Tuesday, 28 January 2020


Thokku calls for a somewhat specific method to work out with herbs like moringa or murungai keerai, curry leaves Coriander greens or methi or fenugreek leaves in generous addition of Sesame oil and Tamarind to restore the considerable shelf life. Lesser the water added, more the shelf life is. We add tamarind, jaggery powder, salt and a generous amount of sesame oil to increase its shelflife. If it is mixed with hot steamed rice, have it with any tiffin like chappathi, Puri, Idlies and Dosas, We will get addicted to its divine taste.

In other words, the six tastes blend in perfect proportion in much more concentrated gravy or dry gravy.

Let's make this yummy thokku using the Moringa greens or murungai greens which are well known for its richness of iron and other important nutrients..

Ingredients we need:

Murungai greens one bunch
Jaggery powder 2 tsps
Coco rinds or Kudampuli or tamarind 3 pcs
Himalayan rock salt 1/2 tsp
Water 50 ml
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Dry roasted fenugreek powder 3/4 tsp
Grated garlic 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Red chilly flakes 1/2 tsp
Sesame oil 4 tbsps
Groundnut oil 1 tbsp
Asafoetida 2 pinches
Dried red chillies 3-4 pcs


Pluck the murungai leaves along with its tender stems.
Place them in a mixer jar up to 3/4 th level'
Add red chillies, kudam puli, Jaggery powder, Himalayan rock salt and 5o ml water.
Grind at high speed to a coarse paste.
Now heat the heavy bottomed vessel with one tbsp groundnut oil.
Add mustard seeds to crackle.
Once they start to crackle, add Grated garlic, Turmeric and red chilly flakes and saute on low flame.
Turn off the heat and add greens paste.
Saute on medium heat for one or two minutes until the greens changed its colour.
Add asafoetida and fenugreek powder.
Mix to combine.
Add sesame oil 2 tbsps little by little on keeping the flame on a low level.
Mix to combine.
Add another two tbsps of Sesame oil at the final stage and mix to combine well.

Murungai greens thokku is ready to be consumed.

Thokku means pounded herb or vegetable with specific spices sauteed in sesame oil.

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