Banana Ketchup

5 minutes
to prep

30 minutes
to cook

2 cups

About this Recipe

This condiment is a staple in most Filipinx homes and instead of buying yours from a corporation that is hurting workers’ rights, you can support the NutriAsia strikers by making this sweet and tangy sauce at home!

Recipe by: Mabi David and Karla Rey of Me & My Veg Mouth
Photos by: Deborah Svoboda of outoftheshadowsmedia



  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, and chopped
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3-4 bananas (or roughly 1 to 1.5 cups), mashed
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup native vinegar, plain
  • ½ cup of water

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

In a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat.

Step 2

Add the garlic, onion, and ginger. Sauté for 5 minutes, until soft and fragrant.

Step 3

Add the tomato paste and sauté until dark and caramelized. Add mashed bananas and brown sugar. Mix well.

Step 4

Mix in the vinegar and water, and bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened.

Step 5

Turn off heat and let the mixture cool slightly.

Step 6

Transfer the cooled mixture to the bowl of your food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

Step 7

Keep refrigerated and shake well before using!