Tomato Thokku (Andhra style)

Thokku is a spicy, tangy tomato based pickle which can be used as a side dish for steamed rice,idli or dosa and even for roti or chapathi.
Typically prepared with fully riped and juicy tomatoes, can be easily preserved for days when refrigerated.


6 tomatoes chopped

3 tblsp oil

2 tsp jaggery

Gooseberry size tamarind

1 tsp cumin seeds/ jeera

1 tsp mustard seeds/ rai

1 tsp fenugreek seeds / methi

1/2 tsp turmeric powder / haldi

1 tblsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

1 tblsp salt


4 tblsp oil

3/4 tsp mustard

1/4 tsp hing/ asafoetida powder

Few curry leaves

2 red chillies

10 garlic cloves peeled and sliced


  • Dry roast mustard, methi and jeera. Make a fine powder.Add salt,red chilli powder and turmeric powder to it and keep aside.
  • Heat 3 tblsp oil in a pan, saute chopped tomatoes, tamarind, jaggery ,and mix well.
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes or till the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Mash the tomatoes slightly making sure they are cooked completely. Let it cooldown and grind into a paste.
  • Add all the spices and mix well, making sure that all the ingredients are combined well.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan heat 4 tblsp oil for tempering
  • Add mustard seeds.hing, red chilli bits and few curry leaves.Allow to splutter, add chopped garlic cloves and fry till they turn golden brown in colour
  • Immediately add the tomato paste and cook till oil separates
  • And your thokku is ready to serve . Let it cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight jar and refrigerate it .
  • Serve with dosa, idli, chapati or hot steamed rice.


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