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Kothamalli Karuveppilai Thokku

By: Unknown
Region: Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Breakfast/Tiffins/Snacks
Servings: 6
Time to Prepare: 30 Mins


Curry leaves- 1 bunch
Coriander leaves - 1 bunch
Urid dhal- 2 to 3 tsp
Pepper corns- 1 tsp
Coriander seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seed- 1 tsp
Tamarind- one gooseberry size
Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - about 3 to 4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Toor dhal - 1 tsp
Dry Red chilies - 5 to 6 numbers
Salt - as necessary

For Tempering

Cooking oil - 50 ml (Gingelly oil is preferred)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Chana dhal - 1 tsp
Urid dhal - 1 tsp


In a hot pan, pour gingelly oil and allow it to become hot. Add urid dhal, toor dhal and pepper corns. Stir it continuously till it becomes brown in color (It must not turn black).
Add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, dry red chilies one by one and stir continuously.
Add the tamarind, turmeric powder and stir well.
After it gets roasted well, add the curry leaves and coriander leaves. Stir well. Add oil if necessary.
Now add salt and saute everything.
Once the leaves and other ingredients get stirred properly and slightly cooked, put off the stove. Allow it to cool.
Now grind it in a mixie. In this add salt or red chili powder if necessary.
Now we will do the garnishing. In a hot pan, add gingelly oil and allow it to become hot.
Now add channa dhal, mustard seeds and urid dhal and stir continuously till it becomes light brown. Now add the grinded paste and mix.
Allow it to cook by stirring in between.The color of this thokku turns from green to dark green color and the oil starts to float on the top.
Add jaggery. The thokku is ready to serve with rice


Traditionally all rice mixes are served with steaming hot white rice. Just a spoon-full when mixed with white rice is a very satisfying meal. Just some appalam (papads) are enough as an accompaniment.
It can also be served idli, dosa or chapatti.

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