Tomato Thokku  

Recipe for preparing Tomato Thokku.



  • Tomato  – 1kg
  • Chilly Powder  – 3- 4 tspns depends your spicy level
  • Turmeric Powder  – 1/4tspn
  • Mustard seeds  –  1 tspn
  • Fenugreek Seeds  – 1 tspn
  • Asafoedita  –  1/4tspn
  • Sesame Oil  – 1/2 cup  – 1 cup
  • Salt  –   to taste(Keep it a little higher as it is also a preservative here)
  • Tamarind Paste –  1tspn(optional)


  1. Chop tomatoes roughly. Taste and see – If it is not tangy you can add tamarind extract for the tang.
  2. Cut and grind tomatoes into a fine paste and keep it aside.
  3. Dry fry fenugreek seeds and grind it as a fine powder.
  4. Heat half of the Oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, Once it starts splutters add Asafoedita, curry leaves, and fenugreek powder.
  5. Fry it for 1/2 a minute. Then add ground tomato paste and saute it well.
  6. Keep the stove in medium flame and cook it till the gravy reduces considerably.
  7. Once the gravy reduced to half, add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, remaining oil, tamarind paste and salt and mix well.
  8. Cook it for another 20 minutes until the color of the paste/thokku becomes dark and the oil floats.


  1. This thokku goes well with Chapati, Rice, Dosa and Idli.
  2. If refrigerated this Tomato paste/thokku will be good for a month. Store in an air-tight container.

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