Thakkali Thokku (Tomato Pickle)


I still remember those days when my Amma goes out of town, she used to prepare tomato thokku and pulikaichal, and keep it in fridge. Even for a week it will be good to use. When we don’t have time for preparing side dish for dosa/Idli/upma, if we have some tomato thokku in fridge, no worries:-) Tomato thukku tastes great with dishes like Semiya Bagala bath or Bread Utthappam or Cracked wheat Idli or Panniyaram  etc. It tastes amazing with plain rice as well!

Thakkali Thokku

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 40 mins

Recipe Category: Pickle/Side Dish


Ripe tomatoes – 10 – 12

Red chilli powder/Sambar powder/ –  2 tbsp (I used Red chilli powder)

Sesame oil – 4 tbsp (Increase oil if you are going to store for a week)

Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp

Fenugreek – 1/4 tsp

Jaggery/Brown Sugar/ White Sugar – 1/2 tsp (Optional)

Salt – as needed



  • Put tomatoes in a blender and blend without adding water
  • Add oil to a wide pan (while boiling, tomatoes tend to spit spill outside). When oil is hot, add mustard seeds and fenugreek and let it splutter. Add tomato puree and saute occassionally


  • When tomato puree reduces to half, add red chilli powder and salt

tomato thokku


  • Cook till water evaporates completely and the tomatoes become thick

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My Notes:

  •  Tamarind puree can be added, if you want it a bit tangy
  • Keep in airtight container and use a dry spoon, for the thukku to stay longer

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47 thoughts on “Thakkali Thokku (Tomato Pickle)

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  4. Liz August 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM Reply

    so pretty!

  5. cafegarima July 31, 2014 at 12:13 AM Reply

    Tangy delight 🙂

  6. Shruti July 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM Reply

    A few months back, I didn’t know that it’s called thokku 😛 But I absolutely love it… Using it as a spread on plain dosa, having it with paratha, sometimes on sandwich too 😉 Wonderful recipe…

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 29, 2014 at 10:04 PM Reply

      Thanks Shruti:-) yes it goes well with so many dishes. Thokku is Tamil word:-)

      • Shruti July 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        Achchaaaa.. now I’ll tell my hubby tat word n let him ask what it is 😛

      • Traditionally Modern Food July 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM


  7. Sophie33 July 29, 2014 at 4:50 AM Reply

    Oooh yes, I can make that today with my home grown red tomatoes! Ooh yes! Looks magnificent too! xxx

  8. lapetitepaniere July 29, 2014 at 12:33 AM Reply

    Simple and delicious Vidya 🙂

  9. MamaD1xx4xy July 28, 2014 at 7:07 PM Reply

    This looks great. Just picked tomatoes today and may have to try it.

  10. Sony P July 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM Reply

    My fav anytime………looks mouthwatering!

  11. seasidehomeaccents July 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM Reply

    This looks amazing. I’ve never heard of this before. I have to try it now 🙂

  12. swethadhaara July 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM Reply

    Wow..i love this with hot rice and ghee or in curd rice or dosas and many more! You are here to make my life simple. I never knew how people make it. Now I will attack the market for tomatoes. Thanks a ton!!

  13. Jeanne Melanson July 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM Reply

    This does look really good. I love things made with fresh garden tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe. Sharing on my Indian Food board on Pinterest.

  14. Nate Kidd July 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM Reply

    This looks really good. Thank you for sharing.

  15. apuginthekitchen July 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM Reply

    I love tomato condiments. I would love this on a grilled cheese sandwich.

  16. Charanya July 28, 2014 at 6:12 AM Reply

    Wow. Amazing Color 😀

  17. Jan Kearney July 28, 2014 at 4:44 AM Reply

    Looks lovely – pinned it to try later 🙂

  18. marudhuskitchen July 28, 2014 at 4:41 AM Reply

    This thokku is versatile side dish for any thing ..just love it

  19. sindhoooo July 28, 2014 at 3:42 AM Reply

    Mmmm, yummy tomato thokku! Must do recipe for all the lazy cooks like me 😉

  20. Chitra Jagadish July 28, 2014 at 3:39 AM Reply

    Tomato or mango thokku who say no for this? just by the name thokku – started droooooling. I would go for panniyaram with this. …slurp. …

  21. Elaine @ foodbod July 28, 2014 at 1:15 AM Reply

    This looks great, I love that it’s not full of sugar!!

  22. Priya Shiva July 28, 2014 at 12:46 AM Reply

    One of my favorite side dish with dosa and idlis! Love it!

  23. Malar July 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM Reply

    My all time favorite , look at the color , just awesome 🙂

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