Aromatic, and succulent Therakkal is a side dish which can be served for Idly, Dosa, Appam or on bread. Juicy tomatoes, ground shallots and garlic gives a fantastic aroma while cooking. This flavourful dish can be stored for up to 5 days and would still manage to stay fresh. This is the reason, It can be easily packed for travel. Preparation is quite simple and it can be prepared with simple ingredients from our kitchen. Therakkal means Therakkuthal in Tamil “To sauté” in English by not adding additional water to cook. Onion, garlic and tomato are sautéed to get this mouth watering Therakkal.



Shallots-100 gms (1 cup)

Garlic-50 gms (10 to 13cloves)

Tomato-1/4 kgm(5 nos approx)

Fennel seeds-1 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Red chilli-7 to 9nos

Oil-3 tbsp

Curry leaves-2 twig

Salt-1 1/2 tsp

Method to Prepare:

Peel Onion and Garlic.

Soak red chilli.

Cut Tomatoes.


Grind shallots, garlic, fennel seeds, cumin, soaked red chilli and cumin seeds to a coarse paste.

Heat oil in a thick bottom wok, season with fennel seeds, add curry leaves and ground paste until you get nice aroma of onion garlic. In medium flame.

Add chopped tomatoes and salt. Saute well and cook in a low flame till the oil leaves on it’s sides. As pickle consistency.

Thakkali Therakkal is ready to serve. This can be stored for a week time.


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