Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kottamalli Tokku - Coriander Relish

My husband is very enthusiastic when it comes to shopping for food items. I really get inspired to cook a variety of dishes with all the different coloured fresh vegetables he purchases. But to my greatest horror he keeps getting bundles and bundles of coriander every time he returns from shopping. Most of the time I have to discard the half used up, dry old bundle half heartedly when the new bundle arrives. God bless the kindly greengrocer who drops an extra bundle of coriander as kosru ( complementary ) in our shopping bag even in these days of sky rocketing prices !
After tasting the store bought Kottamalli Tokku at my daughter's place I decided to prepare tokku at home using all the kottamalli ( coriander ) my husband buys from time to time. Now we have a constant supply of kottamalli tokku which we relish with every meal !

Fresh coriander - 1 bundle ( makes two loosely packed cups when chopped)
Red chillies - 5
salt - 2 tsps
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Tamarind - 1 marble size ( soaked  in 1/4 cup of warm water )
Jaggery - 1 tsp
Gingely oil - 2 tbsps
Mustard seeds - 1 pinch
1. Remove the roots and wash the fresh coriander thoroughly before chopping. The stems can also be used as it is good fiber and it also adds to the body of the finished dish.
2. Dry roast fenugreek seeds till  brown in colour and add the red chillies to it.
3. Roast till the chillies are crisp and the fenugreek seeds become dark brown in colour.
4. Heat 1/4 tsp of oil in a pan and add asafoetida followed by the chopped fresh coriander.
5. Saute till the leaves wilt.
6. When the coriander cools down grind it with the roasted fenugreek seeds and red chillies, salt, tamarind and jaggery into a smooth paste. Add the water used for soaking the tamarind while grinding.
7. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and add mustard seeds.
8. When the mustard seeds splutter add the ground paste.
9. Keep stirring and cook till the oil separates.


Cool and store the Kottamalli Tokku in a clean dry bottle. Enjoy it with hot rice and a dollop of ghee. Relish it with dosas or chapaties. Spread it on bread for a tongue tickling sandwich.

15 Post your Comments:

Ramachandran said...

tasted very good with dosas and chappatis. appa

Chitra said...

My MIl makes similar to this.Love to have with plain rice.

YOSEE said...

nice relish.

Priya Suresh said...

Tongue tickling thokku..yumm!

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jayasree said...

Mouthwatering thokku...

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KrithisKitchen said...

Delicious and droolworthy thokku... Thanks for sending to the event..
Herbs & Flowers in my Platter - Coriander/Cilantro

swapna said...

Tempting thokku...would love to have with dosa!!

TamilRockzs said...

தங்களை tamilrockzs official வலைப்பூ குழுமத்தில் பெருமையுடன் அறிமுக படுத்தி இருக்கிறோம் .
நேரம் இருக்கும் போது வந்து பாருங்கள் . தங்கள் வரவை எதிர் பார்க்கும் நல்ல உள்ளங்கள் .
பதிவுலகில் பெண்கள் ...... ( )

நன்றி ,
அன்புடன் ,

குறையொன்றுமில்லை. said...

கொத்துமல்லி தொக்கு ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு.

TamilRockzs said...

அம்மா ,
எங்களது அழைப்பை ஏற்று தங்கள் வருகைக்கு மிக்க நன்றி . நேரம் கிடைக்கும் போது தங்களும் நமது வலைப்பூ குழுமத்தில் பதிவிட அன்புடன் அழைக்கிறோம் , மேலும் எமது வலைப்பூவின் இளம் பதிவாளர்களுக்கு தொடர்ந்து ஆதரவு தந்து ஊக்கபடுதவும் .

நன்றி ,

Unknown said...

Superb looking thokku - nothing beats fresh and home made :)

Robert's Kitchen Ideas said...

Really tasty tokku...meal can't be completed without this..!!!

இராஜராஜேஸ்வரி said...

nice thokku..yumm!