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Thakkali thokku recipe With step by step photos. I remember having readymade mango thokku a couple of times before. Never had tomato thokku. So decided to prepare it.

tomato thokku recipe, thakkali thokku

Tomato thokku is a simple and easy recipe and I finished making it pretty soon. You can serve it a side condiment with any South Indian meal. It also tasted great with the dal khichdi, that I had made. You could have tomato thokku with idli, dosa or even just plain bread or plain boiled rice.

Generally thokkus are made in large quantities, but I have made this tomato thokku recipe to go for some 3 to 4 days. Increase the ratio of ingredients proportionately, if you want to last it for weeks or months.

Thakkali thokku can be stored in the refrigerator for nearly 2 to 3 weeks time. If you want to serve for a long time, just add some more oil in the recipe.

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Tomato Pickle | Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)

This South Indian style Tomato Pickle also known as Tomato Thokku is tangy, spiced, umami pickle made with fresh tomatoes, tamarind, spices and herbs. This quick recipe makes for a flavorful condiment to go with your South Indian meals.
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine South Indian
Course Side Dish
Servings 3


  • 3 medium to large ripe red tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind, seeds removed. (you could use tamarind paste)
  • ½ inch ginger , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 red chili
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves , chopped or whole
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder ( i used less amount, use more if you want the thokku to be spicy)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • salt as required


  • In a blender, puree the tomatoes with tamarind.
  • In a pan, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and urad dal. Fry till they sizzle and pop.
  • Now add chopped ginger and fry till the raw smell of the ginger disappears.
  • Add the curry leaves and red chili. Fry for a few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder, hing and red chili powder and mix very well. 
  • All the frying should be done on a low flame, so that the spices do not get burnt.
  • Add the tomato-tamarind paste and mix very well. 
  • Season with salt.
  • Simmer on a low heat for 8 to 10 minutes or till the mixture thickens and looks glossy. You will also see oil releasing at the sides.
  • Once cooled, store tomato thokku in a clean, dry, airtight jar.
  • Tomato thokku can be kept in the refrigerator and stored for 4 to 5 days.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Pickle | Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Sodium 787mg34%
Potassium 374mg11%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1348IU27%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 39mg195%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 105mg127%
Vitamin E 5mg33%
Vitamin K 13µg12%
Calcium 37mg4%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 415µg104%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 23mg6%
Phosphorus 46mg5%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How to make tomato thokku or thakkali thokku

1. Measure all the ingredients and keep everything ready.


2. In a blender, puree 3 chopped tomatoes with 1 teaspoon tamarind or ¼ teaspoon tamarind paste.


3. The tomato puree should be smooth. There is no need of adding water while grinding.

tomato thokku recipe

Making tomato thokku

4. In a pan, heat oil.

tomato thokku recipe

5. Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds, ½  teaspoon cumin seeds and 1 teaspoon urad dal.

tomato thokku recipe

6. Fry till they sizzle and pop.

tomato thokku recipe

7. Now add ½ inch chopped ginger.

tomato thokku recipe

8. Fry till the raw smell of the ginger disappears.

tomato thokku recipe

9. Add 10 to 12  curry leaves and 1 dry red chili.

tomato thokku recipe

10. Fry for few seconds.

tomato thokku recipe

11. Add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, a pinch of hing and ¼ teaspoon red chili powder.

tomato thokku recipe

12. Mix well. all the frying should be done on a low flame, so that the spices do not get burnt.

tomato thokku recipe

13. Then add the tomato-tamarind paste.

tomato thokku recipe

14. Stir the mixture very well.

tomato thokku recipe

15. Season with salt.

tomato thokku recipe

16. Simmer on a low flame for 5 minutes or till the mixture thickens. The tomatoes will get cooked and you will see oil releasing from the sides. Do stir at intervals.

tomato thokku recipe

17. Once cooled, Store thakkali thokku in a clean, dry, airtight jar. tomato thokku can be kept in the refrigerator and stored for 4-5 days. Serve tomato thokku with dosa or idli.

tomato thokku recipe

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