Hot & sweet tomato sauce

My husband and I love the American style tomato ketchup. And the regular desi ‘Hot &  Sweet’ sauce also makes an appearance to accompany Indian snacks. Making french fries and eating it with lots of ketchup is actually my favorite. But I need our good old ‘hot and sweet’ sauce for samosas or pakoras. The tomato ketchup doesn’t do justice to certain snacks.

So the last time my husband was on a Costco run, he accidently bought the assorted Heinz set which had 2 tomato ketchup bottles along with mustard sauce and relish.The sight of 2 ketchup bottles lying in the fridge bothered me. It’s too much for a household of 2, isn’t it?

I thought of using it up somehow, somewhere. So instead of buying Indian style tomato sauce from the Indian store, I decided to jazz up this regular ketchup. A little comparison with the Maggi “Hot & Sweet” sauce got me thinking. I decided to add some Indian spices to the regular Heinz ketchup to convert it into the Indian style tomato sauce. Some basic ingredients is all that you need. The sauce turned up to be delicious. The sauce turned into tangy, spicy-hot and sweet flavors that one can taste.


Making Hot and sweet sauce using tomato ketchup is so easy that you will wonder why you didn’t do it before!

  • I am using the Heinz tomato ketchup 32 ounce bottle.
  • You need to transfer the ketchup to a deep pan and heat it on low flame.
  • Then add the ingredients – dried garlic powder, ginger powder, chili powder and sugar.
  • Add salt as per needed and stir everything together. Let the sauce simmer for 5 mins, then turn off the flame.
  • Let it cool down for sometime and then transfer it to an airtight container. Keep it refrigerated.

See, easy isn’t it?

Why waste $$ for Indian style tomato when you can make it at home using tomato ketchup as base ingredient?!


Hot and sweet tomato sauce

Jui Kulkarni
Hot and sweet tomato sauce is so much flavorful and is perfect to accompany any Indian snacks like samosa or pakoras. The sweet, tangy and hot sauce is definitely better than any other regular sauce.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Indian
Servings 900 gms


  • 1 bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup 900gms 35oz
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Chili powder
  • 3 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp of ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp salt


  • Heat a medium sized pan on low heat.
  • Add the tomato ketchup and let it heat little bit.
  • Once the ketchup is hot, add all the ingredients mentioned above.
  • Mix everything well and keep stirring.
  • Check the taste and adjust the ingredients if necessary.
  • There is already salt in the ketchup so be careful when you are adding salt to the sauce.
  • Simmer the sauce for 5 mins and then turn off the flame.
  • Once the sauce is cool, transfer to airtight bottle and store refrigerated.


I have used US measuring cups for measuring the ingredients. For more details. click here
Keyword easy, hot 'n sweet tomato sauce, hot and sweet sauce, hot n sweet, Indian sauce, indian snacks, quick laddus, tomato sauce, yummy
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