Monday, September 8, 2008

Tomato - Green Chilli Thokku


I've been slammed at work lately. Moved to a new project recently and its keeping me busy. I came home late, so was feeling lazy to cook today, and I didn't have much stuff in the fridge too . Tiredness makes me low on inspiration, so wasn't in a mood to be creative either . But all I knew was that all of us were hungry and I had to cook something to fill our tummies before any of us turn cranky :)

My fridge usually is stuffed when the week begins, but it was odd to see my fridge empty on a monday. I had so much planned to get done for the weekend, but can't remember getting anything significantly done. Saturday kind of evaporated. Don't know how, and I guess we've been just lazing around too much with absolutely no mood for outdoors. Sometimes it happens. No matter how nice the day is or how much ever time I have, I get the feeling of staying indoors and watch tv, browse or even just lie on the couch and simply stare the cieling:) It may sound ridiculous, but for the past 2 days this is how I've been feeling myself. I'm typically not that kind of person and usually would like to keep myself occupied as much as possible. But I think occasionally spoiling ourselves helps regain that energy :)

Well, with nothing much left in the fridge, I had to comeup with something that can be of a quick remedy. I was thinking of having paruppu podi (the readymade one) and potatoes for dinner, but then I remembered the Long-Live-The-Shelf Event hosted by Roma. That convinced me to might as well make something on my own instead of paruppu podi so that I can atleast send the entry for the event. This thokku (pickle/chutney) requires nothing but tomatoes and g.chillies and I had enough of them in the fridge. Another of my mother-in-law's collection. It could be enjoyed by mixing with plain-rice (instant tomato rice), or as a side for curd-rice. It tastes divine with curd-rice!

This entry goes for Roma's Long-Live-Shelf-Event.

Ingredients:
  • Tomatoes: 5 large
  • Garlic - 5 cloves (big size) or 8 (medium size)
  • G.chillies - 7 or 8
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp (add more if the tomatoes aren't that sour)
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Asafoetida - 2-3 pinches
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
Procedure:

  • Add the tomatoes to boiling water (or microwave for a few seconds) and leave it covered for 5 mins. Peel off the skin, mash them with hands (or puree them in blender).
  • Mix the mashed tomatoes, tamarind paste, chilli powder, turmeric and salt well, along with a cup of water.
  • Heat oil, season with mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Then add chopped garlic and chopped g.chillies and fry until the chillies change color.
  • Add the tomato mixture and let it boil. Simmer for 10 mins or until the mixture thickens and oil starts separating. Remove from heat after it reaches a thick consistency
  • Mix it with plain rice to make instant tomato rice OR enjoy with curd rice.

This can stay in fridge for a week to 10 days.

31 comments:

Sireesha said...

Lovely and delicious Pickle :)) I also make the same way.

Priti said...

Looks yummy...I too made thokku yday and for the same reason as urs ;)

Sia said...

slurpp... girl, u had me drooling with that amazing shot of pickle. sounds too simple and good to be true. thanks to u and ur MIL, i have another wonderful recipe to try:)

Usha said...

Good one,simple quick and yummy...just the way I like it :)

Laavanya said...

The colour makes my mouthwater... looks so spicy & delicious.

A_and_N said...

Wow that looks so inviting! And the pic is to die for.....or to kill for ;) ?

Cham said...

Gal u make me feel hungry :) Love the thokku beautiful!

SriLekha said...

mmm... delicious day before yesterday only i prepared it and join in the chicken event going in my blog!

Purva Desai said...

Hey dear thanks for dropping by....Tomato green chilli thokku looks really inviting

Sagari said...

thokku looks mouthwatering sujatha,
just saw your message on my blog ,I am feeling ok now ,thank u so much for asking

LG said...

mouthwatering thokku ri..woow a spoonful of it with little curd rice ahhh..comforter.. :)

Uma said...

Wooow, beautiful, spicy pickle Sujatha! You're tempting me.

Suma Rajesh said...

wht a lovly colour and spicy thokku...just now need a cup of curd rice..

Priti said...

Hm, I didn't clicked any pic of my thokku dear :(...next time I will do..and let you know ;)

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

lovely thokku .. I agree with you, tastes divine with curd rice

Pearlsofeast said...

Hey that happens with me too.This recipe is absolutely great and I would love to do this Sujatha.

romaspace said...

Wow! The thokku looks great! Thanks for participating in the event with this delicious looking dish.

Illatharasi said...

......just lie on the couch and simply stare the cieling..... love it;) he he

Very tempting thokku.... my mouth waters :)

meeso said...

I really love that color! It must be full of flavor!!!

vandana rajesh said...

Delicious...the color is great absolutely irresistible.

raaji said...

love the color richness in the dish

Sujatha said...

Thanks everyone for such sweet words.. Your encouragement is what keeps me going.. :)

SriLekha said...

u have been tagged in my blog!

G.Pavani said...

hi sujatha tomato green chilli thokku is my favourtie ,it looks great,keep it up

Spices N Aroma said...

hey the thokku loooks yummy...this was my typical sidedish for roti/naan during my student life.. i used to make them in bulk quantity n store it for days together!

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

I have tagged you with a MEME

Sujatha said...

Sri and VP, Thanks so much for tagging me.. Will do it soon :)

notyet100 said...

thislooks so yum,..:-),..

Sunshinemom said...

Reminds me thecha! Droolicious!!

Dershana said...

Hi Sujatha,

I so love this dish too. My paati used to make oodles of this stash them away in the fridge. they would go into bread pattys for quick snack, with curd rice for the lunch box...etc etc..

Preeti said...

Hey! It looks so delish, got my cook to make this today. The taste was very good, even though it did not have the same rich red appearance. Very yum. Hubby liked it too. Thanks for sharing :)