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Thakkali Bajji – Tamil Style Recipe

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 persons 1x


Thakkali Bajji – Tomato bhaji. Tamil Style Recipe. Side dish for idli, dosa and chapati.




  • 3 red chillies
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 marathi moggu (kapok buds)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • a pinch kalpasi ( black stone flower )

Other ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 Onions, chopped fine
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 inch piece ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon jaggery
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 2 sprig coriander leaves, chopped fine


  1. Heat oil in a pan until hot. Add in the mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Add in all the spices. Briefly fry for ten seconds. Add in the onions. Saute until the onions are soft.
  2. Mince the ginger and garlic in a small mixie and add it to the pan. Add in the chopped green chillies.
  3. Fry till the mixture is starting to brown. Grind the tomatoes in the mixie to a paste. Add it to the pan. Add in the chilli powder, turmeric and salt. Add a little jaggery. Add a cup of water to the pan.
  4. Grind 1/4 cup of fresh coconut in a blender with water to a smooth paste. Add it to the pan. Saute for a couple of minutes.
  5. Cover the pan and cook for 4 whistes in a pressure pan. Wait for the pressure in the pan to release naturally. Open the pan and garnish with coriander leaves.
  6. Serve hot with idli, dosa or chapati.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu