Fenugreek seed sprouts and mango pickle ( thokku )
South Indians especially Tamilans have their own simple way of making mango thokku / manga thokku during the season as it can be prepared quickly and with few good raw mangoes and can be tasted immediately . So it is common to kick start the official pickle season by making this thokku in a large batch .
You may be astonished about using fenugreek seeds sprouts / methi sprouts in a mango thokku but it is not uncommon . Several North Indian style pickles use fenugreek seeds sprouts in many pickle varieties .
The vadu Mangaai and avakkai will soon follow as they have to wait time for the resting time before they can be tasted . So the Fenugreek seeds sprouts mango thokku is an opener ! It is like the official teaser to the pickle season ahead .
Thokku preparation has one key ingredient which uplifts the taste , aroma and the preserving part , by addition of fenugreek seeds in a roasted powdered form .Manga thokku is never complete without adding this methi powder .
In this recipe that I have shared addition of fenugreek seed sprouts makes it even more amazing to taste , not a tad bit bitter but a very compelling fenugreek aroma even as you start the sauteeing of sprouts and grated raw mangoes .
This is a pickle worth preparing and the wait for fenugreek seeds to sprout in order to add it to the grated raw mangoes is well worth the wait . Within three to four days of soaking methi seeds you will have a good growth of sprouts .
3 cups washed peeled and finely grated raw mangoes ( choose a firm variety and slightly sour ones )
3/4 th cup fenugreek seed sprouts / methi sprouts
1/2 cup sesame oil
Crystal salt as required
Big pinch of asafoetida powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of turmeric powder
5 tbsp chilli powder or as required .
To make sprouts
1. Soak a handful of fenugreek seeds after washing them in a bowl . Keep water enough to cover the seeds overnight .
By morning the seeds would have swelled a bit and water almost absorbed .
Now drain the water and keep the soaked methi seeds in a colander or a tea sieve .
Sprinkle some water and cover with a damp cloth or use a perforated plate to cover .
Check on the sprouts now and then and keep turning them around for even growth of all the seeds .Do not allow seeds to dry up and change water frequently .
Within two days the seeds would have started sprouting and wait for good growth and then use in preparation of thokku .
2. Wash the sprouts well and again keep on a colander to drain water completely .
Pat them dry to remove any moisture as there should be no water in preparation of thokku .
3. In a large hard based pan , add 1 tsp oil enough to splutter the mustard seeds after oil is heated .Add remaining oil after the thokku is half way to getting done in tablespoons .
Now add the grated mangoes., fenugreek sprouts and stir well.
Keep flame on a low , add turmeric powder , chili powder and salt .
Add asafoetida powder and keep stirring on a low flame .
4. Keep cooking and stirring the mixture by turning them till thokku is done .
Soon the grated mangoes and sprouts would have cooked and whole mixture coming to a ball like towards the centre of the pan .
5. Fenugreek seed sprouts and mango thokku is ready .
When cooled completely store in a glass bottle .
Thokku reminds good for more than a month in fridge .
Always use clean dry spoon to take put thokku from then bottle .
This tastes very delicious with parathas , theplas, rotis and curd rice .
As the fenugreek seeds are sprouted the bitterness is almost nil .