Monday, 11 January 2010

Green Tamarind Thokku – MIL’s Recipe

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Hi Friends.

It’s my privilege that I am posting my MIL’s preparation today. When I told her I will post the recipe in your name, she asked me why I would want to do that? My answer was as simple, who ever makes it should get the recognition.

I have mentioned several times earlier that my MIL is an excellent cook. I am extremely fortunate to have learnt many recipes from her and I still keep bugging her for more… When ever I ask her she says very sweetly..TUMKO KO TO SAB AATA HAI, to which I tell her..NO, NO I STILL HAVE TO LEARN A LOT FROM YOU. Then she will say I MAKE EVERYTHING BY APPROX MEASUREMENTS..to which I would reply TELL ME THOSE, THEY ARE PERFECT. Believe me friends this is no exaggeration but our conversation is exactly like this whenever I ask her a recipe. She is a very affectionate lady (though she will always portray her stern side) and am glad to have her as my MIL.

The thokku is extremely simple to make (I realised that when she explained me the procedure) but it’s very very tasty. I have not been able to stop eating this ever since I have received it. Yes, do not turn green, I got a pack full of this amazing stuff!!! It’s spicy, tangy and absolutely yummmm. Do I really need to ask for anything else to pamper my taste buds….. another packet of this is perfectly okay with me, MIL.Open-mouthed 

Ingredients

1/2 kg raw green tamarind/ kacchi imli

salt

400 gm green chilies

1-1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

3-4 whole turmeric/ 4 tsp turmeric pwd (halkunda)

filtered groundnut oil

mustard seeds

Method

  • Cut  tamarind into 1” pieces and remove the threads / de-string them.
  • Mash the tamarind with a stone, rub some salt and keep aside (this helps tamarind release it’s own water).
  • Leave it overnight like this. Next day with the help of hands remove the seeds.
  • Roast the fenugreek seeds in a pan without oil.
  • In a grinder take the deseeded and mashed tamarind, green chilies, turmeric, fenugreek seed and salt to taste. Grind the mix.
  • Store this in an airtight container in a refrigerator. This can stay for an year if it’s untouched by water.
  • Whenever the thokku is to be used, remove a portion into a bowl, heat some groundnut oil (use the filtered and not the refined oil, this adds to the flavor) and splutter some mustard seeds in it, put this baghar on the thokku and it’s ready to serve. It can also be eaten without the baghar also.
  • Serve it as a chutney or mix it with hot steamed rice and eat.

Did I forgot to mention that S had asked that filtered oil to be parcelled here from BLR…. One can surely understand that we are all gluttons in the family.

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41 comments:

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

:)looks very delicious ..i can eat dozen of dosa with these...

PJ said...

Pari, this is such a keeper recipe and your writeup is so very sweet too! Love the tamarind thokku. I think your husband's demand of having the filtered oil shipped is totally worth it for a recipe like this :)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

This looks super delicious. This recipe is totally new to me.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Mmmmmmm,tangy thokku. Simple recipe, yet tasty. Would definitely give a try soon.

Chitchat

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely simple recipe... A very sweet writeup on your MIL...

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Looks very tempting.....nice one to pass on to the next generation.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

looks very tasty!!
Dear, I would like to share Kreative blogger award with you. Please collect it from my blog!!

Nandini said...

Tangy and tasty thokku. Always my fav. I have tasted this slurpy thokku from my school friend's lunch box :)

Cilantro said...

My mother-in-law is a very affectionate too and she always portrasy her stern side like yours. I have learn`t a lot of her recipes.
Thokku looks very delicious.

Prathibha said...

hmmm...very yummy thokku..I love anything with tamarind and especially raw ones...love that green color a lot...
saas-bahu...accha jodi!!!

Shri said...

Looks absolutely lovely,Pari!

Rekha shoban said...

quite new recipe for me...looks yummy!

shanthi said...

my granny used to do this. Definitely tasty and tangy

Khaugiri said...

Slurp...Slurp tempting dear:)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Perfect to have with hot rice.. :)..nice snap Pari... :)

priya said...

very tasty and yummy recipe, dear..thx for sharing!

Akal's Saappadu said...

lucky you !! for having inherited a nice mil !!! delicious thokku I 'm discovering!!!the recipe sounds very tasty!!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Very new to me and absolutely mouthwatering recipe Pari!! The colour is awesome!

Priya said...

Yummmmm!! tangy tamarind thokku looks fantastic...Adorable MIL u got Pari..

Katy ~ said...

You are so fortunate to have such a dear MIL who will share her recipes. Certainly you honor her with your wish to continue.

This looks interesting, new to me, of course. I would certainly like a nice big scoop to sample.

Deepa G Joshi said...

nice chutney recipe...

Latha said...

Thokku looks very inviting.....

Nice write up....

Rachana Kothari said...

Looks really delicious..have never had it, will try soon.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Pari,
Thanks for visiting my spot and for your nice comments. You have a nice space here. Nice mouth-watering thokku. Looks very tempting.

Pari said...

saraswathy eat the dozen dosas and do let me know it tasted.
PJ, the groundnut oil did add to the taste, I am lucky to have a demanding husband. LOL
Thanks Renuka for sharing the award with me.
Lassie so nice of you to drop by.
Friends I am surely lucky to have such a caring MIL. She pampers everyone with here preparations when we visit her.
UN, u are so lucky to have tasted it in the lunch box.

Pari said...

Sailaja, I totally agree, it is surely something that I would ask my next generation to know. I guess my blog will do that.

Katy thanks for that generous comment but truly my MIL deserves all the accolades.

Glad to hear that Cilantro, we are blessed with such a nice MIL.

prasu said...

My favorite dear........ut tokku is really really making me droool dear. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious thokku dear...new to me

Vrinda said...

nice curry and very new to me....

Mangala Bhat said...

nice one!very new to me!

Padma said...

Nice color of the thokku Pari. Delicious and tangy.

Uma said...

mmm. I love this thokku so much. My mother makes this so deliciously. I miss it so much. Now you're tempting me again with that mouth-watering picture. thanks for the yummy recipe Pari!!

Siddhi S said...

hey pari very nice recipe...its new 2 me...spicy n tangy

munchcrunchandsuch said...

pari, i loved the way u have written abt ur MIL. well, I love my MIL to death..she is one awesome lady and her cooking never fails..touchwood and god bless ur family. this kachi imli is new to me..that color is really inviting..will hunt for it here.

Preety said...

my frnd will love this,i am passing this recipe to her..nice click

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Pari , thanks a lot for leaving nice comments on my blog. That's what i love about food blogging......everyday i get to learn something new. Like this tangy chutney is new to me. Definitely going to try it out. Will be following you.
http://hamareerasoi.blogspot.com/
Deepa

sowmya.s said...

am drooling looking at that..yummy..

Padhu said...

Sounds interesting ! This is new to me.

Malar Gandhi said...

You are lucky to have your MIL, who also likes to share her recipe...thats a sweet conversation:) Portray stern, lol. Thats a lovely recipe:)

Bergamot said...

mmmm lip smacking...

Rohini said...

Wow.... Simply delicious one dear.. Loved the way you talked about your MIL..so sweet!! :)

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