Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vithai kothamalli thovaiyal

Vithai - seed; kothamalli - coriander ; thovaiyal - thick chutney (Tamil - English)
This is chutney recipe is from my mom's maid Mary Vadivu ammal. She assisted mom for a very long time and I can't predict her age. Hope she was a old lady but very strong as a little girl. I love her hints on simple foods and home remedies. One of her recommendations for a sluggish winter day after a grand food is the kollu rasam and the vithai malli thovaiyal. Here goes the recipe.

Coriander seed chutney.

coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
channa dhal - 2 tbsp
shredded coconut - 3 tbsp (optional)
dry red chillies - 4 or 5
garlic - a piece
cumin - 1/4 tsp
curry leaf - 1 sprig
salt - to taste
tamarind - 2 inch
oil - 1 tsp

Heat oil in a wok. Roast the channa dhal to a mild red color. Take out.
Then roast the coriander seeds, red chillies and coconut one by one.
Let them cool.
Then grind the roasted ingredients with all the above with very little water to get a thick chutney (thogaiyal).
Vithai malli chutney is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve with piping hot rice and kollu rasam.
Pairs well with curd rice, dhal rice , idly etc.

Health benefits:
Coriander seed helps subduing pitham and hence a good remedy for giddiness.
It increases digestion.
Its fiber is great for weight loss.


Swathi said...


This Thovaiyal sounds delicious. It is new me. I have to make for myself, hubby wont eat coriander seeds that much.

Hari Chandana P said...

Chutney looks perfect and delicious.. beautiful click !!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Chutney looks mouthwatering. Nicely made. Great work viki.

Hamaree Rasoi

Santosh Bangar said...

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Nandinis food said...

Yum! The thovaiyal looks great and lovely! Slurp! Superb side dish.

Priya Suresh said...

I can have this chutney with rice porridge, yummy thovaiyal..

Lisa said...

This sounds so warm and fragrant! A very interesting recipe.

Sushma Mallya said...

nice recipe, very flavourful..

Pushpa said...

Delicious thogayal...

Angie said...

Thanks Viki. I am from Tuticorin and I remember my grandma making it for rasam saadam.Thanks for bringing back those memories and for the recipe too.

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thanks for the encouragement Angie. So happy to know that we are from same place.