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Thakkali Vengayam Thokku - pressure cooker

onion tomato thokku
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Course: Thokku
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Onion – 2 cups finely chopped
  • Tomato – 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Kashmiri red Chilli powder - 3/4 teaspoon
  • Green Chilli - 1 Adjust according to your taste
  • Coriander leaves - few
  • sugar/jaggery - Pinch
  • Besam flour - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – as needed
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon


  • Place a pressure cooker on the stove and add oil. When the oil turns hot add mustard seeds and  splutter
  • Add onion and cook for 2 minutes
  • Furthermore, add green chilli and cook for 2 more minutes
  • Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix well
  • After the spice powder is well mixed.   Add tomatoes, salt, and a pinch of sugar and mix well. no need to add water
  • Let the mixture comes to a boil. Mix once and make sure no spice powder is stick to the cooker
  • Close the cooker and cook for 20 minutes (23-25 whistles).  Once steam releases naturally, open the cooker lid and mix well
  • Add besan flour and mix well and cook
  • Finally, add coriander leaves and cook till the thooku comes together; switch off and serve with tiffin varieties like idli/ dosai/ chappathi


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  1. Water in tomato and onion is enough for the gravy so no need to add water. Excess water will make the gravy thinner
  2. Besan flour is optional but it gives a nice consistency to the thokku
  3. Can add ginger garlic paste/ garam masala
  4. Make sure turmeric powder or chilli powder is not stuck to the pan
  5. Kashmiri red Chilli powder gives a nice color to the thokku. If you are using regular Chilli powder adjust the quantity accordingly
  6. I directly cooked this gravy in the pressure cooker, instead, it can also be cooked in the pan. Saute onions till they turn translucent then add tomatoes
  7. thokku Will masala powders make a great gravy base for North Indian gravy 
  8. Can avoid tempering and prepare this gravy oil-free
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