Tomato sauce


Preparation info
  • Makes about

    400 ml

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Tekebash & Saba: Recipes from the Horn of Africa

By Saba Alemayoh

Published 2023

  • About

This is a sauce that people might make as an accompaniment to less spicy vegetarian dishes. It’s also great to use as a dip with Kicha. This is Tigray’s Napoletana sauce.


  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • ½ cup (25 g) packed basil leaves
  • 1<


Roast the tomatoes over an open flame, turning until the skins become charred. Remove from the heat and set aside until cool enough to be able to peel the skin.

Remove the skin, put the tomatoes, basil and salt in a food processor and blend to a paste consistency.

Over medium heat, use a saucepan to sauté the onion in oil until translucent then add the garlic and sauté for a min