Friday, August 21, 2015

Cranberry Thokku (Spicy South indian pickle)

Thokku is a South indian jelly like condiment made usually with tomatoes. It can also be made with tart granny smith apples. During the Fall when cranberries are EVERYWHERE (including bodywash and candles), I thought why not make the same with these wonderful, tart berries. My recipe is a spinoff from various other blogs and is a bit less spicy.


1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 tsp mustard seeds1/2 tsp asofetida
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder (cayenne)
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
5-6 curry leaves
1/2 tsp sesame oil 


1.  In a large saucepan (with a lid), add the oil and when it's hot, add mustard seeds and curry leaves.

2.  Add the bag of cranberries along with all other spices and keep stirring till everything is evenly coated and mixed nicely.

3.  On medium-high heat, let the cranberries start cooking down. Keep the lid on at this point but mix occassionally to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.  This will take a good 20 minutes at least.

4.  When the whole thing has reduced down to almost a jam or paste like consistency turn off the heat and let it cool.

5. Finally add the sesame oil and mix into the final thokku.

It tastes great with dosa, chapattis, or my favourite- yogurt rice.

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