Tomato Thokku / Thakkali Thokku

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.

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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


  1. In a Frying Pan, add tsp. of oil followed by chopped onion, minced garlic and red chilies.
  2. Once the onion is cooked, turn off the heat and let it cool completely.
  3. Then add the mixture into the blender and grind until fine and smooth; transfer the mixture into the mixing bowl.
  4. Open the tomato paste can and add that into the ground item; add required salt and mix well.
  5. Then in the frying pan add ¼ cup sesame oil followed by mustard seeds, white lentils and asafetida.
  6. Once the mustard seeds start to pop; add the curry leaves and fry them well.
  7. Then pour the ground item into the frying pan and mix well, so that the oil will mix completely.
  8. Reduce the heat and cook until it turns into nice pickle paste stage.
  9. Cooking time will take about 30-40 minutes.
  10. Once done turn off the heat and let it cool completely before transfer into the glass container.
  11. 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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2 comments on “Tomato Thokku / Thakkali Thokku
  1. Ramya says:

    Hello.. ur Receips are good.. Tried few of them came out really well.. Can u plz tell me how many number of red chillies should b added.. 1 cup – ? Number of red chilies..

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