Tomato Thokku | Tomato Thokku Recipe | How to make Tomato Thokku

tomato thokku

Tomato thokku is a delicious side dish for a range of cuisines. These include rice, chapati, roti, idli, dosa and ragi rotti. The tomato thokku recipe needs only the common ingredients. Tomato, of course, is the main item. Garlic, chili powder, turmeric powder and methi seeds are some of the other items. It is easy to make tomato thokku.

health benefits of tomatoes
Tomatoes are said to have many medicinal properties.

Read about the health benefits of tomatoes in the blog.
When should you make tomato thokku? You can make it at any time. The tomato season is, however, perhaps, a good time to make this food for present and future use. With such a plan, you get to buy the tomatoes at a low cost.

How does tomato thokku differ from tomato chutney from the storage view? You can store this thokku longer, than the chutney, in the refrigerator. So, whenever you do not have the time to make a sambar or the interest to make it, you would want to use the thokku.

Try the bread-thokku combination, and you would find it to be a very tasty snack. Toast two slices of the bread, preferably wheat bread. Apply a thin coat of the thokku on one side of both the slices. Place one slice on the other in a way the coated sides face each other. Cut the slices diagonally to get four pieces. Relish each piece, preferably, with a cup of coffee or tea.

Use the thokku also as a sandwich spread.

A question some who want to learn how to make tomato thokku is if the use of jaggery to make this side dish is mandatory.

Although the use of jaggery is optional in the tomato thokku recipe, you may want to use this item for either of or both the reasons:

- Benefit from the health properties of jaggery
- Want the thokku to have a sweet-and-sour taste.

You might also be interested to know:

How to make tomato chutney.

More Tomato Recipes
Are you interested in other tomato recipes?

Visit the tomato recipe central, for a list of dishes, with tomato as the main ingredient.

ragi ambliRagi ambli is said to be nutritious
Drinking a glass of ragi ambli or porridge in the morning can be a great way to start a day.

Here is the ragi ambli recipe.


1. Tomatoes 6-7
2. Tamarind small piece
3. Mustard seeds 1/2 for seasoning + 1 teaspoon for making powder
4. Methi seeds 1/2 teaspoon
5. Chili powder 2-3 teaspoons or to taste
6. Oil 2 tablespoons
7. Garlic cloves 9-10

Blog post: What are the Benefits of Garlic?
8. Jaggery / sugar 2 tablespoons or to taste
9. Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
10. Salt to taste

Tomato Thokku Recipe

1. Cut the tomatoes into pieces.

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2. Dry fry 1 teaspoon of mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of methi seeds separately, till these splutter.

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Grind the mustard and methi to make a powder.

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3. Add the tomatoes and tamarind to the powder.

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Grind these to a paste.

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4. Remove the skin from the garlic cloves.

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5. Heat the oil in an utensil till the oil becomes hot.

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6. Add mustard.

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7. Add the garlic cloves when the mustard starts to splutter.

Fry till the cloves turn to golden brown.

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8. Add the ground mixture.

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Add chili powder,jaggery,turmeric and salt. Mix.

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9. Fry till the oil separates at the edges. The color of the thokku becomes dark.

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Tomato thokku is ready.

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TIPS Tomato Thokku
1. You can store this tomato thokku for 3-4 months in the refrigerator.
2. If you do not like the taste of garlic, add hing / asafoetida.