Onion & tomato Thokku along with roti/chapathi/phulkha is an excellent combination and a no fail recipe in our family.This time I tried making chapathi using Autolysis Method which helps in reducing the kneading effort .I can hear you asking what it is… Here we go with the details of this.Long back, post few days of wedding when we had a family discussion during dinner and my father in law was elaborating a quick way he had learnt during his NSS camps and had asked me to give a try whenever possible as it would reduce my efforts. This is what he said to me,add half the amount of warm water to the flour(wheat) by just making deep hollow space in vessel containing wheat flour and just cover up the water with the flour just as we play with sand. Cover and let it for 30 minutes. Give a quick mix/knead and make rotis. I have always seen my in laws doing this but I have never given a thought of doing it.Recently I learnt from my school friend that this is such an easy way make chapathi/roti/phulkha and it is called “AUTOLYSIS” and I gained more confidence as I referred here.Yes…It took me almost 2.5 years to give a try and now I am always following this recipe to make roti.Believe me !The result was a perfect success. It might take you 2 or 3 trials to fix up on the right ratios as the wheat flour each of us use might differ.A few more insights about autolysis method which I read across before trying. Autolysis on a general term refers to destruction of a cell by its own enzymes or in just a word it is “self splitting”.When it comes to baking or kneading dough it means enzymes in the flour (amylase and protease)start breaking down starch and protein in the flour.Ok OK.. Let me stop here and get into the recipes.

thakkai thokku

Onion & Tomato Thokku Recipe:

  • Tomato-1 cup(chopped finely)
  • Onion-1 cup(Chopped finely)
  • Chilly powder-1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil-To cook

To temper:(Optional)

  • Mustard Seeds-1/4 tsp
  • Urad dhal-1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves-Handful

thakkali thokku


1.Get all the ingredients ready.

2.In a frying pan add oil and temper(I did not temper)

to mato thokku

3.Add onion and saute till they turn soft.

to mato thokku

4.Add chilly powder and turmeric powder and toss.

5.Add chopped tomatoes and fry them well.

tomato thokku

6.Let this get cooked in low -medium flame for 10 minutes.

7.The mixture would have got thickened .

tomato thokku

8.Add salt and serve.

tomato thokku


Chapathi Dough Recipe:(Autolysis Method-Less Kneading)

  • Wheat Flour-3 cups
  • Water(Warm)-1.5 cups
  • Salt -As per taste
  • Oil-3 tsp
chapathi dough recipe no kneading


1.Get all the ingredients ready.

2.Add salt and oil to warm water and mix them well.

chapathi dough recipe no kneading

3.When the water is still warm,add it slowly to the flour and mix using a ladle.

autolysis chappathi dough making

4.After a few stirs,the dough will look like sand mixture.

5.Cover this with a warm cloth for 30 minutes.

autolysis chappathi dough making

6.The dough is almost ready.


7.Knead it slightly to the texture you want and make soft roti/phulkha/chappathi.

chapathi dough recipe no kneading with tomato thokku


If you are packing this for travel,bring both to room temperature and pack.

The Onion & tomato thokku stays good for two days in room temperature(Ensure there is no water remaining at the end.Cook till that stage).

Adjust spices and oil as per taste.

The dough making process might seem impossible on seeing but as you repeat and gain experience this method will significantly reduce your effort.

Avoid salt for babies below one year.

Please have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food.

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