Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Onion tomato corriander thokku/chutney

The days are getting hotter and hotter. Summer, technically at least, is still a month away but the temperature where I live is already in the 40s. This means that spending time in the kitchen is something that I progressively avoid. These days I have taken to cooking late in the evening so that the sun doesn't glare at me blindingly through the kitchen window. The next day's lunch is usually made,packed and refrigerated during these relatively cooler hours. This onion-tomato-corriander thokku is something that I put together last night. It started out as the tomato thokku that I regularly make as an accompaniment for methi theplas, but then I thought why not add in some onion and corriander, both ingredients which make for awesome thokku by themselves. And as they say, the rest is history and this recipe was born.

What you need:
Onion - 2, medium sized, cut into large chunks
Tomato - 9, medium sized, cut into large pieces
Coriander - 1/3 cup, chopped
Garlic - 6 cloves
Green/red chilli - 2 (adjust to taste - I made mine only mildly spicy)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Split urad dal - 1 tsp
Bengal gram dal - 1 tsp

Grind to a smooth paste onions, tomato, corriander, garlic and chilli. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, urad and bengal gram dal. When the mustard seeds pop, reduce the heat and add the ground mixture to the pan. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well, cover and let it cook, stirring every now and then to avoid burning, until all the moisture evaporates and the mixture becomes thick.
Serve with methi theplas/roti/puri/idli/dosa.....well, it goes well with just about anything. Makes for a flavourful sandwich spread too.


Vimitha Durai said...

Perfect side for dosas
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virunthu unna vaanga said...

wow super yummy n hot chutney... will have extra idlies or dosa with it...

sra said...

Is this what the hotels call onion chutney? Must make it one day, we have a surfeit of onions at home now.

sra said...

Is this what the hotels call onion chutney? Must make it one day, we have a surfeit of onions at home now.

great-secret-of-life said...

I am eating idli now .. would like grab this to have with idli

lata raja said...

I like all those as individual thokkus and together the flavours will blend well. Thanks for a super recipe which is just cooking for the night's dinner!

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very nice and yummy!
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Rajani said...

Should try this one -never tried onion in thokku!