Tomato Thokku / Thakkali Thokku:
Tomato Thokku is the simplest and tastiest accompaniment with longer shelf life. Thakkali Thokku is a kind of Tomato Pickle, it differs from chutney where tomatoes are sautéed till cooked and then made to a paste. For a Thokku, the tomatoes must cooked until all the water drained out, which is time consuming. So I decided to use tomato paste instead of fresh tomatoes. Thakkali Thokku is the tasty side dish for idli, dosa, chapathi and even for rice. It can also be used as a spread for sandwich too. I am very happy to share this recipe.
5 Medium size Red Onion Chopped Roughly
2 6 Oz Tomato Paste Can (Go for Organic Tomato Paste)
1 Cup Dry Red Chilies (or to taste)
10 Fresh Garlic Cloves / 4 tbs. Of Readymade Minced Garlic
¼ Cup Sesame Oil
2 tsp. Mustard Seeds
1 tsp. White Lentils (Skinless Black Gram) / Urad Dal / Ulutham Paruppu
1 tsp. Asafetida
12 Curry Leaves Finely Chopped
- In a Frying Pan, add tsp. of oil followed by chopped onion, minced garlic and red chilies.
- Once the onion is cooked, turn off the heat and let it cool completely.
- Then add the mixture into the blender and grind until fine and smooth; transfer the mixture into the mixing bowl.
- Open the tomato paste can and add that into the ground item; add required salt and mix well.
- Then in the frying pan add ¼ cup sesame oil followed by mustard seeds, white lentils and asafetida.
- Once the mustard seeds start to pop; add the curry leaves and fry them well.
- Then pour the ground item into the frying pan and mix well, so that the oil will mix completely.
- Reduce the heat and cook until it turns into nice pickle paste stage.
- Cooking time will take about 30-40 minutes.
- Once done turn off the heat and let it cool completely before transfer into the glass container.
- Tasty Tomato Thokku is ready to serve..! Enjoy..!
Be careful while cooking the ground items; it may burn your hand..! So always use lid to cover for safety..!
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