Tomato Thokku | How to make Tomato Thokku

By Vins Raj  |  17th May 2016  |  
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About Tomato Thokku Recipe

An old aged recipe passed down by my grandma. A must taste recipe when you have abundance of tomatoes streaming in the market at low cost.

Tomato Thokku

Ingredients to make Tomato Thokku

  • 1Kg tomatoes
  • 5 ½ tspRed chilli Powder The quantity of chilli powder differs depending on what type of chilli variety you use. I have used the powder pounded from long chilli variety where piquant is on the lower side.
  • 3tsp mustard Powder
  • 1 tsp fenugreek powder
  • ½ tsp Tumeric Powder
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • For Tempering : 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp Urad dhal, Curry leaves, 1/2 tsp Asafoetida

How to make Tomato Thokku

  1. 1. Wash the tomatoes and wipe the moisture with kitchen towel. Ensure no water droplets are left on the tomatoes. 2. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces.
  2. 3. In a heavy bottom kadai add the tomatoes, along with salt, turmeric powder, Chilli powder and close the kadai with a lid The fluids from the tomatoes oozes out and the tomatoes gets cooked to form a gravy consistency.
  3. Stir the mixture from burning as the heat is in a high mode. The reduction takes around 30 mins.
  4. 4. When the water evaporates, add mustard powder and fenugreek powder to the mixture and allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes on a medium flame. At this stage add 2 tbsp of oil.
  5. Keep stirring, when the mixture is turned around with a spatula it doesn’t stick to the kadai, more or less a halva consistency. At this stage remove from the heat.
  6. 5. Now the tempering part, heat the remaining oil, add mustard seeds, when they splutter add urad dhal, asafoetida and curry leaves. Let it cool down to room temperature and later add to the tomato thokku.
  7. 6. Store in a glass jar. Make sure a layer of oil floats above to the thokku if you store in the room temperature.

My Tip:

Choose the full ripe tomaotes, which are red in colour for this recipe. They taste the better when compared to half ripes. Tomato thokku can be stored in a airtight container for a week and refrigerated for a month.

Reviews for Tomato Thokku (1)

Hemakshi Makhija2 years ago

Very nice recipe! I love the fact that it can be stored for 1 week or a month.