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May 7, 2017

Easy Tomato Onion Thokku Recipe In A Pressure Cooker–Pressure Cooker Recipes Indian

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Easy tomato onion thokku

Easy tomato onion thokku recipe using pressure cooker - Recipe with step by step pictures and Video.
Last week I prepared this easy tomato onion thokku recipe (Thakkali Vengayam thokku in Tamil) as a side dish for Instant poha idli.As the poha idli tasted bland without sourness, this thokku was ideal for it. Some of you would have noticed this thokku in that plate I think. 

Usually I prepare my mom’s style tomato thokku in a kadai. But recently I tried making it directly in our Indian pressure cooker. I feel this easy and quick one pot method is time saving when compared to the thokku cooked in a kadai. Yes, by the time you steam the idli, this would be ready. So this method will help bachelors, working women and housewives to make a quick side dish for idli, dosa and chapati/roti during busy morning hours. 

Nowadays Raksha likes to have it with idli. So I pack idli and this thakkali thokku for her lunch box at least twice in a week. I hope your kids will love it too. Do try this easy tomato onion thokku in pressure cooker for a change and tell me how it helped you. Lets see how to make tomato onion thokku with step by step pictures and video !

Check out my another version of tomato onion thokku recipe – Chef Venkatesh Bhat’s recipe if you like!

 Also check out my no onion no garlic tomato thokku too.

Easy tomato onion thokku

Easy tomato onion thokku recipe using pressure cooker

Easy tomato onion thokku recipe using pressure cooker How to make tomato onion thokku easily in a pressure cooker
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish for idli dosa roti
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


  • Ripe Tomato – 4 nos
  • Big onion – 2 nos
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetiida – 1 pinch ( optional)
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - To garnish
  • Salt & water - as needed
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal. Add curry leaves and chopped onion. Saute till onion turns transparent.
    tomato onion thokku
  • Add the chopped tomato and saute for a minute. Add turmeric powder, salt and sugar. Saute till tomato turns mushy.
    tomato onion thokku
  • Now add the red chill powder and saute till its raw smell goes off. Mix for a minute. Add 1/4 cup of water at the end. Do not add more water, moisture in the tomato & little water is sufficient to make thick thokku. Mix well and cover the cooker with a lid.
    tomato onion thokku
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles in high flame. Remove the lid after the steam is released.Mix well and check if there is excess water and thokku is watery . If so, boil for a minute in high flame.
  • Remove the thokku in a bowl.Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with idli,dosa drizzling a tsp of sesame oil. Tastes yum !
    tomato onion thokku
  • Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder as per taste. Use 1/2 tsp for less spicy taste.
  • Garnishing with coriander leaves make it more flavorful.
  • If you like thokku to be watery and thin, add more water.
  • Use fully ripen tomato for best taste.
  • You can make the same thokku in kadai as well. But you should cook the onion in water before adding tomato and spice powders so that onion tastes soft.

Try this easy tomato thokku in a pressure cooker and have a quick side dish for idli, dosa !
Vengayam thakkali thokku

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