Instant tomato pickle (tomato thokku) step-by-step recipe with video and photos.
About this recipe
Tomato thokku is a spicy tangy instant pickle that is served as an accompaniment. This instant tomato pickle is very simple to make and can stay fresh for up to one weeks in the refrigerator.
Tomato thokku not only tastes great with curd rice or just plain steamed rice, but it is also perfect with idli and dosas too. There are some versions of thokku with ginger-garlic added, but I prefer to skip the ginger garlic and make it in a simpler way. This versatile pickle is something you don’t want to miss when tomatoes are in season.
Tomatoes: Use juicy ripe tomatoes to make the best-tasting thokku.
Tamarind: Adding a little tamarind will make this pickle even more tangy. But if the tomatoes are very tangy, you may skip it.
Jaggery: Jaggery does not make this pickle sweet but it balances the tangy taste very well.
Spices: The whole spices I use are mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds, which is dry-roasted and powdered.
Tempering: The pickle is finished with an easy tempering (seasoning) made with mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves.
Tomato thokku tastes great as an accompaniment with lunch and dinner. It can also be served alongside other chutneys in south Indian breakfast.
You may toss it with hot steamed rice too. Whisk some thokku with yogurt for a delicious dip.
Tomato thokku served with curd rice
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Tips for making best tomato thokku
Use ripe and juicy tomatoes for best-tasting thokku.
Do not add any water to make the thokku. Tomatoes release lots of moisture in which it needs to be cooked. Also, adding water will reduce the shelf life of the thokku.
Once the tomatoes are cooked, increase the flame and let the excess moisture dry. The pickle must release oil and should not have any moisture content.
Storing instant tomato pickle (tomato thokku)
Store the thokku in a clean and dry air-tight container in the refrigerator. It stays fresh for up to one week. Use a clean and dry spoon every time you use it. This way, the thokku will keep good for a longer time.
Tomato thokku can also be stored in freezer. Cool the thokku completely, portion it and place in a freezer-safe container. Freeze it for up to three months. The easiest way to portion and freeze it is using an ice tray. Place the tomato thokku in ice tray and let it freeze. Transfer it to a container and store in the freezer. Thaw the thokku in the refrigerator overnight before using.
Instant tomato thokku (Tomato thokku) recipe video
Instant tomato pickle (Tomato thokku) step-by-step recipe with photos
1. Dry roast mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds
2. Cool completely and grind into a fine powder
3. Saute tomatoes, add tamarind and jaggery to it
4. Cook until the tomatoes get soft and mushy
5. Add the spice powders and salt
6. Cook completely, then dry out the excess moisture
7. In a separate pan. prepare the tempering
8. Pour the tempering over the thokku
9. Mix well, serve immediately or store once it cools down
Instant tomato pickle (Tomato thokku)