Friday, March 23, 2012

Tomato Chutney / Thakkali Thokku

For the past few weeks, I am getting fresh roma tomatoes in my veggie market. Tomatoes are so fresh n juicy. The bright red tomatoes are perfect for this tomato thokku, which is a universal side dish for most of the Indian foods! :)
Tomatoes - 8
Onion(big)- 1 [roughly more than 1/2cup of chopped onion]
Green chilly-1
Mustard seeds-1teaspoon
Cumin seeds -1teaspoon
Chilli powder-2teaspoons(adjust according to your taste)
Turmeric powder-1/4teaspoon
Oil- 2-3 tablespoons
Few curry leaves and Cilantro

Chop the onions,tomatoes, green chilly into fine pieces.
Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds..once they crackle,add cumin seeds and let them crackle.
Now add the onion-green chilly- curry leaves, fry till the onions become transparent.

Add in the chopped tomato pieces, turmeric powder & salt.[Don't add water, let it cook with the juice from the tomatoes.]

Cook till the tomatoes become mushy..add the chilli powder and reduce the heat to medium low..

Cook the mixture by sprinkling few teaspoons of oil and stirring in between for 15-20 minutes or till the oil oozes out.

Finally add the sugar and chopped cilantro and put off the flame. Let it cool completely and transfer it into a dry glass container.

This tomato thokku keeps well for 2-3 days in room temperature. You can store it in refrigerator for up to one or two weeks. Always use dry spoons to take the thokku.

You can have it with pretty much all kinds of Indian main course food! In short, its a side dish for all the items under my "Tiffin" label! :)

For example, it can be enjoyed as a side dish for Idli/dosa/Pongal/Upma/Rava Kichadi/Dhokla/Vegetable Idiyappam..what not?!.. :)

Also, it can be mixed with plain rice and instant Tomato rice is ready! You can have it with roti's and parathas..or enjoy it as a pickle with curd rice.

Just one reminder, adjust the chilli powder according to your taste buds! :P


  1. All purpose thakkali thokku looks really great.

  2. The thokku looks very tempting, especially in the picture where it is served with vegetable noodles. Just looking at that pic made my mouth water immediately. :p

  3. நாவூறுது, முடியல. படம் எல்லாம் மனசைக் கவருது.
    செடில காய் பழுக்கப் பழுக்க யாராச்சும் புடுங்கிருறாங்க. வாங்கியாச்சும் பண்ணிருறேன்.

  4. Lovely yummy thokku.
    //it can be enjoyed as a side dish for Idli/dosa/pongal/Upma/Rava Kichadi/Dhokla/Vegetable Idiyappam..what not?!.. //

    what about chappathi? if there is no time to make any side dish this is the accompaniment for chappathi at my place.

  5. /what about chappathi?/ I had written in the next para Girija!**You can have it with roti's and parathas..or enjoy it as ...** You haven't seen it,it looks like? ;) அவசரப்படாமப் படிச்சு கமென்ட்டுங்க கிரி! ஹிஹி!

    Initially I made this for chapathi only..suddenly thought there is no recipe of thokku in english blog,hence made it again!:)

    Thanks for the comment!
    Punitha ji,this is your favourite veggie,right? Do try it n let me know!Thanks!
    Thanks for the comment Rathai!

    //served with vegetable noodles.// noodles?? are u kidding?? :) this is idiyappam, a famous food from your region! ;)

    Thanks for the comment!
    Asiya akka,thanks for the comment!

  6. OK, I had a doubt in my mind whether it is noodles, since you had not written noodles anywhere in the text but it looks like noodles with all the veggies. :D It looks delicious either way! :p

  7. mmm...i love this yummy thokku...

  8. my fav..i usually prps r just cool.

  9. grrr grr grr.
    I must try this. m. I will soon.


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