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tomato thokku, thakkali thokku
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Tomato thokku/ thakkali thokku recipe

Tomato thokku is one of the delicious pickle that we can make at home.  Learn how to make thakkali thokku, tomato thokku with stepwise pictures, full video.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 1 cup


  • Tomatoes - 5
  • Red chilli powder - 2 teaspoon
  • Sambar powder - 2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt - As needed
  • Jaggery - ½ teaspoon

To Roast and powder

  • fenugreek seeds/vendhayam - 1 teaspoon

To temper

  • Sesame oil - 3 tablespoon
  • Mustard - ¾ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Asafoetida - ¼ teaspoon


  • Roast fenugreek seeds in a few drops of oil till golden brown.
  • Cool down and powder it.
  • Wash the tomatoes and chop them finely.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan with oil and temper with mustard,add curry leaves and asafoetida and fry without burning.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and add all the powders and salt. Mix well and reduce the flame to medium low.
  • Cook for 5-8 minutes , stirring in between to avoid burning.
  • Add the jaggery and powdered fenugreek seeds powder and mix well.
  • Add 2 teaspoon sesame oil if needed at this stage.
  • After few minutes(1-2 minutes),at a stage,oil starts oozing out.
  • Switch off the stove and cool down.



I roasted fenugreek seeds in bulk and powdered in mixer. I have stored the rest of the powder in a airtight container for future use. can be added to pickles or tamarind rice or Vatral kuzhambu/puli kuzhambu..etc.. If you don’t need,then you can just roast the needed and powder it using a mortar pestle,it gets powdered easily. My  mom in law fries red chillies and powders along with this fenugreek seeds and adds this powder at the end stage. Use always clean,dry spoon.