Jan 24, 2011

Vengaya/Onion thokku

        Thokku is a kind of pickle where the vegetable/fruit is mashed well, cooked in oil  and seasoned with suitable spices. Raw mango and tomato thokku are the most popular forms of thokku. The 'grand sweets ' thokku varieties has become so popular these days. They are so irresistable and the favourite at our place is their onion thokku. I tried to recreate something similar. We enjoyed it with rice, chapatis ,dosas and everything else. So I think I was certainly successful to some extent. Try it and you will fall in love with it just like us.
vengaya/onion thokku
Onion- 6 to 7 medium sized
Dried red chillies-10-12
Whole pepper- 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendayam- 1/4tsp
Tamarind pulp- 2tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Sesame oil- 1/2 cup
Red chilly powder- 1tsp or more (if you want it more spicier)
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
Salt- 2tsp
Hing- 1/4 tsp( I did not add)

  Chop the onions and grind it to a smooth paste. Dry roast the dried red chillies,fenugreek seeds and whole pepper. Cool and grind it to a fine powder. Now heat the oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and hing. When it crackles, add the onion paste along with the ground powder. Add the red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt. Add the tamarind pulp. Keep stirring till the mixture becomes very thick. It will take around 25 -30 minutes. You will see some oil on the top.Your thokku is ready.
     You can serve this with dosas or even rotis or as a bread spread. But we love it with curd rice.
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