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Onion Relish (Thokku)

Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Onion Relish = Perfect Condiment to almost any Indian food.

I fib not.

Think about this for just a second: Caramelized pieces of Onions.. with a dash of Garlic… and a whole bunch of spices indigenous to the south Indian cuisine… Simmered and cooked until they’re reduced to a mush! Oh boy, this Onion Relish (my mistake. Indians are proud of their food names. So I’ll call this Onion Thokku) is just fantastic with Roti, Idli, Dosa, Paratha, Puri, Bonda, Upma, Rice and what not!

In fact, I’m pretty sure you could top your burger patties with this Onion Relish for a different kick! ;)

Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

(I thank my buddy Mrs. P from the wonderfully attractive blog Tomato Blues for this idea! I tailored it to use up the stuff I had in the pantry.)

ONION RELISH RECIPE | South Indian Onion Thokku

Here’s what you’ll need –

Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Dry roast the Methi seeds (fenugreek) and powder it (or run it through a mortar and pestle for a coarse powder)

Heat oil in a pan with high sides and add the black mustard seeds
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Once they start to splutter, add the curry leaves and garlic
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Add the chopped up Onions & mix well
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Sauté till the Onions are translucent and become pink
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Add the tamarind extract.
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Add the turmeric powder, mix well and sauté for a minute or two.
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Add the rest of the spices to the mixture
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Mix well. Keep stirring from bottom up to make sure the onions don’t burn.
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Cook until the the onions have reduced to a mush and the oil separates from the sides.
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Let it cool and store in air tight jar and refrigerate. Use as required.
Onion Relish Recipe (Vengaya Thokku)

Onion Relish (Thokku)
 
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Onion Relish a.k.a Onion Thokku
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Recipe type: Relish , Condiment
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Onions, finely chopped
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Curry Leaves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup Tamarind Extract (thick liquid) {adjust according to sourness required}
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Red Chilli Powder (adjust according to spice required)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Jaggery (Gud) {Or use Sugar or Brown sugar or Raw Sugar}
  • 1 teaspoon Methi Seeds (fenugreek) {Read Tip below}
Methi Seeds - Powder
  • Using Methi powder gives the Thokku / Onion Relish that "authentic" taste. You can also directly use the powder available in stores if you can't find the seeds to roast and powder. In which case, you will skip Step 1 below. Or just skip the Methi (fenugreek) powder altogether
Instructions
  1. Dry roast the Methi seeds (fenugreek) and powder it (or run it through a mortar and pestle for a coarse powder) - optional
  2. Heat oil in a pan with high sides and add the black mustard seeds. Once they start to splutter, add the curry leaves and garlic
  3. Add the chopped up Onions & mix well. Sauté till the Onions are translucent and become pink
  4. Add the tamarind extract and the turmeric powder, mix well and sauté for a minute or two.
  5. Add the rest of the spices (red chilli powder, methi powder & salt) and jaggery to the mixture
  6. Mix well. Keep stirring from bottom up to make sure the onions don't burn.
  7. Cook until the the onions have reduced to a mush and the oil separates from the sides.
  8. Let it cool and store in air tight jar and refrigerate. Use as required.

 

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