Green Chili Thokku (Preserve)

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Green Chili Thokku (Preserve)

My garden was bursting with green chilies and we kept collecting in the hope that we would get some spicy ones – Alas to our disappointment, although they were extremely aromatic and flavorful and raised our expectations no end about its spiciness. Ironically, they lacked the sting which is a quality all of us proper South Indians look for in our green chilies.  We have learnt now that we have to plant the different varieties of chilies at least a 10 feet away from each other because what can happen if you plant spicy ones and sweeter peppers side by side, one takes over the flavor of the other, in our case the sweet dominated the spicy :(  So a lesson learnt for next year. Joke is I had to use store-bought green chilies and a few red chilies to spice up my chili chutney (lol)  But it smells phenomenally good and and tastes incredible, esp with thachu mammu or yogurt rice; a fab spread on sandwiches and with chappatis and cheese…

Presenting to you my Green Chili Thokku/Preserve – also sharing a couple of fun art I made with them.

Ingredients

3lbs of Fresh green chilies

4 thai green chilies (not required if you have spicy chilies already)

1/2 cup of urad dal

1tsp of tamarind paste

1/4 tsp of asafetida

1tsp turmeric

5tbsp Gingely/sesame oil

salt

Tempering with mustard seeds
Method

de stem the chilies and keep readyIn 2 tbsp of oil roast the urad dal until golden brownIn a wide pan add 2 tbsp of oil and add the green chilies and allow them to cook until lightly brownedAdd the salt, tamarind and asafetida to this and stir for a little longerCool and grind Add a tbsp of raw sesame oil to the top to keep it preserved. Enjoy in any which way you want to :)

Chili Thokku
Skills

Posted on

October 3, 2012

25 Comments

  1. nice presentation..

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  2. Amusing narration and awesome chatpata thokku. I am having "thachi mammu" today :)

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  3. I too made the same mistake, planting it closer and found the difference…Love the spread..

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  4. Hot and fiery thokku..Love the way you have written ur space's name with those chillies;

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  5. Wow ! Really its tempting me to taste it right now :)

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  6. Mmmm…what a wonderful seasoning! Sounds delicious! Love your artwork with the chiles too — beautifully done!

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  7. Delicious and spicy thokku Priya.

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  8. wow ..this is so gud ….looks so spicy hot

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  9. Thokku looks finger licking good.Loved your art using chilies.

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  10. wow, i can imagine its taste. tongue tickling 😉

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  11. Very nice thokku Priya. Lovely harvest dear. Thanks for the info on planting chillies. I didn't knew it. My neighbor planted some spicy chillies from the dry red chilly (kancha milagai) we generally buy from Indian grocery store and some plants gave spicy chili….some turned non spicy….I understand the reason now. Art is cute:)

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  12. lovely! love, love the new look of your site, the green chilies from your garden, your creativity with the names, and yes, this hot chili dish. missed you girl, hope all's well. take care.

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  13. hot n spicy thokku…..fabulous presentation…

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  14. Awesome pressentation and sizzling chutney

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