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February 7, 2014


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Tomato thokku is my favourite side dish for idli,dosa.Usually my mom makes thokku with onions.My MIL makes it like tomato pickle adding roasted methi seeds powder.I’ll soon post that version here.But this recipe is very simple.Last month, my sister was telling about her sis-in-law’s tomato thokku recipe.She told it tastes very good and it can be used as tomato rice paste,side dish for idli,dosa and chapati.It is ideal for travel too.I wanted to try it badly.Immediately i called her SIL Mrs.Thangam and tried it.Yes,as she said it tasted great with everything.I had as an accompaniment for curd rice too.This is a very simple recipe with three major ingredients.I am very thankful to her for teaching me this yummy recipeSmile.To make it easier,u can also grind the tomatoes and proceed as mentioned..

Easy tomato thokku

Easy tomato thokku Easy tomato thokku recipe - Yummy side dish for idli,dosa and chapati.Tastes great when mixed with rice too !!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 1/2 cup
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

To saute
  • Gingely oil - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Ripe tomatoes - 5 nos(medium)
  • Red chilli powder – 2-3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt& water - as needed

  • Wash and chop tomatoes.
  • In a kadai,heat 1 tbsp of gingely oil.Splutter mustard seeds.Add tomatoes and salt.Saute till all the water content evaporates.
  • When it becomes thick,add red chilli powder,turmeric powder.Add 2 tbsp of oil again.Saute for few minutes till raw smell leaves it.Check for taste.No problem if spicy taste is more because,it gets balanced the next day.
  • Stir now and then so that it won’t get burnt.
  • Add little water(say 3 tbsp) and allow it to boil for few minutes.After all the moisture is absorbed,it starts to ooze out oil in the sides.After it becomes a shining thick paste,remove.The total process takes 15-20 mins in medium low flame.
  • Let it cool and then store in an air tight container.Use a clean spoon every time.It stays good for one month too.
  • Nalla ennai/Gingely oil is mandatory for this recipe.Please do not replace it.
  • The method i have shared here is the original recipe given by my relative.For variations,u can replace red chilli powder by sambar powder+red chilli powder combination.Also u can add a pinch of jaggery.
  • This recipe gives u mildly spiced thokku.U can add 2 tsp more for super spicy thokku.
  • Stays good for one month when refrigerated.Use a dry,clean spoon always.

Serve with idli,dosa,chapathi,curd rice ! Stays good for a month!

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  1. all time favorite :D I grind the tomato and rest of the procedure are same.

  2. Delicious and colorful thokku dear :)

  3. I too grind and make,add some chopped garlic too.This version sounds inviting,finger licking thokku..

  4. I love thokku, but sad part is that my hus is not a great fan.. Ur clicks r awesoem dear

  5. Like the way you prepared it without onion and garlic.

  6. such an mouthwatering thokku :) without onions sound interesting :)

  7. Replies
    1. Thanks a lot for trying and the link.U made my day !

  8. Awesome recipes. Gonna try everything. Keep going. All the best.

  9. Wow, thanks for sharing. Gonna try it now :)

  10. I made it today ... Its comes out very well ... Finger licking ... Thnks fr ur receipe


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