Friday, August 25, 2006

Thakali thokku (tomato mix) and tomato juice

This year my garden is abundant with tomatoes. Every week I have been harvesting about 1kg of tomatoes and are out of recipes to use them in. My mom suggested that I make this thokku that can be used with idli, dosa, chappathi or to make instant tomato rice. This recipe uses a little extra oil than normally needed, as it helps in preserving the thokku for a long time. This is my first entry to injimanga's Green Blog Project.

Thakali thokku (tomato mix)


Tomato - 1.5 kg (approximately 8 tomatoes)
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Vinegar - 2 tbsp
Oil (preferably gingelly) - 1/2 cup

Powder ingredients:

Chilli powder - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Fenugreek (methi) powder - 1tsp
Salt - as needed


Blend tomatoes to a fine puree. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed or non-stick vessel. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Wait till the mustard seeds start to splutter and then add the tomato puree and all the powder ingredients. Let this simmer for about 1 hr. The oil will start floating on top and the mix will be thickened by then. Turn off the heat, add vinegar and store in clean bottles. This can be kept in the fridge and used for 15 days. This can be served with idli, dosa, chappati and also can be mixed with rice to make tasty tomato rice.

Tomato juice


Tomatoes (ripe) - 2
Salt - a pinch
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Pepper - a pinch


Blend all the above ingredients and serve chilled.


gayathri said...

Deepz im a hardcore fan for juices.. had a feeling of driniking it belv me .. i just loved the garnishing with mint leaf .. wonderful idea..

did i forget to mention i loved ur tomato garden .. here it goes:) its awesome .

Fazeetha said...

Hi Deepa, your thokku sounds tasty..i have to try it out with my remaining garden tomatoes.
This is how i did mine--Put tomatoes in boiling water and peel off the skin, then make a puree. Then the following items in the pan in the same order--(sesame)Oil, mustard seeds,curry leaves,dried red chillies, turmeric, fenugreek,then tomatoe puree, add salt, and a little tamarind(which gives the acid needed).

Deepz said...

Thanks gayathri.

Your recipe sounds professional fazeetha. I am too lazy to peel my tomatoes but I am sure the thoku tastes better if done this way.