Banana Ketchup


… I had to try it! I saw it some days ago at Sainsbury’s and I got curious, and I told myself: the first time you find very ripe bananas, that’ll be the time. I found them yesterday during a glorious food shopping day… between Portobello Market, Whole Food Market, Kentish Town (for the Londoners: have you have been to Earth and Phoenicia? They’re just great! I used to work close by but I was always in rush… yesterday I went there just on purpose, with plenty of time and I enjoyed it so much).
It tastes good, sweeter than the tomato one, of course, and you can clearly taste the banana… but we liked it! And now we’ve got two jars in the freezer as well 🙂 I think it suits well with seitan and marinated tempeh, while maybe is too strong for tofu, even if marinated.

5 very ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 cup of golden raisins
1/3 cup of chopped  onions
2 large of garlic cloves
2/3 + 2/3 cups of cider vinegar
1/3 cup of tomato paste
1/2 cup (packed) of dark brown sugar
2 cups of water
1-1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper or chili
1/4 cup of light corn syrup (I didn’t have it! But here you find an excellent substitute)
2 tsp of  ground allspice
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg

I placed bananas, onions, garlic, 2/3 cup of cider, raisins, tomato paste in a food processor and I processed until they got very creamy and smooth.
I transferred this mixture in a pot with a heavy bottom, adding the remaining vinegar, sugar, pepper, salt and 2 cups of water; stir well to combine. This is what it looked like:
Bring it to a boil over a low heat, then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer uncovered, for 1hr+15 min; stir occasionally, as it tents to stick to the bottom – not that much but it does.
Add cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and light corn syrup (which I didn’t have). Cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently for 15 min more. Turn the heat off and let it cool.
We had it after, say, 30 min with vegan sausages and it had set… its textures is that of jams. You may want to sieve or process it with a hand blender, but I thought it wasn’t really necessary, as it was already smooth. We put it in glass jars one of those is in the fridge, the others in the freezer.


  1. ascanio 7 March 2011 at 19:03

    The idea seems weird, but I’d like to taste it 🙂

  2. Titti 9 March 2011 at 12:58

    I’ll try it!!! 😀

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