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Showing posts with label Thogaiyals. Show all posts

September 13, 2011



This is my husband's favorite thogayal. It tastes the best when paired with vatral kuzhambu . Its is a delectable combination.

1 cup - 200ml
  • Moong dal - 1/8 cup ( 2 tbsp)
  • Toor dal - 1/8 cup (2 tbsp)
  • Red chilly - 1 no
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp 
  • Pepper corns - 1/2-1 tsp ( adjust)
  • Garlic cloves - 6 nos
  • Salt - As reqd
  • Take a kadai and add a tbsp of oil. Fry the dals along with red chillies.
  • Once its cool, grind adding salt , grated coconut and little water to make a paste.
  • Crush the pepper corns and garlic cloves using a mortar n pestle,add to this thogayal & run the mixie.
  • Add little water if required to bring the desired consistency.
Mix with plain rice adding sesame oil ..Enjoy !!

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December 3, 2010


I wanted to try thogayal with mullangi for a long time.We all usually make sambar , poriyal & roti . I tried this way to make thogayal . It tasted yummy when mixed with plain rice & ghee.I dint find the raw smell at all.Try this ladies !! I am sure u’ll love it..

Mullangi thuvayal

  • Radish – 2 nos (medium sized)
  • Red chilly – 4 - 5 nos
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size
  • Urad dal – 1.5 tsp
  • Ginger – 1/4 inch piece ( cut into small pieces )
  • Salt & water – as needed.
  • Cooking oil – As needed.
  • Peel the skin & grate the radish.Saute radish with ginger in 1 tbsp of oil till it gets cooked . Saute in low flame .Then remove & set aside.
  • Roast the red chilly & urad dal with hing using 1 tbsp of oil.
  • Grind everything with tamarind, salt & water.
Mix with hot plain rice topped with ghee and enjoy !!

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May 13, 2010



My MIL prepared this pacha milgai chutney for me yesterday. When I was pregnant, I felt like having something spicy & tangy like Elandhavadai ( in tamil). On those days she used to prepare this chutney just for me and I relished it. Again after a long time we had this chutney yesterday for idli. It tasted excellent. Spice lovers must try this. I am sure you would love it. I think people from Andhra know this chutney very well. 

  • Green chilly (Long ones ) – 4 nos
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size (soak in very little warm water)
  • Salt – As needed.
  • Powdered Jaggery – Small berry size / Sundakkai size
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
To temper :
  • Gingely oil / Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Method :
  • Heat a kadai with 1 tbsp of cooking oil and saute the green chillies.
  • Remove and allow it to cool.
  • Grind all the ingredients given above with green chillies to make a smooth paste. Add little water if necessary.
  • Heat a kadai with a tbsp of sesame oil and splutter mustard seeds. Pour this chutney into the kadai , saute for sometime till it turns thick and switch off the flame.

Note :
If you want to keep this chutney for months, you should saute well till it becomes a whole mass like thokku ( no trace of water). Transfer it to an air tight container. My MIL’s mother prepare this chutney in large quantity whenever chilli price comes down and becomes cheap. But yesterday we made it very less. So I dint saute the chutney. I just tempered, added the chutney and switched off the flame immediately. 

The secret of this chutney lies in the amount of tamarind we use. If you add more tamarind the chutney will be less spicy but more tangy and vice versa. So tamarind and green chillies used should match each other. Please adjust according to the measurements given above.

Do try and Enjoy this chutney with Idli , Dosa and curd rice !! Don’t forget to let me know your feedback. 

Milagai chutney

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November 25, 2009


I tried this thogayal from a cookbook. A very tasty thogayal that goes well with plain rice topped with sesame oil.
chow chow thogayal

  • Chayote / Chow chow – 1 no( medium size)
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size
  • Red chilly – 3-4 nos
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetida – 1 pinch.
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water – As needed.
Method :
  • Heat a kadai with a tbsp of oil and add red chilly, urad , channa dal and hing.
  • Roast till the dals turn golden brown.Set aside.
  • Peel off the skin of chayote and chop finely.Saute and cook till soft.
  • Let it cool down and then grind everything with tamarind ,salt and water.
  • Serve with plain rice & sesame oil..
 chow chow thogayal 1

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September 29, 2009

Vazhaithandu Thogayal - Plantain Stem Thuvaiyal Recipe

We usually make poriyal & pachadi with vazhaithandu..This vazhaithandu thogayal / Banana stem thogayal may be new to some of u.. It tastes yum when mixed with plain rice  adding sesame oil and easy to prepare too. It tastes more like thengai thogayal. We likes this a lot. U can also do this for a change. Try & let me know how you liked this vazhaithandu chutney for rice.

vazhaithandu thogayal

Ingredients :
  • Raw Banana stem / plantain stem / Vazhaithandu – 1 no (medium size)
  • Red chilly – 3 to 4 nos
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Hing – 2-3 generous pinches
  • Salt & water – as required.
  • Oil – 1-2 tbsp
  • Remove the fibre (thread like portion ) from the banana stem and chop it finely.
  • Soak the chopped pieces into buttermilk or water and set aside.
  • Heat a pan with a tbsp of oil and roast the urad dal , redchillies and hing.Keep aside.
  • Heat the kadai with a tbsp of oil and add the chopped stem after draining the water / buttermilk ..
  • Saute well till its completely cooked.Its quantity will be reduced to half.It may take 10mins. Adding salt at this stage helps in quick cooking.
  • Let it cool.Finally grind the cooked stem with roasted ingredients & tamarind , water to a smooth paste.
  • Mix with plain rice topped with sesame oil / ghee !!  serve with papad as an accompaniment !!
vazhaithandu thogayal 2

Bye for now friends :)
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