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Thakkali Thokku/Spicy Tomato Spread

Thakkali_Thokku_Spicy_Tomato_Spread_1Thakkali Thokku is a typical Indian pickle/chutney/spread. It goes well with rice, roti, idli, dosa, bread and so on. As a spread this suits to all Indian food as a side dish. I prepare this mostly when tomatoes are available at lesser price during the season. This can be preserved in refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks. Without refrigeration this has to be consumed within a week.

Tomato is known as Thakkali (தக்காளி) in Tamil.


  • Tomato (sour variety) – 12 no
  • Green chilli – 15 no (adjust as per need)
  • Asafetida powder – half teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – quarter teaspoon
  • Tamarind paste – quarter teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Pickle powder – 1 tablespoon (one teaspoon fenugreek, half teaspoon each of cumin and mustard; all roasted and powdered)
  • Salt – as per need
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – 1 teaspoon
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Sesame oil – 5 tablespoon

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  • Chop tomato, green chilli; grind together tomato, green chilli, turmeric powder, asafetida powder, salt and tamarind paste to a fine paste.

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  • Heat a wide pan with 4 tablespoon of oil; do seasoning with mustard and curry leaves; add the ground paste.

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  • Let it boil and keep stirring at short intervals till the paste is reduced to half the quantity by volume.

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  • Add sugar, pickle powder and keep cooking.

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  • Add remaining one tablespoon oil and cook till the mixer leaves the pan without sticking.

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  • Cool it to room temperature and store. Serve as a side dish.


{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Priya April 28, 2012, 1:33 am

    Super delicious thokku,wish to have with some bread slices..

  • Ramesh Mokashi May 5, 2012, 2:35 pm

    Really easy to cook, good ready to serve for guests..

  • Anupama June 15, 2012, 11:04 pm

    made this,very simple recipe,easy to make .loved the taste !! you have an awesome recipes of veggies. will try out your other recipes too.Great work.

  • Ez Cookbook June 18, 2012, 1:02 pm

    thakkali thokku looks inviting and perfect for Indian breakfast as a side dish..

  • nanda June 23, 2012, 8:02 pm

    I liked a lot of your recipes.

  • eswari September 29, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Great work Kamala. Love your recipes.

  • sowjanya October 3, 2012, 8:57 pm

    fingerlicking pickle kamala. I’m craving it with hot rice and a dollop ghee right now :)

    great to see step by step pictures too.

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  • recipeadda October 14, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Looks lovely, i will try this thokku recipe. Thanks of the post

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