any clean cloth/napkin/handkerchief, put all the spices mentioned under spices. Tie a knot so that nonw of the spices come out of it. By doing so, the aroma of the spices will be imparted to the ketchup.
  • In a pressure cooker, put tomatoes, onion, beet, garlic cloves, ginger and this spice bag. Add 1/4 cup of water. Pressure cook it for 1 whistle. I tried doing this in a wok also but no apparent difference was observed so you can do it either way.
  • Once the pressure is released, mash the tomato mix with a hand blender. If want to use a mixer jar, then let it cool it first.
  • Pass this puree through a strainer.
  • Cook it for 2 to 3 minutes till gets slightly thick.
  • Add salt, red chilli powder, jaggery powder (or sugar), and vinegar.
  • Cook for few more minutes till the right consistency is reached. To know how to check this, read above.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Let the ketchup cool completely. Fill it in a sterilized bottle.
  • Serve with love, snacks optional.


  1. Add 1 carrot and 1/2 red bell pepper to enhance the taste)
  2. Adjust spices as per your taste. Jaggery powder can be replaced with brown sugar or honey.
  3. The quantity of jaggery will depend upon the tanginess of tomatoes and on your taste as well.
  4. Instead of a spice bag, simply add 1 teaspoon of All-Spice powder or Garam Masala.
  5. To make Jain Tomato Ketchup, simply omit onion and garlic. Rest of the recipe remains the same.
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