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thakkali thokku recipe

tomato thokku tecipe – a south indian style tomato pickle.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: side dish
Cuisine: south indian
Servings: 3
Author: dassana


  • 3 medium to large ripe red tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind, seeds removed. (you could use tamarind paste)
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 red chili (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta), chopped or whole
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 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 flame for 5 minutes or till the mixture thickens. 
  • 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.