Tomato Jam …. My Mom’s Special Instant Jam without any preservatives that goes well with bread, dosa, roti, paratha and also as a filling in sandwiches ….. Totally Yumz ….
Tomato Jam is not something that we get easily over the counter in stores. These are usually prepared at home, though nowadays you do get them in some places. Mention “Tomato Jam” and to my mind my Mom’s homemade jam comes instantly. She never made Jam the type we get commercially, those days and specially in my home, my community Jam’s were rarely bought and eaten. Mom always cooked everything at home. But Mom made this Tomato Jam that did not have any preservative added to them nor did she add in onions or garlic etc. Though it had minimum shelf life we relished this one very much. Actually it would be over within no time between us siblings.
My Mom had picked this up from some magazine and prepared it and to date I simple love it very much and make it often when tomatoes are in season. This is a healthy tomato jam that you can relish with bread, dosa, roti, paratha and also as a filling in sandwiches. For some time now I have been thinking of this Jam on and off and the craving was too much this week, so I went ahead and just cooked the Jam. Yumz. Now all I am waiting is to relish this with as many dishes as possible. Very easy to prepare, so just go ahead and prepare it and enjoy. Kids are sure to love it.
Wash and drain properly about 15-16 large sized tomatoes. In a large vessel bring to boil about 2 liters of water. When the water is boiling add in the tomatoes and continue till you see cracks appearing on the tomatoes.
Remove and keep covered till cool enough to handle. Once the water has cooled down, remove the tomatoes from the water with the help of a slotted spoon and peel off the skin with a sharp knife. Snip of the stem side portion if it’s a bit hard.
Mash the tomatoes with a potato masher till all tomatoes are mashed well. Put it in a thick bottomed kadai and bring to a full boil, lower the heat to medium and keep cooking and mashing in between till the tomatoes reduce in quantity and are properly blended.
Now add in 1 tblsp of chilly powder, ½ tsp of cinnamon powder, ¼ tsp of cloves powder and a large pinch of cardamom powder. If desired you may add in a pinch of salt to taste. I have not added in any salt. Mix well and add in about 200 - 250 gms of sugar. The amount of sugar actually depends on individual taste. You may increase or decrease as per your liking.
Keep stirring till the sugar melts and the mixture starts thickening. Do not increase the heat to high, coz. now we need to keep constant medium heat. High heat will cook the sides faster and the mixture will not get an even consistency.
Keep stirring till the tomato mixture leaves the sides and there is a sort of mirror type glaze on it. Do not overcook at this stage. Lastly add 1 tsp of homemade ghee and freshly squeezed juice of 1 medium sized lemon. Mix well remove from fire and keep aside to cool a bit.
When the Tomato Jam has cooled down a bit pour it into a sterilized bottle and tighten with the lid. Keep aside till it cools completely. You should keep this Tomato Jam in the refrigerator so that it remains fresh for some time. I have successfully kept it in the fridge for about a week. Well it gets over soon too, so the question of keeping it for more days did not happen. But do keep the jam outside for 10 minutes before you start using it. It is easier to spread the jam that way. Enjoy this simple homemade tomato jam my mom’s style with your family and friends. And yes do remember to message me or send an email for feedback or query.