Daqoos ~ Garlic Tomato Sauce



I don’t know what to name the struggle I am going through. The first few posts of the month came through rather easily but at the moment I am fighting a demon inside me that is growing very rapidly despite my fight. At times, I really feel I am ready to give up on the blog but then I think to myself that it was my solace during my tough times, how could I give it up when I don’t feel like it. A complicated question to the confused soul… hehe… I guess I will keep it at that for now…


I had promised to post this recipe for Daqoos when I posted it along side Fami’s Bedouin Rice. I guess it’s time has just come now, hehe… Daqoos is basically a cooked and garlic flavored tomato sauce, which is served along side meat and rice in almost every Arab country with slight variations in their version. The way it differs from Salata Hara is simple – this one is cooked while the latter isn’t. For us Indians, who prefer a sauce to go with a dry rice, this one is a great option! I usually make Daqoos just enough for the dish prepared, but most of the time, it falls short, since the folks use more than that is required. πŸ˜‰ I have adapted the recipe from here since I found it tasted really good for our tastebuds and I wouldn’t want to change it for anything. Off to the recipe…





5 from 1 vote

Daqoos ~ Garlic Tomato Sauce

Course Dip
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat olive oil. Add the tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are cooked, liquid is dried up and all you have in the pan are the tomatoes and oil.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and cook on simmer till the mixture becomes saucy.
  • Allow to cool slightly, then blitz till smooth.
  • Serve with rice.

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  1. I think we all go through that phase where we don’t feel like blogging, I do too and at those times, I don’t force myself to write a post. I will just let go and enjoy myself and after a few days (or weeks πŸ˜‰ I will come back at it and the blogging continues!
    This tomato sauce looks tasty and a simple dish to prepare!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah… I suppose I need to take that break sooner… πŸ™‚

  2. Blog when you can…..take your time and enjoy it :-)) The sauce sounds yummy!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie… πŸ™‚

  3. I think story of every blogger ,We all feel like giving up at some time…Love this tomato sauce .Must be tasting really good with the garlicky flavour.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  4. I went through that phase when my little was smaller and I felt like giving up, my advise is try and have a certain day for your post , like a less busy day, for me I have thursdays, because wednesdays hubby is home and he keeps an eye on the kids while I finish posting and checking other blogs. ALways plan ahead, what posts you are going to do for that month like you are planning for the ramadhan posts. Relax and Enjoy, i love your funny and inspirational stories so dont stop, just got with the flow , huggs

    1. oops I meant fridays not wednesday LOL!!!

      1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

        Awww… thank you so much for your comment dear… it makes me feel really wanted… I am kind of ready with posts for Ramadan InShaAllah and at the moment, keeping my cooking only to challenge posts and rest all from my drafts… but trying to find motivation to keep posting… If you have seen, I have reduced my posting from five to three posts per week now, trying to keep it at that… πŸ™‚

  5. I understand your feelings… I don’t get time to blog but then I keep on planning lot of things for the blog which I never get time to execute them…All of a sudden I write a post… A weird feeling :)…

    This sauce is a good accompaniment with snacks…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… the planning keeps happening for me too… Thank you so much Amrita…

  6. Hey Rafee, you are always a source of inspiration to bloggers like us, who post once in a blue moon day. Sometimes the blog is totally neglected and sometimes back in full swing. Have had this sauce from restaurants, now can try at home too, with the Bedouin rice you have linked

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Priya and Tessa…

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired as of late too- maybe Spring will pep us up? πŸ˜‰
    I am going to have to try this recipe – I think my Kashmiri clan will love it!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… sometimes even spring doesn’t pep up! πŸ˜‰ Thanks a lot Bibi…

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