Sunday, July 7, 2013

Thengai Thogayal


After coming to Amsterdam, cooking our traditional recipes has become once a week occasions. Throughout the week its some kind of variety rice or roti subji. Its only on the weekends that I am able to cook the traditional fare. Eating variety rice and rotis all through the week leaves me craving for some simple yet delicious Palakkad Chamayal. 

Thogayal is an accompaniment for rice and is usually served along with Molagootal in our house. It can be had mixed with plain steamed rice too. Many who are not very familiar with South Indian cooking may confuse between Thogayal and Chutney. Thogayal is like a chutney but is quite thick when compared to Chutney. The urad dal form an important part of any thogayal. Also many variations of thogayals see the addition of vegetables like carrots, ridge gourd, pumpkin etc. My personal preference being once with some vegetables. The addition of vegetables adds a slight sweetness to the thogayal. Together with the tamarind, red chillies and coconut it makes a yummy accompaniment.

Today's post is the basic Thengai Thogayal. Now off to the way my mom makes it:





What you’ll need
  1. Fresh Scraped Coconut – 1 cup
  2. Urad Dal – 3 tbsp
  3. Dried Red Chillies – 2 or 3
  4. Asafoetida – a small piece
  5. Tamarind – small piece
  6. Oil – 1 tsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Few Curry Leaves

Method
  1. Heat a Kadai with oil.
  2. Add the asafoetida piece, once it puffs up well, add the urad dal and fry on medium heat till golden.
  3. Also add the red chillies and fry till they turn bright.
  4. Add the tamarind and coconut and fry for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Cool and grind along with salt and green chillies.
  6. Add a tsp or two of water and grind to a coarse paste semi solid paste.
  7. Transfer to a bowl.
  8. Serve with plain rice, Molagootal or curd rice.


Note:

The consistency of thogayal is usually thick and coarse.
You can add coriander leaves, sauteed carrots or ridge gourds. I will post a version of these soon.

17 comments:

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Delicious and very flavourful chutney.

today's post:
http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/07/phulko-luchi-r-aloo-chorchori-puffed.html

Rafeeda AR said...

traditional recipes always have a charm of its own... all ur recipes open me to a whole new world... thogayal looks really good... :)

Ramya Krishnamurthy said...

my fav thogayal

Sapana Behl said...

So wonderful and irresistible ..

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

very inviting Kaveri...

Sangeetha Priya said...

yummy chutney, love to have with rice and ghee :-)

Priya Suresh said...

Can understand ur situation Kaveri,nothing will beat our foods na..Fingerlicking thogayal.

JEYASHRI SURESH said...

I make this once a week and we all are a die hard fan of this thengai thogaiyal.Nicely made and presented

anusha praveen said...

Love the click :) and oh boy! i understand your cravings after roti and variety rice.

PT said...

have u moved to amsterdam kaveri??
love this thogaiyal with steamed rice..

Nithya Naveen said...

Yummy thengai thogayal.. Lvoe to have it with rice and ghee..

Vimitha Anand said...

Its my favorite with kanji

Anu Shoj said...

yum yum...nice clicks....
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Chitz said...

I love this thogayal.. Apt with kanji or even thattu dosa :) Looks good !

Hema said...

Love this thogayal, great with some rice and appalams..

am said...

Nice clicks Kaveri. This is my husband's favourite thogayal

shyambalan said...

Looks yummy. Going to cook today for my love hubby.

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