Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)

Whenever there is a tomato season when tomatoes are available in abundant and cheap in the market, the first thing which comes to my mind is to make a Tomato Thokku. It is so easy to make and can be used as a spread, as a side dish and as a pickle. I love this with curd rice (moor sadham). It also goes very well with Idly/Dosa as a chutney. If cooked properly then we can use it for atleast 10 days.

This is a travel friendly dish too. Whenever I go for travel I make chapati and tomato thokku and I feel at home with homemade tomato thokku. Tomato Thokku goes well with Dosa, Chapati, Curd Rice and also with just simple plain rice. We can store this tomato thokku in an air-tight container and refrigerate it and also whenever we plan to do tomato rice, we just season and saute the onions and then add this yummy tomato thokku and prepare instant tomato rice. 

Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)
Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)
Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Yield500 gms

Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)
Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)

Tomatoes1 Kg
Tamarind *1 gooseberry size
Red Chilli Powder**1 tablespoon
Turmeric Powder1 teaspoon
Grated Jaggery1 tablespoon
Fenugreek Powder***1/2 teaspoon
SaltTo Taste

*If the tomatoes are ripe and tangy, we can ignore tamarind. On the other hand if the tomatoes are not tangy, adjust the tamarind to get the tangy taste
**  Sambar Powder will also give a nice flavour. We can reduce red chilli powder and add sambar powder also 
*** If you don't have a Fenugreek Powder readily available, then you can dry fry a tablespoon of Fenugreek and powder them using the Mixer.

For Seasoning:
Gingelly Oil1 tablespoon
Mustard Seeds1 tablespoon
Curry Leavesfew

Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)
Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)


  1. Wash and pat dry the tomatoes and chop it to roughly small pieces. I used to make tomato thokku with the skin. When cooked the tomato skins will be visible. If you prefer to have a very nice paste of tomato thokku, then we should remove the tomato skin. To remove the tomato skin, add tomatoes to boiling water and cover it with a lid and then after 5 minutes, take out the tomatoes and peel the skin. In this recipe below, i cooked the tomato with skin.

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When the mustards seeds starts to sputter, add curry leaves and saute it in low flame for half a minute.

  3. Add chopped tomatoes to the pan along with turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder and keep in medium flame to cook the tomatoes.

  4. While the tomatoes start to cook, we get lots of juice from tomatoes and we need to keep the flame in medium and allow the full juice to get evaporated and the tomatoes to be cooked completely and becomes mushy like thokku. Add thick extract of tamarind and stir the mixture occasionally so that the thokku doesn't get stuck to the bottom of the pan and also to make sure it is not burnt. Cook the thokku till the oil starts oozing out from the mixture and there is absolutely no juice. Usually it takes about 30 minutes for the complete tomato water to evaporate. 
  5. Finally add grated jaggery and fenugreek powder(Dry roast the fenugreek seeds and grind it to a nice powder in a mixer)  and let the thokku cook for another couple of more minutes and remove from flame. 

  6. Cool the thokku and add it to the air-tight container and store it in refrigerator and enjoy the thokku. Tomato Thokku goes well with Dosa, Chapati, Curd Rice and also even with hot steaming rice.
  7. Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)
    Tomato Thokku (Thakkali Thokku)

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Hi Mami,

How long can the tomato pickles be preserved with refrigeration?


Hi Latika, You can use only upto 6-7 days.

Hi Mami,

How do we get the tomato pickles in the market round the year? Do they use any preservatives?

How to make a pickle that will stay longer like a few months?


Hi Latika, I use the fresh tomato and make smaller quantities and try to consume them within a week.
Tomato is available in all seasons in india. I don't use preservatives for the pickle.

But Mango & Lemon pickles last for more days. You can check the Pickles section in the site for those recipes.

When do we need to add the fenugreek powder and jaggery? I do not find them in steps


When do we add fenugreek powder and jaggery ?

Hi mami
Where do we add the fenugreek powder to the thokku?


Hi Vg, It should be added in the very last step.. I have updated the Recipe. Thanks for letting me know the miss.

Hi Indira, It should be added in the very last step.. I have updated the Recipe. Thanks for letting me know the miss.

Hi Chitkala, It should be added in the very last step.. I have updated the Recipe. Thanks for letting me know the miss.

Hello mami,
I made tomato thokku yesterday. It was a super duper hit. Thanks a lot mami for the wonderful recipe.

methi should be fried??

ThanQ.....that was very tasty....... :)

What is the measurement for the turmeric powder? It states "1", 1 what, please, teaspoon, tablespoon? Thanks for your awesome recipes.

Hi,thanks for letting me know. I have corrected the ingredients table :-).

Hello maami, Can you pls post recipe for pachai milagu oorugai? Thanks. :-)

Hello maami, can you pls post recipefo pachai milagu oorugai? thanks.

Simple n suer thokku

I am so hungry this time, so I am going to cook this recipe for myself. Thanks dear for sharing it.

Can we add garlic along vth tomato



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