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Tomato Choka in Instant Pot

Tomato Choka {Trinidad Style}

Spicy Tomato Choka - a Trinidadian side made with roasted tomatoes and garlic, chopped onions, and hot peppers. Serve it with rice or sada roti or enjoy with some Bihari-style litti and baigan Choka. This traditional tomato Choka is the easiest Trinidadian dish to try.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Trinidad
Keyword: Guyenese choka, tomato choka, Trinidad tomato choka
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 54kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $5


  • Instant pot


  • 5 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves with skin we will remove skin after roasting
  • 2 Serrano peppers or any hot peppers or choice remove seeds if you don’t like a hot Choka
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 small onion chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil or olive oil
  • Freshly chopped cilantro for garnish


Prep Tomatoes

  • Remove the vines from the tomatoes and wash them.
  • Wipe them dry and proceed to the next step.

CrispLid/Air-fryer Broil

  • Take the CrispLid basket and line it with aluminum foil.
  • Add tomatoes, hot peppers and garlic and spray the veggies lightly with oil.
  • Preheat the CrispLid at 350F for 5-minutes.
  • Cook the veggies on the basket for 8-minutes and flip and cook for another 6-minutes. The tomatoes, garlic and peppers should look charred.

Stovetop Roasting

  • Place a grill on the gas flames. Now add tomatoes (with vines removed), garlic, and peppers on it. Roast the veggies till the outer skin is charred and wrinkled.

Oven Broil

  • Arrange the veggies or a baking sheet and place the sheet on the top rack. Lightly spray the veggies with oil and broil them until the skins are charred. It takes around 8-12 minutes for all veggies to roast well.
  • Remove the veggies after roasting and allow them to cool down. When it’s cool enough to handle, peel the tomatoes and discard the skins. Gently, squeeze the garlic and collect the pulp.
  • In a large bowl, take peeled roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, chili pepper and chopped onions. Add salt and crush the tomatoes with other veggies to a smooth pulpy mass. There might be some hard mass while mashing tomatoes. You can either remove those or cut the hard mass into small pieces. Mix everything well.
  • Now heat a small pan and add oil, and allow it to smoke.
  • Once the oil smokes, drizzle it over the tomato Choka and mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.


You can use a mortar and pestle to smash the tomatoes with garlic and chili.
Discard the chili seeds if you don’t want a hot dish.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.3g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 0.4g