Friday, March 24, 2017

Tomato Thokku | Thakkali Thokku | Tomato Preserves

Thakkali Thokku, a delicious,spicy and tangy condiment made from the tomatoes. It stays well for days at room temperature or even weeks in the refrigerator. It's one of our family favorites and we love to have it with idly, dosa,chapathi and with curd rice. Since it stays well at room temperature , i would prefer this to pack this tomato thokku along with chapati/idli on our first day of any trip. The day before the trip itself, I used to prepare this and keep it in the refrigerator, so it comes handy on the early morning trip packing. 
When we were in Hosur, i had prepared this tomato thokku a lot in tomato season. In Hosur farmer's market, when tomatoes were in season, the price would be so cheap,i remember that it was Rs 5 per kg or sometimes 3 kg for 10 Rs. At that time, i would make this thokku atleast once in a week and we had it along with all three meals in a day. 
Now,let's see how to make this delicious thokku. For this recipe, i shot a little video for demonstration. Have a look and share your thoughts.

Tomato Thokku | Thakkali Thokku

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes : 1 cup 
Recipe Category: Preserves | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Thakkali Thokku, Tomato Thokku, Thokku, Thakkali Urugai, Tomato Pickle Thakkali Thokku, a delicious,spicy and tangy condiment made from the tomatoes. It stays well for days at room temperature or even weeks in the refrigerator.
Tomato - 4 
Garlic - 6
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Jaggery - 1 tsp
Fenugreek powder - 1/4 tsp

Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and then peel the garlic.Cut the garlic into small pieces, put the tomatoes into the mixie jar and grind into smooth paste.Heat a kadai with oil, add the mustard, let it splutter and then add the garlic.Add few curry leaves and saute it in oil for one min, then add the tomato puree.Now add the spices(turmeric & chili powder) and salt.Give a good mix and then let it boil, once it comes to vigorous boil, keep in medium flame and cover the pan with lid and cook till it becomes thick.Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom.Finally add the jaggery and fenugreek powder and cook till the oil oozes out from it. Switch off flame.Let it cool completely and store in air tight container.Tasty Tomato thokku is ready to serve.
  • If you have small  garlic pods, then no need to cut,use as it is.
  • It stays well for 2 weeks at refrigerator.
  • Once it comes to boil, cover the pan with lid, it helps to avoid spluttering.
  • If you're plan to preserve for more than a month, then use little extra oil.
  • Jaggery helps to balance the sourness and spiceness, so don't skip it.
  • Fenugreek seed is roasted and powdered in motor & pestle to make fenugreek powder

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  1. Tomato Thokku looks inviting.. very colorful and yummy.

  2. Slurp slurp, i can have this thokku with anything, my mouth is just watering here.

  3. what a great chutney - perfect with anything!

  4. I love this with neer dosas... just amazing!

  5. Such an amazing thooku you have there! how bright and inviting it looks. I had this to share too, but somehow missed out as I was thinking only of liquid preserves..

  6. Love the vibrant color of that tomato thokku. It looks spicy and delicious.

  7. I too have bought tomatoes in large scale from hosur farmer's market and made this thakkali thokku in huge quantities. Your post brought back refreshing memories. I should make this thokku again this summer when the tomato prices go down.

  8. video and step by step pics wow amazing.. love all your clicks