Kothambir thokku or coriander thokku is spicy and makes a good accompaniment with idli, dosa or even with hot steamed rice.

Thokku is a kind of chutney that is made sans water, thus has a long shelf life. It is usually made during summer and stored for a year, whenever needed, a small quantity is laced with seasoning and served. Tamarind thokku is the most preferred and popular one.

Since I have started blogging, I am relishing with my eyes and learning many new dish from different cuisines and this kothambir thokku is one such dish that I have ultimately picked up. For the recipe swap challenge, I had to cook from Archana’s blog and I chose this recipe to make. She has many healthy recipes on her blog but I wanted to make this since I had seen it. The kothamalli / kothambir thokku was tasty, I used it with hot steamed rice. Ghee or gingley oil must be added to it.

It is ideal to serve with idli and dosa also, it comes as a rescue when you are lazy to cook anything more on certain days. The other condiments that I always have at home are Garlic Chutney Powder, Flaxseed Chutney Powder, Curry leaf powder

kothambir thokku
kothambir thokku

Let’s get to the recipe of Kothambir Thokku / Coriander Thokku


  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 3 tablespoon urad dal
  • 2 teaspoon chilly powder
  • a small piece of tamarind
  • asafoetida
  • salt


  1. Trim the edges of the coriander, wash it well. Put it in a bowl of water and keep it aside for sometime, the grime will settle down.
  2. Remove and put it on a cloth to dry.
  3. Take oil in a pan and add the urad dal to it. Let it be golden in colour. Add asafoetida and chilly powder to it. Once it cools, put in the jar.
  4. Roast the coriander leaves in the same pan, once they shrink, put them in the jar.

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Kothambir Thokku / Coriander Thokku
kothambir thokku / coriander thokku

Kothambir Thokku / Coriander Thokku

Kothambir thokku is spicy and flavoursome, it makes a good accompaniment with idli, dosa or even steamed rice.

Course condiments
Cuisine telugu cuisine
Keyword condiments, coriander thokku, kothambir thokku, kothmilli thokku
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 bowl
Author jayashree


  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 3 tablespoon urad dal
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • asafoetida
  • 2 teaspoon chilly powder
  • tamarind (small piece)
  • salt


  1. Trim the edges of the coriander. Wash it well by rinsing in water.

  2. Spread it on a white cloth, let the moisture evaporate. Soak the tamarind in water.

  3. Take a pan, add oil, put urad dal to it and shallow fry until golden in colour. Add asafoetida and chilli powder, turn off the stove.

  4. Put it in the jar of the mixer.

  5. In the same pan, put the washed coriander leaves, once they shrink in size, remove them and put in the jar. Use only the soaked tamarind, do not add the water.

  6. Grind all the ingredients together. With a dry spoon mix it and again pulse, it should be finely blend.

  7. Kothmbir Thokku is ready to serve.

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  1. This sounds like a lovely condiment, I have ever tried it but I am sure it tastes great maybe like coriander chutney ?

  2. Kothambir thokku looks so flavorful….. tamarind touch surely give a tangy touch in overall. and must be a lovely accompaniment with steamed rice

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