About Food – Spicy Tomato Sauce

Georgian food is often accompanied by sauces, such as Ajika (Georgian: აჯიკა) and Tkemali (Georgian ტყემალი). In this family recipe we show how to make a spicy tomato sauce.


Ingredients: 2 kilos of tomatoes, 2 tbs of blue fenugreek, 2 tbs of dried coriander, 3-4 bay leaves, 3 tbs of dried hot red pepper, 1.5 tbs of black pepper, 30 cloves of garlic and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference).

Preparation: Cut each tomato into 3 or 4 pieces and add to a pot. Add water to cover the tomatoes.


Cover and cook on a medium heat for 40 minutes.


Drain the water from the cooked tomatoes into a new pot using a sieve that has large holes.


Mash the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.


Use your hands (in gloves) to completely mash the tomatoes.


Keep mashing until only skins are left. Use a blender to completely mash the skins.

Squeezing Tomatoes

The sieved and mashed tomatoes should look like the picture below. Cook (uncovered) on a low to medium heat for 30 minutes. It will reduce by about 1-1.5 cm.


Use a mortar and pestle to grind the garlic cloves and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference).


Add the blue fenugreek and dried coriander and carefully mix into the garlic/salt mixture.


Add the blue fenugreek, dried coriander and garlic/salt mixture to the tomatoes. Add 3-4 bay leaves and mix. Cook uncovered on a low-medium heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.


Add the black pepper and dried hot red pepper. Stir and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes and then remove from the heat.


Serving: The sauce is delicious with meat, potatoes, fried eggs – in fact, almost everything! If sealed in airtight jars it can be kept for months. Use the bottling process described in our Kaklis Muraba recipe.


Enjoy your spicy tomato sauce!

facebook-logo-ga (1)CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.

4 Responses to “About Food – Spicy Tomato Sauce”
  1. puzzleblume says:

    Always, your images are so beautiful!
    This time “adding-black-and-red-pepper-to-tomatoes” is my favourite.

Check out what others are saying...
  1. […] of using fresh tomatoes. If you choose to make a tomato sauce instead of using fresh tomatoes click here to see a […]

  2. […] of using fresh tomatoes. If you choose to make a tomato sauce instead of using fresh tomatoes click here to see a […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: