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Thakkali thokku recipe, Tomato Thokku

by Jeyashri suresh
Thakkali thokku recipe
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.

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  10
     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

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.
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  • In a kadai, add oil and throw in the mustard seeds, feneugreek seeds(venthayam) ,curry leaves(i didn’t have stock ,so didn’t use)and asafoetida powder.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the tomato puree to it and add the chilli powder, sambar powder, salt and jaggery to it.
  • Mix well.
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  • Keep the flame in low for 15- 20 mins, stirring in between.
  • 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.

tomato- thokku


  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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Padhu September 28, 2010 - 2:08 pm

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

Pavithra September 28, 2010 - 2:09 pm

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


Dr.Sameena Prathap
September 28, 2010 - 2:21 pm

Hi akka,

Nalla thokku...Lovely clicks...



RAKS KITCHEN September 28, 2010 - 2:36 pm

I loved your version,lovely clicks jeyashri!

Satya September 28, 2010 - 2:57 pm

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


Shabitha Karthikeyan September 28, 2010 - 3:32 pm

Truly makes me drool. Very well done Jeyasri !!

aipi September 28, 2010 - 4:05 pm

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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Sharmilee! :) September 28, 2010 - 4:30 pm

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

Pari September 28, 2010 - 4:32 pm

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

Panchpakwan September 28, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Looks so tangy and colofull..

kothiyavunu.com September 28, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Yummy thokku..am drooling cing the picture

Saraswathi Iyer September 29, 2010 - 2:37 am

Temptng mine version is slightly different. will post soon.

PALATABLE September 29, 2010 - 5:09 am

Different version of tomato thokku, sounds delicious dear..


Pavithra Srihari September 29, 2010 - 6:22 am

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

Priya September 29, 2010 - 6:56 am

Fingerlicking tomato pickle..

Anu September 29, 2010 - 8:34 am

It looks perfect and delicious..

Sandhya Hariharan September 30, 2010 - 8:29 am

Yummy.. and well clicked too
One more tomato thokku.. recipe in blogosphere... 🙂

Sadhana October 2, 2010 - 1:52 pm

Wow! That looks yum!

momsnetwork February 24, 2011 - 11:46 am

I simple love tomato thokku, and this is such a mouth watering presentation.
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RENU March 19, 2012 - 5:20 am

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 well....it has a sour taste...plz advice.thanks

admin March 19, 2012 - 11:28 am

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

RENU April 29, 2012 - 7:43 am

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

Sangeetha Menon February 8, 2013 - 8:21 am


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..


Sangeetha Menon

admin February 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

Thank u so much Sangeetha

Dhivya Iyer August 29, 2013 - 11:57 am

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

Dhivya Iyer August 29, 2013 - 11:59 am

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

Anonymous February 20, 2014 - 2:09 pm

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

Saloni September 11, 2015 - 5:30 pm

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...

Kanisha March 4, 2016 - 3:24 am

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

Priya Venkat October 10, 2016 - 2:27 pm

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 ??

Priya Venkat October 10, 2016 - 2:27 pm

Hi da,
By mistake I added so much chilli powder 🙁
Can U please help me how to correct the dish now ?

jeyashri suresh October 11, 2016 - 4:11 am

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.

Unknown November 10, 2017 - 4:21 pm

Madam.. I tried this today...it 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.....

Eswari Annamalai May 22, 2018 - 8:47 am

Looks yummy I will try this thank you for the receipe


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