Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Thakkali Thokku / Tomato Thokku / Spicy Tomato Preserve

Spicy but tangy at the same time, Thakkali thokku has become a favorite among the family. Every other week, I make it a point to buy about 1 kg tomato, and prepare thokku out of the whole lot. And yes, the pickle gets over within two weeks. Thanks to 'A', he prefers this thokku to the regular chutneys these days. Now that is good with me as I donot need to take the pain of making a chutney for dosas or idlis. Also days when I am late from office and by late I mean after 10, I need not panic over what needs to be served for dinner.

Rather I can come home to hot dosas and tangy accompaniments and finally a satisfied tummy. Its such a versatile spread, I have even tried it with breads and the tanginess pairs beautifully leaving you salivate for more. This is for you if you are lazy like me, a handy preserve in days of chaos over what needs to be done for dinner.

~*What U Need*~
Tomatoes(Bangalore variety) - 5, large
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Sambhar Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a big pinch
Salt - to taste
Jaggery - a small piece
Fenugreek powder - 1/2 tsp

To temper:
Gingelly oil - 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Hing powder - a pinch
Garlic cloves - 5

How I made it:
If not having fenugreek powder, dry roast fenugreek seeds till golden brown and powder it. Wash the tomatoes and chop finely. Heat a heavy bottomed pan with oil and add mustard, curry leaves, asafoetida and crushed garlic cloves and fry. Add the chopped tomatoes.

Add the spice powders and salt. Stir well and cook in medium low for 5-8 minutes , till the tomatoes start leaving water. Add the jaggery and fenugreek seeds powder and mix well. Cook till the oil starts oozing out and the mixture is reduced. Cool down. Store in airtight container and refrigerate.

Serve as sides for dosas or curd rice.

Serve as sides for dosas or curd rice.

** My Notes:
** Use Bangalore variety tomatoes, the country are so tart and using them will result in a very tangy-tart preserve.
** Always use gingelly oil as it gives the needed flavor.
** Add more oil as that helps in keeping it good for days.
** Always use a clean dry spoon to scoop the thokku.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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48 comments:

  1. Tongue tickling one,superb..yummy with toast too !!

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  2. Finger licking thokku,love to have it with curd rice....

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  3. My favourite!loved the tangy taste of this pickle.

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  4. i make it similar except sambar powder.. i use red chili powder.. liked your version..

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  5. Hi Vimitha, very interesting recipe. Something new to me but it sure look very appetizing. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.

    Have a great week ahead.

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  6. hey that was a detailed post...and u come as late as 10 pm? who takes care of the little one? u take care....

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  7. hi vimi, useful post. other than sides can this be used as sauce?

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  8. slurppppp looks so yummy Vimitha :) i can finish this up so quickly :)

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  9. Thokku looks so tempting.. Its color is very attractive too...

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  10. I've been seeing this recipe on several blogs now...gotta try it...looks spicy and drool worthy!

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  11. A favorite in my home too, can have this with almost anything..

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  13. Wow,so tempting!! Dosa and thokku is a perfect combo.

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  14. Tongue tickling and tempting thokku

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  15. Delicious and mouthwatering thokku. Excellent meal.
    Deepa

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  16. super spicy n tasty thokku...looks finger licking good :)
    loved ur blog's new template/look!

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  17. Using sambhar powder is different. Love it.

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  18. Superb Vimitha. Looks so Tangy. Lovely lovely.

    Ongoing Event :
    Homemade Spices : Store To Bowl

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  19. fingerlicking thokku, delicious preparation...

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  20. Looks so lovely....delicious preparation...love it with crispy dosa....

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  21. This will definitely make life easier ! sounds yummy :)

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  22. Yum thokku, goes well with idli and dosa

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  23. Thanks so much for stopping by and leading me to your delicious blog.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  24. Yummy chutney.Its really heaven when having with curd rice.

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  25. Thokku looks divine! I love it when its spicy!

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  26. Tomato thokku Looks inviting.........nice one.

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  27. lovely tokku, new to me is to add sambar powder. Drool

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  28. Tomato chutney looks so yummy and fingerlicking good.

    today's recipe:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/02/paal-kozhukattai-kollukattai-modaks-in.html

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  29. this is nice - i make it differently - and its sooo so addictive!! never tried with sambar powder - will give it a shot next time !

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  30. Hi Vimitha, you have got nice space. This is very useful recipe for busy women.

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  31. wow..delicious and tempting .

    Ongoing event:
    FAST FOOD EVENT -MUSHROOM
    in my blog.

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  32. oh lovely, looks very tempting!!!

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  33. making thokku saves so much time and its a nice accompaniment with idlis or dosa.

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  34. wow..delicious and tempting chutney.luv vth hot rice. .

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  35. தக்காளி தொக்கு அருமை,,,விமிதா

    http://cookbookjaleela.blogspot.com/2013/02/healthy-food-for-healthy-kids-event.html

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  36. Do they last like other pickles for long time when refrigerated? I had came across these recipe many times, but never tried it. It sure looks spicy and tangy enough to go with steamed rice.

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  37. Yummy, this is my first time here. I also make this at home, my husband loves this. But I use the red chilli powder, may be this time I will try the sambar powder.
    Very nice, lots of yummy recipes...

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