Onion Tomato Thokku, Thakkali Vengayam Thokku for Chapati, Picnic Combo

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Onion Tomato Thokku and chapati is a nostalgic dish for a lot of us, Tamilians. Whenever we used to travel, Chapati and Thokku would be packed and kept. It is like a mandatory thing in our house. It’s been quite a long time since I made Onion Tomato Thokku or travel thokku as we call it. We made the tomato onion thokku a few weeks back during our trip with our friends to Macau. We indulged in the Thokku laced chapati rolls for lunch. Even the children relished it and it was perfect finger friendly food – Chapati rolls!

If you are looking for “how to make soft chapatis”, check here.

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I made this in the pressure cooker and finished it on a pan. It’s an OPOS – One Pot One Shot inspired recipe.

This recipe will work only in a two or a three liter pressure cooker. Using a bigger cooker may burn the ingredients. So, that’s a word of caution.

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I have used a three liter pressure cooker today. I have used 3 tablespoon of oil today. Double the oil to increase the shelf life of the Thokku. You can use it for two days without refrigeration. The Thokku stays fresh for one week if refrigerated.

We will need 2 cups of sliced onions and 2 cups of finely chopped tomatoes for this recipe. Around 3-4 Indian purple onions (American onions are big. Use less if using American onions), 4 ripe tomatoes.

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# Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add in the mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
# Layer the sliced onions. No need to saute.
# Just add the chopped tomatoes on top of the onions.
# Add in the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Cover the pressure cooker and cook on a medium flame for 20 minutes. I got about 25 whistles.
# Remove from heat and wait for the pressure to settle down naturally.
# Open the cooker and transfer the Thokku to a pan. Cook the Thokku for 2-3 minutes to thicken up.

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The Thokku is ready. Pack your bags and brighten up your travel with chapati and my favorite Thokku.

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Tomato Onion Thokku , Tomato Onion Thokku for Chapati, Picnic Combo

Tomato Onion Thokku, Thakkali Vengayam Thokku for Chapati, Picnic Combo. Perfect for travel. This is a very easy to do recipe and can be put together in minutes.

  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 Cups / 20 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoon vegetable / canola or sunflower oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 Cups sliced onion
  • 2 Cups finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add in the mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
  2. Layer the sliced onions. No need to saute.
  3. Just add the chopped tomatoes on top of the onions.
  4. Add in the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Cover the pressure cooker and cook on a medium flame for 20 minutes. I got about 25 whistles.
  5. Remove from heat and wait for the pressure to settle down naturally.
  6. Open the cooker and transfer the Thokku to a pan. Cook the Thokku for 2-3 minutes to thicken up.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Chutney
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu

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23 thoughts on “Onion Tomato Thokku, Thakkali Vengayam Thokku for Chapati, Picnic Combo”

  1. Hi,

    This came out so well. But i felt bit of sweetness in the dish. Is it okay to add few green chilly and garlic along with others in the cooker?

    Also, I am looking for vadai recipe. Similar to the one they serve in bangalore hotels along with idly. Can’t find it in your blog. Will be great if you can point it

      1. Thanks for the reply sister. Can you please let me know if there is a recipe for ulunthu vadai (like in bangalore hotels) in your blog?

  2. Arthi Senthil Kumar

    20 mins in medium with 25 whistle is applicable even in electric stove da ?

  3. Hello Mam, I am a big fan of yours. IN this article, when to add water , because the video is not operative (non functional)






  4. Sumathi Haridoss

    Really ur recepies r too good.eventhough I new to cook well ,still ur recipes r helping me to become a more better cook.thank u so much.

  5. Aunty your great.. All your recipes are very helpful to me… And sister only suggested your recipes.. After visiting your website I first tried badam halwa it become my signature dish.. Thanks aunty..I prepared it for my in laws anniversary.. All relished alot.. Keep posting more recipes .. Thankyou






  6. Came out very well. Thanks suguna!
    As usual followed the recipe to T with no second thoughts. After all it’s from your blog, can’t go wrong 🙂

  7. நிஷா

    அக்கா எனக்கு ஒரு சந்தேகம் !
    25 விசில் வச்சா ரொம்ப குழைஞ்ச மாதிரி ருசி வேற
    மாதிரி ஆகிடாதா?

  8. Hi kannamma.. will this keep well in d refrigerator for a few days. If so, for how long approximately

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