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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

Kothamalli thokku - Kothamalli thokku recipe dry  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

1 cup - 200ml

  • 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.

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divyagcp said...

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

Priya said...

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

Priya Anandakumar said...

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

Divya Shivaraman said...

perfectly healthy thokku

Unknown said...

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

Janani said...

I love this one chitra all time fav

Menaga Sathia said...

Super fav one!!

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Lovely its flavors

Rajani said...

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?

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

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

Chitra said...

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

Hema said...

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

foodgalleri said...

Super delicious, flavorful thokku.