Simple Tomato-And-Onion Sauce (Southern African)

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READY IN: 20mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    large onion, peeled and sliced
  • fat (for frying) or oil
  • 1
    (15 ounce) can chopped tomatoes (OR use 6 large fresh chopped tomatoes)
  • 1
    teaspoon sugar
  • 12
    teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 -2
    teaspoon chopped hot pepper (fresh or dried, to taste) (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a pot, fry the onion in oil, fat or lard. Stir often, until onion turn pale brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and rest of ingredients.
  • It's best to cover the pot and simmer until nicely thickened, or leave open and stir often.
  • Add any extras you like while it cooks, such as gravy or a little ground meat. To thicken and brown the simple sauce, sauce powder (like Bisto) is often stirred into a little lukewarm water, and added.
  • You can also add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Serve over pap/sadza/ugali (and there are many other names for it in the various languages!) Of course, if it is available, this would be served with a meat stew or grilled meat. If meats are not on the menu, this is the meal. Sometimes spinach or swiss chard is added to the plate as a side veggie.
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