Thakkali thokku with ginger / Tomato pickle with ginger

U might be wondering about so many thokku recipes u see often for the last few days in this space. Main reason is am out of pickle , yeah, I consume pickle as one of my veggie's .. I eat a lot of pickle... While i's having some serious talk abt cooking , by the way, with my mom , she told me about this pickle which my grandma used to make those days during summer when u get tomatoes cheap. Yep, somehow the tradition dropped and then mom used to make tomato jam instead . Few days back, my mom reminded about this recipe and I had to make this right away.. Seriously YUM..

Source : My Mom

Ingredients :

Tomato -- 8 nos. , big
Ginger -- 3 tsp , grated
Sesame oil -- 1 1/2 tbsp ( or as needed )
Dry red chillies -- 4 nos. ( acc to taste )
Fenugreek seeds -- 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder -- a pinch.
Hing --  2 pinches
Mustard seeds -- 1/4 tsp
Salt -- to taste
Jaggery -- small pebble sized

Method :
  • Blanch the tomatoes and peel the skin. Finely chop the tomatoes into mini chunks along with the juice and reserve in a bowl.
  • Add  a quarter tsp of oil and roast the dry red chillies and thefenugreek seeds until they are crisp and pale golden in colour and grind to a fine powder.
  • Heat a kadai with the remaining oil and do the seasoning with mustard seeds . Followed by the hing .( do not burn ..) Now throw in the grated ginger and scald well in the oil for a minute or two so that the raw smell disappears and turns bit crisp.
  • Pour in the chopped tomato mixture and again mix well until the juice gone and everything comes together without sticking.
  • Stir in the turmeric powder , ground powder ,salt and combine well over medium low heat.
  • Let the thokku be in the heat for 5 more minutes for the masala to get infused with the thokku. Finally add the jaggery powder and combine well with the thokku, this takes some heat off from the thokku and at the same time , it enhances the taste as well.
  • Keep the thokku in dum ( very low heat ) for 2 more minutes / until the oil starts leaving the sides. Switch off and store in a bottle . Store in a refrigerator for better shelf life.

Notes :
  • U may also grind the tomatoes after blanching along with the ginger.
  • Jaggery is optional.
Sending this to BOOKMARKED EVENT happening @ AIPI's blog started by aipi and Priya..

Happy eating guys,


  1. oh wow!!that sounds awesome ....wanna try it ..bookmarked..

  2. HA ha- you sound like me I too can eat a whole bowl full off pickles with my roti everyday lol :)
    This pickle looks delicious too- the last pic is beautiful!

    US Masala

  3. Tomato pickle looks so tasty and tangy. Very colorful recipe.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. This is just superb...I will give a try...bookmarked..

  5. This thakkali thokku sounds delicious.

  6. நானும் அதே மாதிரி தான் இருந்தேன்...இப்ப எல்லாம் மாறி போச்சு...இவருக்கு ஊறுகாயே பிடிக்காது...அப்ப்டியே நானும் பழகிவிட்டேன்...

    ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு...சூப்பராக இருக்கு...

  7. Thokku looks mouthwatering and delicious!

  8. flavourful combination looks delicious

  9. Mouthwatering here, especially that last click makes me drool...yummy thokku..

  10. completely droolicious! mouth is watering indeed!

  11. wow thokku looks so delicious !! mouthwatering clicks !!

  12. Tempting the ginger flavor!!

  13. Pics r droooolworthy it...
    First time here..u hv a wonderful space shavani..visit mine as time permits..

  14. oooo shanu my mouth s waterg looking at it.....great recipe

  15. Usually I roast the tomatoes, peel the skin and grind - pukka Andhra style I guess. And follow your method when adding cilantro and onion to the chutney. We too need a chutney/ pickle everyday. :) So, I will give this a try and let you know.

  16. look superb dear and so tempting, amazing.

  17. this is sooo good!I wish I could eat some of it right now! I love pickle too! Bookmarking this!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  18. Mouthwatering thokku,flavorful and yummy.

  19. Cool pictures! Love the color and Yummy thokku.

  20. Looks delicious and mouth watering

  21. Mouthwatering and scrumptious thokku:)

  22. slurp...colourful n mouthwatering thokku!!

  23. Mouthwatering thokku:-) Wud love to grab that spoon:-)

  24. Adding ginger to tomato thokku is a lovely idea

  25. mouthwatering n tempting thokku..

  26. Wonderful looking thokku.......the color is just so attractive!!!

  27. Love this thokku.. love to eat with plain rice with the drop of ghee..

  28. Wow so irresitable tomato thokku..Sure will make it soon..:) Amazing clicks.

  29. Simply Superbb Sho..Tempting click too

  30. Awesome click man, makes me pretty hungry it with couple of idlies:)




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