Homemade Date Ketchup | Vegan

Who doesn’t love Ketchup? When it comes to condiments its hard to beat ketchup, simply because it goes with everything.

But it’s also pretty high in sugar and full of nasty preservatives. I had heard of Date Ketchup before but never got a chance to try it until I realized that making your own ketchup is very easy. And that is how this recipe was born and I said goodbye forever to Felix and Heinz.

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  • 1 can of peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ginger
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 3-4 medjool dates (depending on how sweet you like it
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp turkish pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt


Heat the tomatoes in a medium sauce pan and finely chop the onion, celery, ginger and dates. Then add them to the simmering tomatoes, together with the cinnamon stick. Let everything simmer for 15 mins, then take out the cinnamon stick. Continue to simmer for another 10 mins, before adding the remaining ingredients.

Let the sauce cool down before adding it to a blender and blend until it turns into smooth ketchup and you’re done.

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  • Reply annette92 March 29, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Very clever! I never thought to sweeten dips with dates. YUM!

  • Reply Epic Vegan Burger – About That Food April 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    […] about 4 tbsp of Ketchup (preferably my Homemade Date Ketchup) […]

  • Reply Ian James (@grobelaar) April 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Can I ask what the Turkish pepper is? Is it a spice, or do you mean one of those pale green mildly spiced green bell pepper type things? I couldn’t find anything like Turkish pepper so I went with a smaller amount of piment d’espelette which I happened to just find in my local corner shop. But it’d be good to know what it’s supposed to be.

    • Reply melina@melinakutelas.com May 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Turkish Pepper Flakes, or Aleppo Pepper. They are milder chili flakes. You can substitute with a smaller amount of regular chili flakes.

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