‘ Made ur thakali thoku today. Has come out wonderful:-) ‘
The message was on my cellphone when I switched off the alarm. And it woke me up beaming. If only I can work out a way for such wonderful wake-up calls everyday. So here is the recipe to share :
Simple Tomato Thokku
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp fenugreek
a pinch of asafoetida
a small piece of jaggery
10-20 pods of garlic ( optional)
1/2 cup sesame ( gingelly) oil
Wash tomatoes well and chop into small pieces.
Heat spoon of sesame oil , add asafoetida and fenugreek seeds. Fry till golden brown(takes 1/2 minute) and then powder coarsely. Keep aside.
Heat the rest of the oil, add mustard and allow to crackle.
Add tomato pieces and and cook. Add garlic pods. Cook for a few minutes. Add other ingredients and cook on slow fire till oil rises to the top. (about 20 minutes ) .
Add the powdered fenugreek and asfoetida.
Mix well ,cool and store in clean jar.
Note: Its the gingelly oil and fenugreek that gives the special flavor. Don’t stint on the oil. Its a preservative too. And option is to grind the tomatoes before frying.
‘India is the home of the chutney‘ says Cynthia Bertelsen on her blog Tomatoes and Gherkins ; gives several recipes for chutneys and really researches cuisines of many lands.