I love making homemade pickles and thokku..They pair beautifully well with curd rice or homemade phulkas.. I love making tomato thokku, because i love having it with curd rice..I always have a jar of it in my fridge..I have never made onion thokku before and also never thought of making it..
But couple weeks back, my perimma told me about this pickle. But in her recipe, the onion is pureed completely and made into a simple thokku. I took that recipe and modified to my taste and created this. And i should tell you, it taste amazing..Yummy indeed..Hope you will try this and let me know how it turns out..
Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 40 mins
Makes - 500 grams
Sambar Onion / Shallots / Chinna Ulli - 500 grams peeled
Oil - 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 2 tblspn or to taste
Salt to taste
Tamarind Pulp - 1/4 cup / A small lemon size
Jaggery / Sarkarai - 3 to 4 tblspn
For Pickle Powder:
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tblspn
Fenugreek Seeds / Vendayam - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu -1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 2 broken
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1/2 tsp
In a dry pan add the pickle spices and roast them till light golden and toasted. Remove them to a plate and let it cool. Add them to blender and make into a fine powder. Set aside till use. Keep the blender ready, because you want it to grind the onions.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom kadai. Add in the peeled shallots and fry them for 3 to 4 mins till it is light golden and transparent.Drain them to a bowl.
Now take half of the shallot mix in the blender and make it to a coarse mix. Set aside till use.
Now heat the same oil again. Add the seasoning ingredients and fry them for a min.
Add the pureed onion mix, the remaining whole fried shallots and cook them for 5 to 6 mins.
Add in turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and mix well.
Add in the pickle powder, tamarind pulp and jaggery. Mix them well so everything is melted and combined.
Cook them on a low heat for 10 to 15 mins till oil separates from the mix.
Switch off the heat and let it cool down.
Now store it in air tight container. Use clean spoons when you serve.
1)Cool it completely then store it in a sterlized air tight container.
2)Use clean spoon while serving.
3)You can store this in room temparature for 3 to 4 days.
4) If you are too scared you could store it in fridge for 2 to 3 weeks.
|Take all your ingredients|
|Dry roast mustard, cumin and fenugreek|
|Roast till lovely aroma comes from it|
|Allow it to cool down|
|Take it in a blender|
|Make it into a fine powder|
|Fry them a little|
|Remove them to a bowl|
|Add half of the onions in the same blender|
|crush them little|
|Now heat the onion fried oil again|
|Add in seasoning ingredients|
|Let them fry|
|Add in crushed onion|
|Saute them for a while|
|Add the whole fried onions now|
|Cook them together for a while|
|Add in turmeric powder|
|Mix that well|
|Add the roasted pickling spice powder|
|Add in tamarind pulp|
|mix well and simmer|
|cook on low flame till oil separates|
|Allow to cool down and store in air tight container|