Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Easy Tomato Thokku / தக்காளி தொக்கு - Travel special tomato preserve for idli,dosai and chapathi - Step by step

        Tomato thokku or preserve is similar to a pickle,where in pickle making, we sun dry the tomatoes.But in making preserve, we don't dry the tomatoes. I tasted this thokku at my In-law 's place for the first time. It tasted too good.So when my MIL came to Dallas, asked her to prepare the thokku and took pictures. Unfortunately, missed the final picture. After that, I have prepared this thokku several time, but didn't took pictures. So when we planned our "Chicago" trip, this weekend, I know ,what I am going to make. Yes, my MIL's special tomato preserve. The reason, is this thokku stays fresh for atleast a week. We took some idlies,and rotis. It tasted heavenly ,with idlies and dosais. This is a fool proof recipe, I would say and also my Family's traditional recipe.

         Actually, on the final day, we were having this thokku in our car and travelling the whole day, without refrigerating. To our surprise, this thokku stayed fresh, even after, keeping it in the car. The reason is, sesame oil.It keeps the thokku fresh. Also, it should be kept in a clean container. You can prepare this thokku in bulk and use it whenever needed.My friend, who came with us ,for the trip, enjoyed the preserve very well. She insisted me to post the recipe.Hence the recipe today.Prepare this easy tomato thokku and enjoy.

Preparation time : 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 1 hour (approx)
Yield : 1 kg (approx)

1.Tomatoes - 10 (big) about 4 kg
2.Ginger - 1 inch
3.Garlic pods - 4 to 5
4.Cinnamon sticks - 2
5.Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
6.Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
7.Salt - to taste
8. Cooking oil + Sesame oil - 1 cup

 *  The more the tomatoes are juicier, the time to cook  , increases . So select tomatoes according to the time, you have in hand. Wash the tomato and pat it dry. Cube the tomatoes .Take a blender , add ginger,garlic pods,cinnaman sticks and fennel seeds. Grind them into a fine paste.Don't add water while grinding.
* Take a wide pan. It should be heavy bottomed. Add 3/4 cup of the oil  and heat it.Now add tomatoe cubes. Let it cook in medium flame.Sprinkle little salt, for the tomatoes to cook fast.

* After 15 minutes, the tomatoes would have been mashed well.Now add the grinded ginger garlic paste to the pan.Cook it till the raw smell dissappears.Mean while, add oil little by little.
* After half an hour, the tomato would have been cooked well. at this point, add the chilli powder. We can either use plain chilli powder or sambar powder. If we use plain chilli powder, we will get a bright red colour thokku.I mixed both chilli powder and sambar powder.It tasted good.
* Once, the raw smell of the chilli powder vanishes, turn the flame to low. Add the remaining oil to the pan.Thokku will start to shrink in its volume and oozes out oil.Adjust salt to taste. By now the tomato thokku would have shrink to 1/4 of its initial volume.Turn the stove off. Let the thokku cool completely.Store in air tight - sterlized containers.Serve for idli,dosai and chapathi. Even curd rice  goes very well.

* Always dry the tomatoes,before cooking it.
* Sesame oil will make the thokku to stay fresh for atleast 10 days ,in the refrigerator,
* We can also saute the ginger garlic paste first and then add the tomatoes. But make sure you don't burn the paste.Because, burnt ginger garlic paste,will give slight bitterness to the thokku.
* Always use clean container to store the thokku, if not it will spoiled soon.Store the thokku in refrigerator .It stays good for atleast a week in refrigerator.
* Always use a clean spoon, whenever you take the thokku.
* Don't add more ginger and garlic, then the thokku will have a strong flvour from the garlic.


great-secret-of-life said...

simple and flavourful thokku

Shanthi said...

different recipe for making thokku...you have done it perfectly...

Shama Nagarajan said...

tempting dear...well prepared

Unknown said...

Looks yummilicious...one of our family favorite..goes well with everything.

Priya Suresh said...

Wow, super thokku,my mouth is just watering..

Anonymous said...

Tomato thokku with idli.. Omg I just love it

Sangeetha Priya said...

delicous thokku n awesome presentation!!!

Julie said...

lip smacking thokku dear..yummmy!!!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

I made batches after batches after batches of it this wonter. just awesome.

nandoos kitchen said...

nice flavorful thokku..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

This is what I would like to have with my dosa during breakfast. Have bookmarked it.

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