Tomato Thokku

The dark red color tomato thokku attracts one so much !

Tomatoes - 2 Kg
Chilli Powder - 5 Tblsp
Tumeric - 1 Tbsp
Salt - As Required
Oil - 6 Tblsp

1. Wash the tomatoes , pat them dry and make a puree of them without adding water. Alternatively, they can also be cut into small pieces.
2. Heat oil in a non-stick kadai . Using non stick for this thokku eases our preparation activity . Also, for a thokku , the oil used has to be more .
2. Pour the tomato puree / finely cut tomatoes , chilli powder , turmeric and salt .
3. Mix nicely so that all ingredients are mixed properly.
4. Keep mixing it now then so that it does not get charred.
5. The thokku would start changing color from bright red to dark red , keep mixing , till the mixture reduces to one third its quantity .
6. Keep stiring now and then , till all the oil in it starts coming out.
7. All this has to be done in medium / low flame only.
8. Thokku takes almost 30 mins for preparation .
9. once it cools down, store it in an air tight container for about 3 weeks.

1. Could serve as an instant tomato rice mix. Mix it with rice and add some tadka with mustard seeds , curry leaves , urad dhals
2. Side dish for Chapathi / Dosa
3. Add also add peeled and sliced garlic to the oil in the beginning while heating the oil.  It gives a more garlicy flavour to the thokku.

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