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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hunasekayi(Tamarind) Tokku(Pickle)

1.5 KG Tender Tamarind / Ele Hunasekayi
3/4 KG Green Chillies
8 - 10 tsp Turmeric powder
4 - 5 tsp Asafetida powder
7 - 8 tsp fried Fenugreek Seeds powder
3 - 3.5 cups Salt

Wash the tender tamarinds and spread it over a cotton cloth to remove the water content or just wipe the tamarinds in a clean dry cotton cloth. Cut the edges and remove any fiber/strings as shown in the picture below.

Cut the tamarind into medium sized pieces as shown in the picture below.

Remove the stem of each green chilly and wash them and spread it over a cotton cloth to remove the water content.

Put fenugreek seeds in a pan and fry them in medium flame until they give nice aroma. Once its cooled,  grind them in a mixer into smooth paste and keep it aside.
Put chopped tamarind in a mixer and crush them coarsely by without adding any water. Put green chillies, little amount of salt and crush them together coarsely by without adding any water. Add remaining amount of salt, turmeric powder, asafetida, fenugreek seeds powder and mix them well.

Put this above mixture in a mixer and grind them together for few seconds as shown in the picture below. Store this in an airtight container.

Take little amount of prepared thokku in a bowl. Put 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp oil in a pan and heat. Once it starts spluttering, add pinch of asafetida powder, keep it for few seconds and then add it to tokku. Mix well before serving. It goes well with hot rice & ghee or along with curd. It can be used to make rice bath, rasam, chutney, etc.