Have you ever been in a situation where you are just about to blend some tomatoes and NEPA (abi na PHCN) strikes?
Or you’ve driven that blender so hard it just decides to pack up on you?
OK, you are still planning to buy a blender?
Here’s how to get smooth tomato puree without a blender.
- Wash and remove the seeds from the tomatoes. The best tomatoes for Nigerian recipes are plum tomatoes known as Tomato Jos in Nigeria.
- Cut them into small pieces.
- Boil on medium heat till soft. The water should not dry completely.
- While still hot, pass the boiled tomato pieces through a sieve with a wire mesh. The sieve should be placed on a pot such that the smooth puree falls into that pot. Use a spoon or wooden spatula to stir the boiled tomatoes and watch them slowly pass through the mesh. This mesh serves as a grinder for the puree. Perforated sieves do not do a good job of this and it takes longer.
- When done, you’ll have very smooth tomato puree in the pot and tomato skin in the sieve.
- Set the pot on your cooker/stove and boil on medium heat till all the water dries up.
- The tomato puree is ready to be fried for Nigerian Beef/Chicken Stew or for Tomato Stew.
What do you think about this method? Will you use it? Have you used it? Let me know in the comments!