Quench your hunger with Thokku coriander leaves

Coriander leaves have impeccable immune-boosting, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties. Coriander may protect your heart by lowering blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. The antioxidants in cilantro may reduce brain inflammation, improve memory, and reduce anxiety symptoms, although more research is needed.

Spice up our thokku with facts

The origin of coriander is still unclear, but it is one of the oldest known herbs and spices. Coriander seeds were discovered in ruins dating back to 5000 BC. It goes back as far as 1000 BC and the plant was mentioned in the Bible. The Greek word for this is koris, which means stick insect. This is perhaps a reference to the strong scent exuded by the bruised leaves of the coriander plant.

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serve: 4


3 cups cilantro leaves tightly packed

1 gooseberry-sized tamarind

1 tbsp urad dal

5 No Red Chili

¼ tsp fenugreek seeds

1 pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)

1 teaspoon grated jaggery

1 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste

¼ tsp turmeric powder


2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp Split Bengal Gram (Chana Dal)

1 sprig of curry leaves


Remove the leaves and thin stem of the coriander leaves and measure and clean thoroughly. Roughly chop the coriander leaves and set aside. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil, add urad dal, fenugreek and red chili and sauté for a few minutes. Place fried ingredients in blender jug, add tamarind, jaggery and salt, then add washed and chopped coriander leaves. Grind it into a smooth paste by adding just a little water.

Reheat the remaining oil in the pan and add the mustard seeds, when the mustard seeds start to splatter, add divided bengal gram and fry the bengal gram until golden, then add curry leaves and give you a mixture. Next, add the ground coriander spice paste to the pan along with turmeric powder and add 1 cup of water to the blender jar, rinse off the remaining paste and add to the pan. Let the thokku cook on a low flame for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you can see that the oil starts to ooze out of the thokku and the thokku would also have become thick. Well Coriander Leaves Thokku (Kothamalli Thokku) is now ready to serve.

Cilantro Leaf Thokku is the easiest side dish that’s not only healthy but also good for finger licking. A long healthy life can be your destiny if you watch what you put on your plate, so prepare this healthy side dish and take care of your health.

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