CherryKachal/ Thokku (Spicy Cherry Preserve)

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CherryKachal/ Thokku (Spicy Cherry Preserve)

When first tasted it after making this rather incredible thokku, almost in unison, my hubby and I declared it was cherry kachal – let it be known he said pulikachal  and gave me the idea to call it a cherry kachal.
Memorial weekend and nothing to do – WRONG – we went to a beautiful orchard set in a very scenic place about 45 minutes from where we live – the weather was perfect and there we were, six of us, my little one leading the pack, all armed with plastic bags. Long story short, we got SO carried away, we ended up with 20 lbs of cherries- Since they expect you to buy all of the cherries you pick, we ended up buying $80 worth of cherries :) !!! Not an issue since my head was immediately buzzing with the different things I can make with them – The pie was the first of course. When we came home, we got busy washing and sorting them into grades of ripeness. Before we made our way to the actual trees with the dark fully ripened cherries, our enthusiasm had led us to pick not so ripe ones – My three year old went about it with clear intent and picked a bunch of red, pink and semi-rotten ones – all part of the deal folks.
My kids, hubby and mother-in-law (who is visiting) took the lead role in washing, sorting, pitting process. While I got busy listening keenly to my good friend Stephanie from Joy of Baking, refreshing my pie-crust recipe.

That will be a post to follow. The semi ripe ones are the ones that I decided to make this thokku with.  I decided on a really simple recipe and let the cherries take on the spices and do what they will with it. And we ended up with a tangy, tongue-tickling thokku, perfect as a side for bondas, doasi and idli, or to mix with freshly prepared fluffy white rice :)

here is my recipe

ingredients
2lbs pitted semi-ripe cherries
5 green chilies
5 red dry chilies
1tbsp whole black peppers
2 tsp urad dal
2 tsp crushed rosemary
a small pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup of gingely oil (sesame oil) (approx 6 tbsp)
salt

Preparation

Dry fry the green chilies, red chilies, peppers, urad dal and rosemary and dry grind into a powder.
Take 1/3 of the cherries (aprrox) and grind them coarse –
Add 2 tbsp of oil and and add the powder and roast for a minute.
Add the ground up cherries and the remaining pitted cherries into the pan
Add salt (about 3 tsp) and all it all to simmer and simmer and simmer in a low flame
in intervals of 5-7 minutes, keep adding a tbsp of oil until you’ve exhausted the oil
You will have a finely simmered thokku in about 45 minutes.

Allow it to cool down. Transfer into a mason jar. Refrigerate and use as needed.

Skills

Posted on

May 29, 2012

31 Comments

  1. 80$ for cherries … Am sure you got carried away :)))

    Love the tokku …lovely color and awesome recipe !!

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  2. Something very new and interesting

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  3. Loved the idea of cherry thokku…Looks yumm…

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  4. Cheerykaichal is perfect Priya :)

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  5. Yes, all part of the deal! This sounds great. Though in Singapore, cherries are such a luxury that I cannot think of this :-)

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  6. Very innovative, the thokku looks so good..

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  7. wow!!!so innovative..can imagine the sweet and sour taste of this chutney.so delicious and tempting.

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  8. how interesting! i bet that is so delicious with the cherries! YUM! thanks for sharing!

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  9. Omg, preserve looks superr delicious,tonguetickling and fingerlicking.

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  10. Delicious and mouthwatering cherry preserve.

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  11. Lucky you Priya! Wish we had a Cherry orchard here! Am not a fan of cherry chutneys and such, but this looks and sounds tempting!

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  12. Hey this is so good! A wonderful preserve which must be ever so good homemade.

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  13. Just loved this Thokku. It looks so tempting. I can only imagine how it would have tasted :)

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  14. Lovely recipe Priya… Wish you could link this to our Serve It – Preserved event this month…

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  15. Wonderful idea. I am sure the cherry thokku must have tasted delicious.

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  16. Innovative recipe,makes me drool

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  17. Haha, I wouln`t even know what to do with $10 worth of cherries, but 80?! Though it looks like it was put to good use 😉

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  18. This recipe is just so you!*if I may say so)
    Who else can think of 'cherry kachal'? Yummy looking, only wish cherries were so easy to find here too!

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  19. That is one awesome recipe 😀 Love the look of it ..

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  20. Very new to me. looks nice..

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  21. This sounds wonderful. You are good.

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  22. Wow….$80 of cherries were put to good use Priya… mouthwatering thokku!!

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