Thakkali thokku or Tomato thokku is a basic spicy preserve which almost all households prepare with little variations . It s kind of a pickle and can be made throughout the year as and when you get abundant fresh ripe tomatoes or when you face some extra over ripe tomatoes lying in the fridge. Best way way to save them is to make a thokku or preserve and use that in recipes when needed or as a tangy accompaniment to a variety of dishes.
In the blog elsewhere I have some recipes with fenugreek leaves, onion tomato thokku and Tomato bell pepper thokku, each with few changes.
The recipe below is the simplest basic recipe which you can adapt later by mixing other vegetables of your choice to make a new recipe altogether. Imagination is the key .
3-4 cups of finely chopped ripe tomatoes.
3-4 tbsp kashmiri red chili powder
salt as required
A generous pinch of asafoetida powder.
A pinch of turmeric powder.
A small berry size tamrind.( gooseberry size )
Tamrind should not be soaked in water and added, instead add it with tomatoes to cook along .
4-5 tbsp gingelly oil ( sesame seed oil )
Pinch of jaggery ( optional )
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp roasted powdered fenugreek seed powder.( A must )