Sep 10, 2012

Tomato Thokku

Tomato Thokku

A delicious chutney in Tamil cuisine. Best with Idli / Dosa ..

Serves: 4 - 5


For tomatoes:

4 tomatoes (medium size)

2 green chillies

¾ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Wash and clean tomatoes. Wipe each tomato with a soft kitchen towel and make a smooth paste in a small mixer bowl with 2 green chillies and salt. Do not add water when grinding.

For fenugreek seeds:

½ teaspoon oil

½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds / uluva) or ½ teaspoon fenugreek powder / methi powder

¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)

Heat oil in a small frying pan and gently fry fenugreek seeds and hing until fragrant. Make a fine powder and keep aside. Or gently fry fenugreek powder and hing for 2 minutes on a low heat.

Other ingredients

1 tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

6 – 8 curry leaves

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

¼ teaspoon turmeric powder


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add curry leaves. Saute until fragrant and crisp.

Add tomato paste, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Fry on a low heat for 2 minutes.

Cover with a tight lid and cook on a medium to low heat for 10 – 12 minutes or until done / tomato mixture thickens / water dries up. Finally mix with gently roasted fenugreek powder and hing. Serve with idli / dosa

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