This onion tomato thokku is one of the simplest tastiest side dish that can be made in minutes. I always becomes amazing accompaniment for idlies, dosa and chapathi. This is a saver recipe for me as I do it on my lazy cooking days. My husband’s favourite and I prepared it for dinner with idlies. What a superb combination. Yesssss!!! I promise… Do try it and you will tell the same :-). Don’t forget to let me know after trying.

The next day, remaining thokku can be mixed with steamed rice to make tomato rice instantly which again will be tasty.



  • Tomato – 3 medium size
  • Onion – 1 big size
  • Ginger – 1 inch size
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Green chilli – 2
  • Turmeric powder – 1/3 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – pinch
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Salt – as required


1.Fine chop onion, tomatoes, garlic and grate ginger. Cut green chilli into two.

2.Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard and cumin seeds. Once cracked add green chillis and onion. Saute till it turns colour.

3.Add garlic and ginger and saute for a minute. Add tomato and saute well till raw smell vanishes.

4.Add all the dry powders along with salt and mix well. Add required water and stir well.

5.Let it cook in medium flame for few minutes until it reaches appropriate consistency with little water.

6.Serve hot with idlies, dosa or chapathi.



  • This can be in bulk quantity and stored in fridge. If you are storing it, then add more oil and cook until the oil separate and floats at top.



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