Sunday 5 May 2013

Thakkali Thokku Recipe/Tomato Thokku Recipe[Side dish for Idlis & Dosas-Multipurpose thokku]/Tomato Thokku

Tomato thokku is a very simple and delicious South Indian delight which can prepared,stored and saved for later. It comes in very handy when we don’t have time to cook. It is a perfect side dish for idli’s, dosa and rotis. You can even mix it in white rice and pack it for lunch. This is my mom's special thakkali thokku...  Check out other delectable chutneys here.

Here’s how to make tomato thokku with step by step photos…

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500 gm
Red chilli powder
1 ½  - 2 tsp
Coriander powder
1 tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Cumin powder
1 tsp
1 small gooseberry size ball
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Urad dal/Ulundhu
1 tsp
Curry leaves
Vendhayam/fenugreek seeds
1 tsp or ½ tsp fenugreek powder
Gingelly oil
3-4 tbsp
As needed
Jaggery powder
1 tbsp
Author: Priya Anandakumar

I used 1 kg of tomatoes which yields about 450 gm of tomato thokku, I have reduced the measurements here for convenience.


Wash the tomatoes and cut them and grind it in the mixer along with the tamarind. Transfer it to a bowl and keep it aside.

In a kadai heat one tsp of oil, add the fenugreek seeds and roast it until it turns color. After it cools make it in to a powder and keep it aside.

In the same kadai heat the oil, add mustard seeds after it splutters add the urad dal, curry leaves and sauté until the dal turns golden brown color.

Add the ground tomato paste and let it boil, do not add water. After it comes to boil add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, salt and stir it really well.

Now let it cook in low flame, cook covered and stir in between. Add the jaggery powder and fenugreek powder and stir it really well.

After some time it will attain a thick consistency, add one tsp of gingelly oil and switch off the stove.

After it cools, transfer it to a clean airtight container and it can be stored up to 15 to 20 days in the refrigerator.


  • I use only gingelly oil for the thokku, which gives a wonderful and delightful taste. And also you get all the health benefits of gingelly oil.
  • Always use only clean spoon to get the thooku, if wet spoon is used the tomato thokku will get spoilt.
  • You can very well adjust the amount of red chilli powder according to your taste.

Yummy and delicious tomato thokku is ready, it can be served with idli’s, dosa, chapatti’s or even with white rice. Spread the thokku on a bread for a simple and delightful sandwich.

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  1. this looks so tangy n delish Priya...

  2. Delicious thokku! :)

  3. Would love to have as a condiment with my daily rice. Flavorful and that is so inviting.

  4. Mouth watering clicks dear :)

  5. my favorite priya! urs looks so good.

  6. A perfect drooling all time fav. thokku, love it.

  7. Delicious thokku.. A preferred recipe for long trips..

  8. தக்காளி தொக்கைப் படத்தில் பார்த்தாலோ, மனதில் நினைத்தாலோ நாக்கில் நீர் சுரக்கிறது. சூப்பர் டேஸ்ட் ஐட்டம். பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி.

  9. Thank you all for the wonderful and beautiful comments...

  10. Recipe is just fabulous... Thanks for linking Priya.

  11. wonderful thokku...i love this with plain rice....

  12. lip smacking and tongue tickling.. am so drooling here!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
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  13. Dear, in case u have learnt that from ur mom, pls mention that in ur post and then send it. will accept it gladly:-)

  14. Definitely this tastes awesome..mouthwatering

  15. super mam just gr8 i m doing its gr8

  16. super dish just now i m trying its gr8 for look and also taste is also good easy to prepare also thank u mam

    1. Thank you so much Mr. PremKumar for trying the thokku and letting me know, I am happy that it turned out gr8 for you. Please keep coming back for more lovely and delicious recipes


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