Curry Leaves Thokku/Chutney

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Curry Leaves thokku or chutney is one of the popular condiment in south Indian cuisine. It is an essential ingredient in South Indian cooking, mainly in Kerala. It is a commonly available herb at every south Indian kitchen. It gives an adorable flavor and aroma to dishes. This dish is a chutney made with curry leaves which taste delicious with steamed  rice as well as Dosa.

~Recipe by Suchu Sagar

Curry Leaves Thokku/Chutney

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings: 3 Servings


  • 2 cups curry leaves tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 10-12 dry Red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp powdered jaggery
  • 1 gooseberry size tamarind soaked in ½ cup water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste (preferably rock salt)
  • 3 tsp Oil preferably gingely oil


  • Grind the curry leaves and coriander leaves in a mixer. Heat oil, saute the above ground paste and keep it aside - Paste 1
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a pankadai, roast cumin seeds, fennel seeds and whole pepper. Fry until fresh aroma arises. Make sure not to burn it. Transfer it to a mixer and powder it. Keep it aside. - Powder 1(Spice powder)
  • In the same pankadai, roast red chillies. Cool it completely and then transfer it to a mixer. Add salt and powder it. Keep it aside. - Powder 2(Red chilli powder)
  • Heat oil in a kadai, Splutter mustard seeds, add soaked tamarind water(extract the tamarind water and discard the pulp) and bring it to a boil. Add asafoetida powder,powder 2 ( red chilly powder), turmeric powder and jaggery, Bring the flame to low and add Paste 1 (Curry leaves and coriander leaves paste) and powder 1 (spice powder).


  • If you would like the condiment to be spicy, then increase the no of red chillies.
  • Make sure that tamarind paste should not be less or more else it may turn tangy or flavorless
  • It can be stored in Air tight container for a weeks time.

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  1. da my mother used to make dis chutney usually but some ingredients are added more in ur recipe..its gud for health n tasty too…

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