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Thakkali Thokku – Tomato Pickle

Ever year we plant  some vegetables in our  garden. This year we planted Tomatoes, Green chilies, coriander and Mint. I’ve made this thokku (pickle) from our garden picked fresh tomatoes. I din’t know  what to do with lots of tomatoes we are harvesting so I’ve made thokku this time since I can store this for a long time in the fridge.

This can go as a great side dish with idly, dosa or chapathi.


  • Tomatoes : 8
  • Garlic : 7-8 (pressed)
  • Oil : 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal : 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing : a pinch
  • Red chili powder : 1 tbsp ( according to your spice level)
  • Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp

Method Of Preapartion:

  1. Make tomato puree out of the tomatoes and keep it aside.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a wide pan and add mustard seeds, urad dal and hing.
  3. After it sputters add the garlic , fry them for 2 mins.
  4. Finally add the tomato puree, turmeric powder, salt and red chili powder.
  5. Cook in slow heat until it becomes thick and oil starts leaving on sides and top. Make sure you stir every 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat once the consistency is thick and oil starts floating on top. Store it in an air-tight container.
  7. You can use it up to a couple of months.


  1. I love this kind of tomato thokku, beautiful color and preparations 🙂

  2. Shirya,

    Thakkali thokku delicious, I love to have them now with my dosa.

  3. Lovely color and pic……..tomato thoku looks so inviting

  4. lovely pics..tomato pickle looks delish!

  5. thokku llooks vey the colour of tomatoes.

  6. The tomatoes from your garden look gorgeous…..
    i’d love to make this kind of thokku too.

    I make pasta sauce in large amount and freeze it whenever i have more tomatoes than i need.

  7. Shriya ,
    thakkli thokku looks so delicious n perfect …love to have it anytime with roti or rice …anything


  8. I love this tomato pickle! Never had one before.
    Looks remarkable!

  9. very tempting color of the prep… & by default the word pickle gets u drooling….. HUgs ))))


  10. u know what i love love this…but ive never made it..i bring it or harass ppl to bring it from this shop called grand sweets in chennai which has the best thokku..
    i shd bookmark this recipe, cos u never know when il run out of my thokku 🙂

  11. Thats such a lovely colour and very beautiful click as well

  12. What a Colourfull thokku! Nice complimenting clicks! here tomatoes are priced high, i have to wait to try this one!

  13. My fav…lov the pretty color…

  14. I’m so jealous of your garden! I wish I had homegrown tomatoes. And, I wish I could taste this thokku.

  15. This is so fresh and delicious! And healthy. I grew tomatoes too – I love them.

  16. wow the thokku looks so delicious sure taste s good because u used home grown tomatoes

  17. wow!Delicious n beautiful pickle Shri…Can’t wait 2 giv it a try

  18. Thokku looks delicious..very colorful

  19. Awesome click..looks so yummy!!!

  20. loved that colour beautiful and yummyyyyyyyyy

  21. Thanks ladies for your encouraging Comments.


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