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January 15, 2014


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Kothamalli thokku
Kothamalli thokku was in my try list for long time.Last month my in-laws were here.We had a nice time together.Whenever my MIL visits my house,i tell her to make  some of her signature recipes like thogayal,pickles etc.One such recipe is this kothamalli thokku.She brought a big bunch of fresh coriander leaves from salem.We made kothamalli thogayal and this thokku.We enjoyed it for a week.It can be mixed with plain rice and also serves as a good side dish for idli,dosa mixed with gingely oil.Whenever i feel lazy to make side dishes for idli,dosa i keep this as accompaniment.Simple and yummy !!
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Kothamalli thokku

 Coriander leaves thokku/Kothamalli thokku for rice,idli,dosa
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sides
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Coriander leaves - 1 cup (tightly packed)
  • Round Urad dal - 3 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 6-8 nos
  • Tamarind - Medium gooseberry size ( pinch into small pieces)
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Jaggery-1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed

  • Wash & cut the coriander leaves roughly using scissors.Spread them in a paper overnight or in shade for 6 hours.If u are not able to do this,follow as given in next step.The point is coriander leaves should be dry without water content.
  • In a kadai,heat oil and roast the chillies,urad dal and set aside. U can fry them separately or together.In the same kadai,saute the coriander leaves and tamarind pieces.Saute till it shrinks in quantity.
kothamalli thokku step by step
  • First grind red chillies,salt .Then add the sauteed coriander leaves & tamarind ,jaggery without adding water.Lastly add the roasted urad dal and grind them together coarsely.
kothamalli thokku step by step picture
  • Remove and store in an air tight box after it cools down.
  • Mix with plain rice or serve as a side dish for hot idli,dosa topped with gingely oil.Tastes yummy.
  • If u dry the leaves in shade,u don’t have to saute in oil.Just roast the other ingredients and grind everything together. Otherwise sautéing coriander leaves is a must as it should be dry without water content.
  • Pinch the tamarind into small pieces and then saute.It helps to roast it well and also keep the thokku dry with long shelf life.
  • It can be stored in an air tight box and can be had for more than a week without refrigeration.With refrigeration,u can keep it for more than a month too.Use a clean spoon every time.

coriander --thokku 


  1. There is something about kothamalli that gives a very refreshing flavor.. I just love it.. This thokku looks super delicious.. :)

  2. Very tempting one chitra.I too feel lazy to make side dish sometimes that time this comes in handy.

  3. very healthy and delicious thokku, love it Chitra...

  4. wow thats a very very flavouful and yummy thogayal :) my fav ..tempting me !!

  5. I love this one chitra all time fav

  6. Kothamalli thokku is great on flavours. Very healthy dish and picute is so inviting. I would love to add jaggery too to this as the combination of sour-sweet is very nice. What do you think?

    1. Oh yes.I did add but forgot to mention.thanks for reminding me dear :) will update now

  7. Lovely thokku, we too make in the same way but never tried coarse grinding.

  8. Love this thokku, I use the same ingredients, but I have never made a dry version..

  9. Super delicious, flavorful thokku.


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