Pickles and Thogayal Recipes…

Hi…

To Indians, nothing says ‘home’ as simply and reassuringly as a pickle. Whichever part of the country you might hail from, pickle is likely to have been a part of your earliest food memories — as an incentive to make the staid combination of dal and rice seem more appetising; as a counterpoint to the cold comfort of curd rice or as a tasty accompaniment capable of weathering long train journeys.

No Indian meal is complete without a smidgen of a pickle. Although readymade pickles have made easy the painstaking process of pickle making, in many households, it is an annual ritual that is still treated with the ceremony it rightly deserves. Moreover, it’s worth forsaking store-bought convenience for the painstaking, yet the ultimately rewarding experience of making your own pickles. After all, what you will be preserving is the taste of home.

Thogayal is an accompaniment for rice and is usually served along with rasam 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 coconut and urad dal form important parts of any thogayal. Also, many variations of thogayal with the addition of vegetables like carrots, ridge gourd, chow chow, eggplant, mint and even spinach. This is such a tricky but tasty way to incorporate the vegetables into our diet. Especially kids, when they don’t like to eat vegetables as poriyal or kootu, these thogayal varieties come in handy to make them eat with any tiffin items like idli, dosa or chapati. I started to make thogayal mainly for this purpose only.

Pickle Recipes:

  1. Instant Mango Pickle…

Thogayal Recipes:

  1. Pudhina Thogayal / Mint Thogayal…
  2. Peerkangai Thogayal // Ribbed Gourd Chutney…
  3. Pirandai Thogayal // Veldt Grape Dip…
  4. Amla // Gooseberry // Nellikkai Thokku…

As and when I prepare a different variety of thogayal, will upload here.

With love,

Malathi Muthukrishnan.