Cilantro Thokku / Coriander Thokku / Koththamalli Thokku

My H's only fav thokku is this ultimate coriander thokku . Sigh ... I should be happy abt the fact , atleast he likes it . He would always ask to prepare this whenever  he gives me company to the Indian grocery shops , But am the one who doesn't make this often.. Cos of the amount of oil used .. This time I did feel bad cos  it's been a year since i made this ..  The recipe am gonna give is just the plain , traditional one. U may add a tsp of jaggery in the end to make it neutral. Summer season is around, we all can relish along with curd rice.. YUM YUM YUM

Ingredients :

Cilantro -- 2 bunch
Hing -- 1/8 tsp
Salt -- to taste
Sesame oil -- 2 tbsp

To roast :

Dry red chillies -- 4 to 5 nos. ( acc to taste )
Fenugreek seeds -- 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds -- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind -- small marble sized

Method :

  • Wash and clean the coriander leaves and discard the thick stalks . Retain the stalks with leaves which is very tender. Spread them on a kitchen tissue and let them dry .
  • Heat a tsp of oil and fry the dry red chillies ,followed by mustard and fenugreek seeds. Finally add the tamarind ball and scald well in the hot oil. Make sure, u don't burn any of them.
  • In the same pan, add the pat dried coriander leaves and cook until it wilts.
  • Now grind the roasted ingredient except tamarind to a fine powder and let it be in the blender / mixie jar.
  • Throw in the wilted coriander leaves and the fried tamarind ball and grind it coarsely without adding water ..( u may sprinkle a few drops of water if u can't run the blender /mixie. ) ( Actually my H likes to be a fine paste , so I did made fine paste )
  • Heat the same kadai with the oil and frythe hing . Stir in the ground mixture and keep working on the thokku until it starts leaving the sides and oozing out the oil. This might take about 7 to 10 minutes. ( depends on the quantity )

  •  Store in a bottle / air tight container and place inside the refrigerator for better shelf life..

Sending this entry to Herbs and Flowers in my Platter - Coriander leaves/Cilantro , happening @ Krithis Kitchen ,started by  PJ

Note :  Ingredient quantity has been updated.

Happy eating guys ,


  1. wow...what a lovely recipe dear,...bookmarking it ! surely will giv it a try sometimes !

  2. Fantastic...irresistibly yumm- I love love cilantro flavor so this is a must try for me :) The second pic is really nice !
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  3. Wow...never had this...looks the last pic

  4. nice thokku.. will be yummy with sandwiches ..

  5. delicious thokku.. bookmarked!!

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  7. @ Geetha Achal
    U may add any oil , actually 2 tbsp of oil is enough overall...! Better store in the refrigerator since the weather is hot.

  8. Cilantro thokku looks fabulous Shanavi.

  9. Wow.the thokku looks delish!!!just need some curd rice and pappad now...

  10. Never had this before,looks super delicious..yum.

  11. Wow! I just can't resist drooling! Must be aromatic!

  12. very yummy n flavorful thokku perfect for any dish..

  13. Very tempting and delicious tokku.. looks gr8 !!
    Indian Cuisine

  14. wow no wonder ur H love it.....looks and sound amazing

  15. Slurp, cant take my eyes from ur click,simply irresistible..

  16. thokku looks delish and u r right with curd rice it would taste superrrrrr !

  17. What a delicious thokku.. nicely done!!

  18. delicious n mouthwatering thokku dear,pls pass the jar to me..

  19. yummy and lovely tempting thokku.

  20. Fantastic...irresistibly yumm..

  21. This is another of those irresistibly saliva-inducing dishes - I can smell the roasted fenugreek and chilies - Yum!

  22. super delicious..I love it fresh and immediate to use!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  23. Love the tangy, spicy cilantro chutney!

  24. super and gr8 recipe of thokku .new to me




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