CHUTNEY & RAITA/ No Onion No Garlic


capsicum thokku

Few months before i first saw this ” Capsicum Chutney / Capsicum Thokku Recipe ” in a FB group . Hmm….. that looked intresting for me and i went ahead and bookmarked the recipe as must try. Though i make capsicum chutney..this method was quiet unique and new to me . I am glad i did try this keeper recipe . They tasted so yumm !! Everyone loved them to the core.One excellent side dish from capsicum which tastes great with anything and everything. The best part is it’s no onion – garlic , no coconut recipe. And also since no water has been added , it stays good for 3-4 days without fridge.Ideal to pack while travelling too.

I didn’t follow the exact recipe as seen in FB , but tweaked a bit which i felt would improve the dish and also would suit our family taste. Since this chutney tastes more like a pickle and has good shelf life i guess its called Capsicum Thokku . Well , what’s in a name what you want. If you are looking for some new chutney variety to go along with your idli,dosa,rotti or rice must try this…!! I am sure you too would love them …..

If you are in the lookout of more chutney recipes.. you can also check Carrot chutney , Spinach Chutney , Cluster beans Chutney etc

capsicum thokku


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Side Dish
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 3 - 4 nos capsicum
  • Small goseberry size Tamarind, soaked in water
  • Salt, to taste
  • to roast and powder ( masala )
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds/ Dhania
  • 1/2 tsp Methi seed
  • 1 tbsp Bengal Gram Chana Dal
  • 6 - 10 nos Red Chillies, ( based on your preference )

To temper :

  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • a pinch Asafoetida/ hing
  • Curry Leaves, - few
  • 2-3 tbsp OIl


  • Wash and roughly chop capsicum .
  • Grind them semi coarse in a mixer and keep aside .
  • In a small pan add few drops of oil and take all the ingredients mentioned under to roast . Fry till they are crisp . Fine powder the spices in a mixer .
  • In a kadai / pan , take oil . Add mustard seeds . Once they splutter , add curry leaves , hing and turmeric powder .
  • To the tempering add coarsely ground capsicum , masala powder, tamarind extract and salt . Mix everything well . Saute the chutney for 5-10 minutes stirring in between .Letit boil well and get a nice taste and color. Don't add any extra water .
    capsicum thokku
  • That's it capsicum thokku is ready to serve. Relish it with idli , dosa, chapathi , plain rotti or plain rice. I assure you it tastes yumm with everything . Stays good without refrigeration for 3-4 days . If kept in fridge stays good for more days .Will share 1 more variant of capsicum chutney soon, till then enjoy it !!!


  1. You can use any type of capsicum .
  2. Grinding of capsicum smooth / coarse depends on your choice .
  3. In the original recipe , tamarind was not added . But i felt something missing when i made as per the original version . you can try which way you like . Also in the original recipe , methi quantity was more.
  4. If you want you can add little jaggery .
  5. Instead of red chillies you can add chilli powder too .
  6. Sauteing nicely in little extra oil givesthis chutney nice taste , look and also increases shelf life. So better not omit it .

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  • Reply
    Beulah Arun
    August 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Tasty chutney!

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    Sona S
    August 31, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I usually make capsicum chutney, but thokku sounds different and looks very tasty..

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    Sandhya Hariharan
    September 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I recently learned to make with Red Peppers… It was delicious… Now this is interesting…..

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    September 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    It’s really yummy……unique one….loved it…..

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    Pricilla Solomon
    October 19, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Yummy Smitha, I have been following ur recipe and making my home a delight for my children due to the vareity and deliciousness ur recipes provide in vegetarian food!

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    October 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Aah !!! that’s such a lovely comment one could have given …..

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    Pamper your tastebuds
    March 5, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Lovely chutney. I also added a few pods of garlic and saute the capsicum a bit. Turned out to be super hit

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    Sreesha Das
    October 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Is this a traditional recipe?

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    April 7, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Really the chutney is soo good. And it s very simple recipe and we make it quickly… Yummy yummy

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    August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Thank you for a different and easy yummy recipe..

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