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Trini-style Tomato Choka Recipe

This simple, delicious Trinidadian (and Indian) dish is made with tomatoes, onion, garlic, pepper and seasonings. And it has strong, fresh, smoky flavors.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: choka


  • 6 red tomatoes (large)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 tsp oil (coconut or mustard)
  • pepper
  • seasoning (Caribbean green seasoning, culantro, or cilantro)


  • Wash tomatoes and garlic. Place them on an open flame (you can use skewers, a wire grill rack or grill basket or just lay them directly on the stove burner).
  • Turn the tomatoes and garlic to ensure even charring. The skins should become black and the tomatoes should soften.
  • Once soft, remove from flame. Add to a bowl of cold water for a few seconds.
  • Next, carefully peel the tomato and garlic skin.
  • Mash the tomato flesh and garlic.
  • Mix in diced onion, pepper, seasonings and salt.
  • Warm the oil and add to the choka.