Thokku time…Tomato thokku

Thokku is an interesting variety of recipe item. When you look for something more chutney like and not pickle like, then this item is for you.You can spice this up as per your taste buds. Prepare, store in some fresh bottle/container and refrigerate for weeks together. I love this thokku a lot that i keep preparing it again and again as soon as it gets over. It goes well with rice, dosa, idli, appam, chapati and what not.


Tomato – 2 lbs / two 15 oz can / 1 kg
Tamarind – 1 lime size
Chilli powder – 3 tbs (or as per your taste)
Garlic – 8 large cloves
Mustard seeds – 1 tbs + 2 tbs
Cumins seeds – 2 tbs
Fenugreek seeds – 1 tbs
Oil (Gingelly oil works well here)


1) Grind tomato to paste. Extract tamarind juice and slice garlic into thin pieces.

2) Heat 8-10 tbs of oil in a large non-stick pan. Add 1 tbs of mustard seeds and let them splutter.

3) Add the garlic slices and let them brown.

4) Next add tomato paste, chili powder, salt and tamarind extract.

5) Let the tomato paste thicken up, cook half covered till most of the water content is gone.

6) In another small pan dry roast fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Grind them to fine powder after cooling.

7) As the tomato starts to thicken, it will start bubbling and splashing out, so be careful and keep the lid half covered to let the steam escape.

8 ) Once it is thick to the consistency of jam, turn off the heat.

9) Let it cool completely and then add the ground powder to the thokku. Transfer it to a bottle and refrigerate.

Super yummy thokku ready!!

In this post i would like to share some of my amateur jewelry creations, a bangle and few pendants.