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Poondu Thokku | Garlic Thokku

Poondu Thokku is a flavorful side dish prepared with garlic in onion - tomato base. Garlic thokku tastes great with tiffin variety like Idli /Dosai/chappati/upma etc. Leftover thokku can be mixed with rice or taken as a side for curd rice. Thokku stays good for 2 days if refrigerated.
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Course: Thokku
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Garlic - 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon
  • Onion - 1
  • Tomatoes - 3
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 teaspoon
  • Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - as needed
  • Sugar - generous pinch
  • Sesame oil - 2 tablespoon
  • Asofetida - generous pinch


  • Add oil to the pan and when oil is hot add garlic and cook on medium flame for 2 -3 minutes till the raw smell goes off
  • Add onion and cook till the onion is translucent
  • Add tomatoes, salt and cook till the tomatoes are half cooked
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, asofetida, sugar and salt; sauté for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of water and cook till the water evaporates and thokku becomes thick.
  • Notes:
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Thokku can be prepared in pressure cooker for
Instant pot for
teaspoon of Tamarind can be added for extra flavour
I used sesame oil but any other can be used
Thokku stays good for 2 days if refrigerated
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