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November 18, 2014


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Is there anyone in your house says NO to this simple yet yummy onion tomato thokku recipe when you make it as a side dish for idli, dosa and chapathi ? No One, right ?? But in my house, both dad & daughter says BIG NOOOOOO whenever I make this as side dish. 

Basically Iam a great fan of tomato recipes especially tomato thokku. I can have more than 10 idlis when my mom makes this as a side dish.After marriage,i have tried it many times following my mom’s recipe using Bangalore tomatoes. Sendhil & Raksha used to have it by showing odd faces. So I completely stopped preparing it for years.

Recently I watched Vijay tv’s samayal samayal with Chef Venkatesh Bhat in which he showed Neer dosa with this chutney (he mentioned this recipe as onion tomato chutney) as side dish. At that time, my in-laws were here in my place & they had brought ripe naatu thakkali ( Tangy tomatoes ) from Salem, Tamilnadu. My MIL told me to try this thokku for breakfast as they love it very much like me. I too tried hopelessly thinking Sendhil & Raksha won’t like it. But to my surprise, they both loved it a lot and Sendhil said “ Its good & tasty” for nearly 4-5 times and had two more idlis too. 

I was wondering what made the difference between this version & my mom’s version. Is it the addition of garlic or the tangy Tamilnadu tomatoes,something has made the magic and this recipe was a super hit among my family. Thanks a lot Chef. I have done it thrice so far but only with naatu thakkali (In Bangalore they call it as “Naatti”). 

Friends do try this recipe using naatu thakkali if you have in hand, even thokku haters would love it for sure. For tomato lovers, Bangalore tomatoes would do !!

Check out my Easy tomato thokku recipe without onion & garlic if interested !

Onion tomato thokku recipe

Onion tomato thokku recipe

Onion tomato thokku recipe Onion tomato thokku recipe - A very tasty side dish for idli,dosa n chapathi !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dishes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Ripe tomatoes - 3 nos
  • Big onion - 2 nos
  • Garlic cloves - 6 nos
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 - 1.5 tsp
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Hing/Asafetida - a big pinch
  • Salt & water - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal -1 tsp
  • Red chillies - 2 nos ( pinch into 2 )
Coriander leaves – few ( finely chopped to garnish)


  • Wash and chop the tomatoes and onions very finely. Heat oil in a kadai and temper all the ingredients given under “ to temper” in the same order.
  • Add finely chopped garlic cloves and saute for few seconds. Then add finely chopped onions and saute till they turn transparent. Then add finely chopped tomatoes. Saute till tomato turns mushy adding the required salt
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, hing and sugar. Mix well for a minute. Then add 1/2 cup of water and let the mixture cook well for few minutes. Switch off the flame when the mixture is slightly wet with little water because it will become too dry when it cools down. So switch off  the flame at the right time. Remove and add chopped coriander leaves.
Enjoy with idli, dosa and chapathi !


  • Use ripe tomatoes for best results.
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder as per your spice level.
  • Adding a pinch of sugar helps to balance all the taste.

Enjoy my favourite onion tomato thokku with hot idlis, dosa & chapathi. It tastes awesome !

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Anonymous said...

lovely curry :)

Unknown said...

love this thokku....

great-secret-of-life said...

love this version .. With loads of onion and tomatoes

jaya's recipes said...

All time favourite

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

My all time favorite and so for my family i do every two days one . either for breakfast or dinner :D Thumbs up .

Unknown said...

I lov this a lot,yours is so colourful,nice clicks

Anusha said...

In my experience all tomato based TN dishes taste best when we use naatu thakali. The color is beautiful Chitra and yup, semma combo with idli dosa or some neer dosa

Rafeeda AR said...

that is a simply delicious curry for dosas... yum...

Unknown said...

my husband all time favourite...tempting thokku.. :)

Shobha Kamath said...

Simply yummy! Gr8 pics too!

Sona said...

Looks delicious, perfect with idli and dosa..

Lifewithspices said...

perfect one for rice as well as for breakfast dishes..

kamalaveni said...

Hello chithra nice dish please tell the onion and tomotto in grams

Chitra said...

Tomato is around 50 gms& onion around 40 gms.

Riddhi Parikh said...

Since we are adding tomatoes it may tastes sour at times after cooking it well. In that case what can be done

Chitra said...

Hi it happens if tomato is tangy. In that case, you can roast some red chilli powder in oil and add to thokku. Mix well and adjust salt. This will help to balance the taste.