BAHARAT TOMATO SAUCE

Photography: Tango | Food Styling: Nataly Simard | Prop Styling: Caroline Simon

This aromatic sauce makes an excellent dip with bread, labneh and fresh herbs, or use it to top eggplant or chickpea stews, meatballs or braised lamb.

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Total time 45 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2021

Ingredients

Method

Using small sharp knife, make an X-shaped incision at the base of each tomato. In large pot of boiling water, blanch tomatoes for 30 seconds; immediately immerse in large bowl of ice water. Peel tomatoes and cut in cubes; discard skin (or see tip). Set aside.

In large saucepan or deep skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic and spice blend; cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, reserved tomatoes, bay leaves and honey; season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes; remove and discard bay leaves. (Make-ahead: Can be stored in airtight container and refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.)

 

Baharat Spice Blend  In skillet set over medium-low heat, cook 1 tbsp peppercorns, 1 tsp each cumin and coriander seeds, and 1/2 tsp cloves, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; using spice grinder or mortar and pestle, crush spices. In small bowl, combine crushed spices, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. (Make-ahead: Can be stored in airtight container in a dark place at room temperature for up to 6 months.)

 

TEST KITCHEN TIP

You can reduce food waste by turning tomato peels into chips. Preheat oven to 200°F; line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix peels of 6 large or 12 Roma tomatoes, patted dry, with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tbsp dried oregano; season with salt and pepper. Arrange on prepared baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 45 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven; let cool. You can also grind the chips down to a fine powder to make a savoury seasoning.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Calories 150
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 250 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 20 g
  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sugars 14 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Iron 1.4 mg
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