A popular thokku ( pickle ) variety is the chinna vengayam ( shallots ) thokku, spicy tangy , it can perk up the dullest dish as an accompaniment . Goes well with many tiffin dishes like idli, dosa and even chapatis . An absolute match to go with the curd rice . Such thokku varieties are always handy in kitchens for busy days and those with little time . Thokku rice is again a good lunch box dish with just papad as a n accompaniment .
Makes a great travel recipe for short trips to take a as accompaniment for tiffin . This onion thokku recipe uses no tamrind paste or tamrind water to avoid any moisture in the preparation and thereby lengthen shelf life. However if making for a small quantity , for a day or two you can use thick tamrind water or just tamrind paste as well in the preparation and it tastes just as same .
- you can add tamrind paste if you dont have dry tamrind .
- this thokku is the base for many other thokku preparations , for instance making tomato onion thokku , you can just add the required onion thokku paste to cooked tomato paste and get a super new tomato thokku with onion flavors.
- most of my other thokkus are made with this as the base so i prepare in bulk and use only tamrind sauted in oil and ground with onions to give more shelf life and have no moisture in the preparation of thokku.
- suggested thokku varieties, brinjal , bitter gourds, clusterbeans , mixed veg etc . .