Fried ravioli with homemade tomato sauce

You type in tomato sauce and you will come across a thousand different recipes in the internet. I myself have at least 6-7 variations of tomato sauce and don’t know which one shall I name as the classic one. There is a version with garlic, without garlic. With onions, without onions. With Italian seasoning and then also my favourite version being roasted together with some red peppers. All of these are coming soon on the blog, while I try to take perfect pictures of them.

This tomato sauce is basically eat-with-everything sauce which serves as the perfect pasta sauce when tossed with some spaghetti or spread over a slice of bread and then grilled with mozzarella and veggies of your choice or in this case as the dipping sauce for some fried ravioli. This tomato sauce is made of cherry tomatoes, butter, garlic and balsamic vinegar. This was the first time I used balsamic vinegar in a recipe that is not a salad and I was surprised with the change of flavour. It tasted so so goooood!


Coming to the fried raviolis, I have never had toasted or fried ravioli in my life but recently while watching the movie: The Vow, I got so fascinated when the lead character: Paige mentioned that the last thing she remembers before everything goes blank is ordering toasted ravioli at a restaurant. Now this might sound super weird, but trust me when I say this: a real foodie can have weirdest of craving even while watching movies or scenes that involve food. Yes, that is how crazy I am about food. I have also read so much about this dish being served at Olive Garden and other famous Italian restaurants.

Anyway, coming back to the recipe, I was more than happy I could try this with a pack of frozen ravioli I discovered I have in my freezer since over a month now! I used the one with mushrooms as the stuffing. You can pick any filling of your choice. The raviolis are imported and are available at sugar n spice stores (Le Marche) in Defence Colony or Foodhall stores in Delhi. The method of frying usually required the first dip in eggs but I chose curd before dipping them in bread crumbs.


Here is the detailed recipe:

Fried ravioli with homemade tomato sauce
Crispy fried ravioli with the ultimate tomato garlic sauce
For fried raviolis:
  • 100 grams frozen raviolis (I used mushroom filling)
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • bread crumbs of 2 bread slices (roughly 60 grams)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (grated)
  • oil for deep frying

For the tomato sauce:

  • 250 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 2 spoons balsamic vinegar
1. Thaw the raviolis until they become soft. If they are too thick, you might also want to boil them.
2. In a pan, add all the tomatoes (without any oil or butter) and let them roast on medium-high flame until they start having black spots. Do this for about 5-6 minutes tossing them constantly and add half of the butter to it. Turn off the flame and add the garlic.
3. Let this cook without any flame until it sizzles and the garlic is cooked. Now turn on the flame and add the rest of the butter and tomato puree to it.
4. Let this cook and smash the tomatoes to make a paste like consistency. Smash them completely and add balsamic vinegar and let everything cook on low flame for about 5-8 minutes or until the sauce is completely cooked and ready. 
5. For the raviolis: Heat the oil and make separate bowls for curd and bread crumbs.
6. Dip the raviolis in curd and then cover them completely with bread crumbs and deep fry until golden brown. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and serve them with tomato sauce.

Prep time: 10Cook time: 20

Total time: Yield: 14-18 pieces of ravioli


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