Thokku is a spicy South Indian condiment, relatively similar to our Indian pickles and chutneys. Thokku can be made from vegetables, fruits and even herbs. Thokku is slow cooked which gives it a longer shelf life. Thokku can be stored up to a month if stored and handled properly. Thokku is usually served as a side dish with idli and dosa or mixed with hot rice or curd rice.
When tomatoes are available at cheap prices, I buy them and make this tomato thokku. This thakkali thokku is a very versatile condiment. It can be served with any South Indian tiffin items, rice, chapathi or as a spread. This recipe is a typical Brahmin style one with no onions or garlic. I make another version with onion and garlic, which I will post later. This homemade tomato thokku is much better and healthier than the store brought ones. The thokku stays good up to a month in the fridge. So next time you find tomatoes at a cheap rate in the markets, get some and make this delicious thokku.
Notes and Tips
- If your tomatoes are less sour, add 1-2 tsp tamarind paste or thick tamarind extract along with spices.
- Adjust the amount of red chilly powder according to your spice preference.
- If you find the thokku is spicy at the end, add little more jaggery and adjust.
- Always use a dry and clean spoon to take out thokku.
- To make fenugreek powder, dry roast fenugreek seeds (do not brown too much) and powder them finely.