Green Chili Thokku (Spicy Chili Reduction)

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Green Chili Thokku (Spicy Chili Reduction)
I am not sure what language thokku is in, most likely Telugu, but it refers to any fresh herb/vegetable pounded/ground to a paste with salt, tamarind and jaggery, and reduced in sesame oil. The key ingredients are tamarind, jaggery, and sesame oil. This recipe makes a thokku out of fresh green chilies and is dynamite!
Course Chutneys
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings
small jar
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh green chilies washed, stems removed, and dried
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Hing
  • 1 small lemon sized tamarind
  • 2 tbsp jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp roasted fenugreek powder dry roast methi, and powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
Course Chutneys
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings
small jar
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh green chilies washed, stems removed, and dried
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Hing
  • 1 small lemon sized tamarind
  • 2 tbsp jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp roasted fenugreek powder dry roast methi, and powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
Instructions
  1. Blend green chilies salt, jaggery, tamarind (paste or extract) into a fine paste
  2. Heat oil, when hot add mustard seeds and let them pop, add hing, then the paste
  3. cook on low to medium heat until the oil separates, and the thokku has reduced considerably
  4. Turn heat off, let cool. Enjoy with dosai, idli, rotis, pooris, or rice
Recipe Notes

This is certainly not for the faint of heart. A little bit goes a long way! Tastes wonderful with dal rice, plain rice with ghee, yogurt rice, idli/dosai/poori/rotis!

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