Tomatoes Chunky- “Lutenica”

When I was a child during September we used to prepare some of the veggies in our garden for the winter. It was very common to prepare winter condiments, this is not the case anymore more and more people moved to the city and you don’t have the opportunity to grow your own veggies and usually, you can buy everything in the store without spending too much time. It was a nice activity when we were kids to help mum prepare some of the veggies. This recipe is very popular and is not as demanding, of course, if you make it in small quantities :slight_smile:

Servings: 4-5 glass jars ( 250 gr each) Time: 1h

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kg tomatoes
  • 1 aubergine
  • 500 gr red papers
  • 2 onions
  • 500 gr carrots
  • 3 spoons oil
  • 2- 3 tbsp. salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. black pepper
  • 2- 3 tbsp. cumin
  • 3 tbsp. savory or 2 tbsp. Thyme

Optional:

If you want to make it spicy you can add chillily.

  • 1-2 chilly

How to:

  1. Put the aubergine in foil to bake in the oven at medium temperature.
  2. In a separate tray, put the peppers to bake, or you can bake them on the stove
  3. Cut the onion and carrots into big cubes while waiting for the red peppers and aubergine to bake ( 10 – 15 minutes ).
  4. Cut the tomatoes in half depending on how big are they. You may need to cut on more pieces.
  5. In a big casserole/ pan, place the tomatoes, carrots and papers and bring to boil.
  6. Move an aside to cool down.
  7. Peel the peppers and aubergine and cut them into big pieces.
  8. After the tomatoes mixture has cooled, place it in a blender with the peppers and aubergine. If you don’t have a blender, you can use a hand mixer. Blend until homogeneous mixture.
  9. Place the mixture back in the top and leave it for another 10 minutes, bringing it to boil on medium heat when you stir it not to get stuck in the top.
  10. Add the oil and the spices and stir well.
  11. Leave it aside to cool down.
  12. You can store it in glass jars in the fridge for about a weeks or in the freezer.

More Photos:

My mum used to conserve the jars when closing them with specials leads and boiling the glass jar for about 30 minutes. This way, they can stay till next winter -if something has left 🙂.

We usually use it for sandwiches, but it can be used for dips or a side garnish for meat and fish. I even use it as a base for pizza.

Enjoy 🙂

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