How Tomato Ketchup Became Indian

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In a land of sauces and spices, why has ketchup captured the hearts of Indians? While the taste adjustments made to suit the Indian palate were part of its success, ketchup became a staple in Indian houses because it meant you could make tomato dishes all year long. Fresh tomatoes were not always available. In their place, cooks would reach for their favourite ketchup brand. The addition of spices like cloves, pepper, and cumin gave ketchup a unique kick to it unrivalled by regular tomato puree or tomato paste. Read full article here

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