Pressure Cooker Thakkali Vengaya Thokku (Onion Tomato Gravy)


Thakkali Vengaya Thokku is my favorite side dish for many breakfast items like Paniyaram, dosa, idli, and many more. Though its preparation is simple, usual procedure demands  stirring occasionally. After trying this method, I started preparing this way regularly, which doesn’t require me to stay in the kitchen for long.

Pressure Cooker Thakkali Vengaya Thokku (Tomato Onion Gravy)

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time :  20 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side dish


Onion – 2,  roughly chopped

Tomato – 4, roughly chopped

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Green Chilli – 1 (Adjust accrording to your taste)

Curry leaves – few

Mustard Seeds – 1/8 tsp

Channa dal – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1/2 tsp

Salt – as needed


  • Put a pressure cooker on the stove and add oil. When the oil is hot add mustard seeds and channa dal. Once they start spluttering, add onion and green chilli and saute for a minute. Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients and close the lid without adding water

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  • Switch off after 2 whistles. Once steam releases, open the cooker lid



My Notes:

  • Water in tomato and onion is enough for the gravy so no need to add water. Excess water will make the gravy thinner
  • If gravy becomes runny, add 1/4 tsp of rice flour and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Can add ginger garlic paste/ garam masala
  • Red chilli can be added instead of green chill
  • I directly cooked this gravy in pressure cooker, instead it can also be cooked in pan. Saute onions till they turns translucent then add tomatoes
  • Can avoid tempering and prepare this gravy oil free

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26 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Thakkali Vengaya Thokku (Onion Tomato Gravy)

  1. sindhoooo December 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM Reply

    Wow! You made it so easy! Curious to know about the flavour Vidya.. Usually pressure cooked and pan fried vegetables taste differently right?

  2. Faustina Gilbey November 30, 2014 at 3:48 AM Reply

    Thanks for liking my blog!….am enjoying yours! Fx

  3. The Gastronomic Bong November 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM Reply

    This gravy looks delicious and m really amazed how simple it is to make. . 🙂

  4. glutenfreehappytummy November 24, 2014 at 9:33 PM Reply

    sounds really delicious!

  5. Dilip November 23, 2014 at 3:53 AM Reply

    Seems tasty and healthy too. Thanks.

  6. Frugal Hausfrau November 20, 2014 at 11:20 PM Reply

    This looks so good, and I love finding new recipes for the pressure cooker. I use mine so much! I’m not familiar with this dish, is it served as is like a soup or over something?

  7. marudhuskitchen November 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM Reply

    This thokku Looks ..great and delicate. have with idlis and dosas

  8. Malar November 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM Reply

    I always do it in normal pan, this looks easy will try it soon Vidya 🙂

  9. apsara November 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM Reply

    What a quick way to make this! Although, I wouldn’t use an aluminum cooker for cooking tomatoes directly, as aluminum dissolves in acidic medium, and is toxic to the body (is connected with neuro disorders like Alzhiemer’s) . Something I learned in the recent years.

    • Traditionally Modern Food November 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM Reply

      Thanks for the information Apsara will update my notes:-) I used stainless steel cooker

  10. keraoregan November 20, 2014 at 5:03 AM Reply

    This sounds delicious! I wish I had a pressure cooker!

  11. Chitra Jagadish November 20, 2014 at 4:50 AM Reply

    Never tried pressure cooker version of tomato thokku… sounds interesting and yummm…:) 🙂

  12. Ranjani November 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM Reply

    Yes its a easy go accompaniment for almost many dishes..its an awesome prep in pressure cooker..

  13. srividhya November 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM Reply

    Ah.. pressure cooker. Life saver 🙂 Yummy thokku

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