26 December 2012,22:36 by
Ponmathi Srilekha.S

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Serves :

Preparation Time :
15 minutes

Cooking Time :
1 hour

Preparation Method :

  • Heat the oil in a broad pan. Cook the onion slowly until softened. Do not let the onion color more than a pale yellow.
  • Add the garlic towards the end. Pour in the canned tomatoes with their juice and the tomato puree.
  • Chop roughly in the pan with the edge of a palette knife. Add the salt, pepper, sugar and bay leaf.
  • Simmer slowly for 1 hour with the lid off, until reduced to a thick sauce, stirring now and then.
  • Add the chopped basil for the last few minutes of cooking only.


  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, peeled and crushed 
  • 1 kilogram Italian plum tomatoes
  • 8 tablespoons tomato puree 
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 4 teaspoons chopped basil

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