Monday, 31 August 2015

Green Apple Thokku !

I have never used Green apples in cooking until I came to know about this recipe from my friend. She gave me this thokku prepared by her Granny and I couldn't believe it was Green apple as it tasted more or less like mango thokku or tomato thokku. Then when I tried at home with just one apple it turned out well and tasted awesome with paratas.
So this time I made a big batch with almost 1 kg apples and now I enjoy this almost with everything. This thokku paired with curd rice is an incredible combo and no words to explain.
Mostly green apples comes in 3 varieties, Granny Smith, Bramley and Golden delicious.
Bramley variety is the best for this thokku as it is more sour when compared to others and it is generally used in cooking. They are a little flat and have a slightly different shape compared to normal apples. A picture taken from internet for your reference

  • 4 Big Green Apples (Bramley variety) approx 1 kg
  • 3/4 th cup oil
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp urad dal
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoedita
  • 1/4 cup Kashmiri Red chilli powder (heaped)
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Powder (Roasted in few drops of oil and ground to a powder)

  • Wash, peel the apples and chop them into small pieces.
  • In a heavy bottomed (preferably non stick) vessel or pan heat oil and once hot add mustard seeds and urad dal.
  • WHen mustard crackles and urad dal turns slightly brown add cumin seeds and asafoedita.

  • Now add the chopped green apple and saute them well in oil for 4 - 5 minutes.

  • Add salt and turmeric powder and keep cooking.
  • The apple leaves its juices and as it turns softer, mash them with the back of the ladle.

  • Add the chilli powder and mix well. Keep cooking in medium flame for another 8 - 10 minutes till the apple pieces are completely mashed and raw smell of chilli powder is gone.

  • Now add the fenugreek powder and give a mix, Cook for another 3 - 4 minutes and it becomes to a nice thokku consistency.


  • Use Bramley variety for best results as it is generally meant for cooking. I have not tried with Granny smith or any other variety of Green apple yet. 
  • I generally have fenugreek powder handy, if you dont have it then just roast a tsp of fenugreek seeds and crush it in mortar n pestle and add it to the thokku.
  • Be a little generous with oil so that it stays good for weeks. If you are preparing in lesser quantity and do not want to store it for long then oil can be reduced considerably.
  • Store it in a clean glass jar and refrigerate  it and use a clean spoon everytime you use it.It stays good for 2 - 3 weeks too.
  • Can be served with Rice, curd rice, idlis, dosas, paratas and many more.

With Love,

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