Thakkali thokku recipe, Tomato Thokku

Thakkali thokku recipe with full video and step by step pictures.
Thakkali thokku in tamil, Tomato Thokku recipe, made using fresh tomatoes, sambar powder and sesame oil as main ingredients, pairs well with idli, dosa, curd rice and  chapathi too. This tomato thokku is perfect for long travels. Pickle takes place rare in my kitchen as no one prefers it much. But this tomato thokku has become everyone's favorite. I learnt this recipe from my cousin, who makes it so often for her kids. This can be stored upto 2 weeks in the refrigerator.  For all pickle lovers, Check out out Mango thokku recipe, Instant lemon pickle recipe.

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Tomato thokku recipe
Tomato Thokku recipe

  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook time: 30 Minutes
  • Serves: 1 and 1/4 cup approx.
  • Author: Jeyashri
  • Recipe Category: Lunch | Dinner| Breakfast
  • Description: Thakkali thokku in tamil, Tomato Thokku recipe, made using fresh tomatoes, sambar powder and sesame oil as main ingredients, pairs well with idli, dosa, curd rice and chapathi too.

     Tomato  7-8 ripe tomatoes
     Sambar powder  4 tsp
     Red chili powder  1 tsp
     Jaggery  1/4 tsp
     Salt  as needed
     Sesame oil  4 tblsp
     Mustard seeds  1/2 tsp
     Asafoetida  1/4 tsp
    Fenugreek seeds | venthayam  1/4 tsp
    Curry leaves  few
    Oil  1 tblsp

                Video of how to make thakkali thokku

Method with step by step pictures :

  • Wash to the tomatoes and cut them into four pieces.
  • Put it in a mixie and make them into puree.
  • In a kadai, add oil and throw in the mustard seeds, feneugreek seeds(venthayam) ,curry leaves and asafoetida powder.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the tomato puree to it and add the chilli powder, sambar powder, salt to it.
  • Mix well.
  • Keep the flame in low for 15- 20 mins, stirring in between.
  • Cover and cook to avoid splutters.
  • Add jaggery.
  • When the gravy thickens and leaves oil on the sides, switch off the flame.
  • When it is cool, transfer it to an airtight bottle.
  • Add a tsp of sesame oil on the top of this.
  • Keep in the fridge and can use this for a month.
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  1. Instead of using chilli powder and sambar powder, you can use red chilli powder only.
  2. Whenever you take the Tomato Thokku from the container,use a dry spoon.

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  1. Looks so yummy and tempting.I love it with idly and dosa

  2. I love tomato thokku.. this looks too good and tempting. Pictures are so good jeyashri.

  3. Hi akka,

    Nalla thokku...Lovely clicks...


  4. I loved your version,lovely clicks jeyashri!

  5. ahaa drooling here ..tomato thokku looks very tempting..mmmm


  6. Truly makes me drool. Very well done Jeyasri !!

  7. I have heard a lot about this pickle..but never had or prepared it..your recipe sounds great n the pic is so tempting..bookmarking it ..thanks for sharing Jeyashri :)

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  8. This one looks so tasty...nice stepwise also...luved the first click very much

  9. Nice clicks, ur new camera is surely doing a great job.
    The thokku looks superb.

  10. Looks so tangy and colofull..

  11. Yummy drooling cing the picture

  12. Temptng mine version is slightly different. will post soon.

  13. Different version of tomato thokku, sounds delicious dear..

  14. tongue tickling recipe ....good preservative ... loved the clicks as always

  15. Fingerlicking tomato pickle..

  16. It looks perfect and delicious..

  17. Yummy.. and well clicked too
    One more tomato thokku.. recipe in blogosphere... :)

  18. I simple love tomato thokku, and this is such a mouth watering presentation.
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  19. hi jeyashree
    i like tomato thokku....always have it with curd rice....i have a doubt...can i ask?have u made lemon pickle?i tried 2-3 times...didnt come out has a sour taste...plz advice.thanks

    1. thanks renu, Even i was thinking abt posting lemon pickle recipe, Even i havent tried. will ask my mom about this doubt and get back to u

    i made tomato thokku,it goes well with curd rice.thanks for the recipe.

  21. Jeyashri,

    This thokku reminds me of my late valiyamma (periyamma) .She introduced us to Thokku and tomato thokku was her fav...Uhh..Reliving those memories and I just loved your blog.

    Keep posting such delicious n yummy recipes,Gud work..


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  22. Thokku came out exactly how it looks..tastes spicy spice... thanks for the recipe Jeyashri..

  23. Thokku came out exactly how it appears here.. tastes super spicy... THnaks for the recipe Jeyashri.. Pls share the recipe for lime pickle

  24. hi jeyasri..
    your dishes and the way you have posted, it is excellent.
    awesome.. really a great work.
    i am new to cooking.. and you have inspired me a lot
    keep doing

  25. Hi Jeyashri akka... Thank you so so much for this blog, I'm a north Indian but born and brought up in Coimbatore, married in Bangalore... I really miss our authentic Tamil Nadu food here, but with your recipes I'm sure I'll get TN to my home in Bangalore... Thank you once again akka...

  26. A Tam friend of mine recommended your site to get the right recipe, and boy was she right.
    Its been 4 yrs since I am using this recipe and I wanted to thank you for making our idli-dosa mornings tastier

  27. Hi da,

    By mistake I added lots of chilli powder in the dish:-( Can U please help me how to correct it to make it edible ??

  28. Hi da,
    By mistake I added so much chilli powder :-(
    Can U please help me how to correct the dish now ?

    1. Grind few more tomatoes and boil this nicely adding 1 tblsp of jaggery nad lastly mix this spicy thokku to this. It will be better.

  29. Madam.. I tried this came out well.. your blog is my kitchen manual Thank you so much..I'm a chemistry graduate.we used to follow measurements while doing practicals.. Now same thing is happening in my kitchen with good Aroma.....

  30. Looks yummy I will try this thank you for the receipe