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Coriander Thokku, Kothamalli Thokku Recipe

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Coriander Thokku, Kothamalli Thokku is a coriander chutney/pickle that can be eaten as an accompaniment with dosa, idli, chapati.

You can also enjoy the kothamalli thokku mixed with white rice topped with ghee or sesame oil.

A relish made traditionally by pounding coriander leaves with other spices.

Coriander Thokku, Kothamalli Thokku Recipe

Coriander thokku is also known as coriander chutney/pickle.
Kothamalli Thokku is a delicious condiment made from coriander/cilantro leaves.

Kothamalli Thokku

What is Thokku?

A thokku is a pickle that is made by pounding vegetables or fruit. They can also be grated vegetables and not made with bite-sized chunks of vegetables.

How long does a Thokku last?

A pounded thokku will stay for almost one year.

How does one eat Thokku?

Whenever people want to eat, they make a fine paste of it and add the tempering to it.

In Tamil Nadu, thogayal or thuvayal (Tamil) are preparations similar to chutney but with a pasty consistency. In Andhra Pradesh, it is also called roti pacchadi. In Telangana, the same is called tokku.

Till the last few years, the only Thokku I knew of was the tender tamarind one called hunsinkai thokku. It is only now that I have heard of tomato thokku, coriander thokku etc.

This Monday for FoodieMondayBlogHop our theme is #196 It’s Pickle Time. The theme has been suggested by   Aruna and I would not be able to participate as 1) my BP has skyrocketed and 2)would be just back from a trek.  The doctors want me to avoid pickle, papad etc. So I was grateful when Aruna agreed to allow Thokku as a pickle.

The yearly preserved tender tamarind thokku will have a lot of salt so I need to avoid it but then this delicious Coriander Thokku needs to be finished in 2 weeks if refrigerated.

This recipe is a mix of recipes from Nalini’s kitchen and Tickling Palates.

Liven your meal with a tangy and spicy Coriander thokku

Kothamalli Thokku Recipe

A small ball of the yummy relish/thokku made from coriander leaves, black gram and other spices
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Coriander Thokku, Kothamalli Thokku Recipe

A simple relish made from Cilantro or coriander leaves.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Accompaniments, Condiments, Kid-Friendly
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword:  Whole Wheat Focaccia, Accompaniments, Condiment, Coriander Thokku,, Kathiyawadi Garlic Chutney, Kothamalli Thokku Recipe, Relish
Servings: 5 people


  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • 3 tbsp urid dal
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • Tamarind
  • ¼ tsp hing
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp oil


  • Trim the coriander and soak for 5 minutes in water. This removes all the grit.
  • Air dry the coriander leaves so that all the moisture is removed about 10 minutes. Pat dry if necessary.
  • Heat the oil in a small kadhai/wok and the urid dal till reddish add the hing/asafoetida and the switch off the gas. Add the chilli powder and let the mixture cool completely.
  • Transfer to the chutney bowl of the mixer/blender.
  • In the same kadhai/wok sauté the coriander leaves until the leaves shrink, (you can add the stalks toswitch off the gas and let the coriander to cool down.
  • By now your urid dal mixture must have cooled so grind a coarse powder.
  • Transfer the coriander leaves, salt and tamarind paste to the mixer and blend to a fine paste.
  • Sprinkle water if needed.
  • Store it in a clean dry container.


  1. You can also fry the ground paste in oil. But do not fry for a long as the thokku may end up in bitter taste.
  2. The amount of tamarind paste you will need will depend on the sourness of the tamarind.
  3. You can also use red chillies in place of red chilli powder. If using add them to the heated oil first.
Coriander leaves, a common enough ingredient gets a delicious tratment with black gram and tamarind.

Coriander Thokku


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22 thoughts

  • May 20, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Love the recipe! I can imagine just how delicious the thokku would have been with all that fragrant coriander going in. Will surely try this out some time soon.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 24, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      😀 Thanks.

  • May 20, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Coriander Thokku looking very tasty, this is one of our family favorite. Ur version Thokku is easy to prepare, loved it have it with hot steamed rice with dollop of ghee😋😋. Superb share👍

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks, dear.

  • May 21, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Coriander thoku with tamarind and red chili sounds flavorful. I think the fried urad dal must be adding good texture to this chutney.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      yes Poonam, the texture is built because of the urid dal.

  • May 21, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Coriander thokku looks lip-smackingly delicious. I can imagine the chatpata taste. Loved this super easy and delicious recipe.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 24, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks, Sujata.

  • May 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    At first glance I would have mistaken it for a chutney.You’ve explained the difference well. I’ve had tomato thokku and even made it once. Coriander one sounds interesting.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 24, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks, Mayuri.

  • May 24, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I have once eaten a store bought coriander pickle and loved it. Your recipe sounds interesting to me and looks like a must try. Pickle looks lip smacking delicious.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 26, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks, Renu.

  • May 25, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    coriander thokku looks so yumm di !!! love to try my hand

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm


  • May 25, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Sounds so flavourful and yumm. love to have it with dal chawal. Never made it , will try it for sure,,

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks, Swati please let me know when you do try it.

  • May 26, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Thokku looks lip smacking. Loved the detailed Explanation Archana. Fabulous share.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 26, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks, Preethi.

  • May 31, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    This thokku is very inviting arch. I make it similarly too. Perfect with curd rice

    • ArchanaPotdar
      June 2, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Veena.

  • June 7, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Thokku looks so tasty.. I love such spicy condiments .

    • ArchanaPotdar
      June 14, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks, Shobha.

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