Thakkali Thokku/Spicy Tomato Spread

by Kamala on April 27, 2012


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.


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Priya April 28, 2012 at 1:33 am

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

Ramesh Mokashi May 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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

Anupama June 15, 2012 at 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 at 1:02 pm

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

nanda June 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I liked a lot of your recipes.

eswari September 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Great work Kamala. Love your recipes.

sowjanya October 3, 2012 at 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 at 6:17 pm

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

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