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Thakkali Thokku ~ Spicy Tomato Relish

Course Dip
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 4 large tomatoes 600 gm
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • A fat pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • Chop the tomatoes as fine as possible.
  • Heat oil in a big saucepan. Splutter the mustard seeds and briefly fry the fenugreek seeds. Let the hing also fry.
  • Add in tomatoes with some salt and give it a good toss.
  • Get it cooking on low flame, stirring it occasionally. The tomato will start releasing its fluids and then slowly start drying up.
  • Add in the powders and give it a good stir. Continue to cook till the tomatoes are fully mashed and the mixture is almost dry. Adjust the seasoning by adding sugar and salt.
  • Switch off and cool completely before storing it in a sterilized bottle.


If you wish, you can add one onion, minced in the beginning before adding the tomatoes. Rest all process is the same.