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Onion tomato thokku recipe

Onion tomato thokku - A spicy tangy condiment which can serve as a great side for idli, dosa, chapathi etc. This is a very quick sidedish to prepare which takes just 15 mins when all the ingredients are prepared and ready.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Sharmilee J


To temper:

  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • few nos curry leaves


  • To begin with : Heat oil in a kadai - add mustard seeds let it splutter first. Then add jeera let it crackle then add curry leaves, let it splutter.
  • After that add onion. Saute until transparent.
  • Next add ginger garlic paste and required salt.
  • Saute for 2 mins.
  • Now add tomatoes.
  • Saute until mushy. Mash with laddle and cook.
  • Cook covered for 2 mins or until raw smell leaves.
  • Add red chilli powder and coriander powder. Onion tomato thokku is gettng ready.
  • Saute for a minute or so. Do not burn the masalas.
  • Add 1/4 cup water.This is to avoid burning of masalas.This step is close to finish of onion tomato thokku.
  • Cook for 2 mins till it becomes a thokku consistency.
  • Switch off when oil floats at edges or on top.
  • Serve with chapathi, idli, dosa etc.


  • Make sure to add only ripe tomatoes.
  • Do not compromise on oil, oil should float a bit alteast when you switch off.
  • Do not burn the spice powders so just saute for a minute or so then immediately add water, this is to avoid burning.
  • If you like more of masala flavour then add garam masala powder and fennel seeds while tempering.