Green Chilli Thokku


Pacha Milagai Thokku is a traditional Thokku prepared with green chilli. My Amma learnt this recipe from her grandmother. When my Amma visited us, hubby was asking her to prepare this. Having a sweet tooth I was bit hesitant to taste this, but I took very little quantity as a side dish for Curd rice, though it was extremely spicy, loved the spiciness. This hot spicy thokku is easy to prepare and can be kept for months when stored in airtight container and refrigerated


Green chilli –  25

Tamarind – big gooseberry size

Salt – as per taste

Asafetida powder/hing – generous pinch

Jaggery – 1 tbsp

To temper:

Mustard – 1/4 tsp

Fenu Greek – 1/8 tsp

Sesame oil – 4 to 5 tablespoon


• Add 1 tsp oil and Saute the green chilli till the color changes. Grind it into a paste along with salt, tamrind and asofetida. Add 2 – 3 tbsp of water to grind into fine paste


• Add 2 tbsp of oil to pan, when the oil is hot add mustard seeds, Asofetida and fengreek. After they splutter add the ground green chilli paste, cook in moderate flame by stirring in between (add remaining oil little by little)


• When its 3/4 th cooked and starts becoming thick, add jaggery and continue cooking


• Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or till the color changes to dark blackish green; remove the mix when it leaves the sides of the pan or when it forms as a thick paste. Suits well with Curd Rice, Idli, Dosa etc.,


My Notes:

  • Tamrind can be grinded along with green chilli paste
  • Instead of grinding green chilli you can also finely chop them

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16 thoughts on “Green Chilli Thokku

  1. sailaja February 6, 2015 at 4:13 PM Reply


  2. alphonsastephen January 22, 2015 at 8:26 PM Reply

    Very new to me. Looks good and tasty

  3. Amanda January 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM Reply

    I love that this recipe was passed down. I’m a huge fan of green chili. This looks amazing. Beautiful pics as always.

  4. sindhoooo January 21, 2015 at 4:28 AM Reply

    Mmmm, yummy tokku! Slrup! Slurp!

  5. Malar January 20, 2015 at 7:57 PM Reply

    My grandma prepares pachai milagai pachadi, we usually take it for palani patha yatra. That used to be a great comfort food as keep walking in the cold night. Right now every one is gearing up for the trip at home. I am just reminded of those days by seeing your post 🙂 Looks fabulous Vidya, I will give it a try may be not now 🙂 Will bookmark it!!!

    • Traditionally Modern Food January 21, 2015 at 9:46 PM Reply

      Thanks for sharing your great memories dear:-) Cool Malar, try it when time comes:) btw i have a post scheduled today and its yours

  6. Bharani January 20, 2015 at 7:23 PM Reply

    Yummy…I love spicy food, will definitely try this 🙂

  7. apuginthekitchen January 20, 2015 at 6:21 PM Reply

    Sounds really good, what is this served with?

  8. apsara January 20, 2015 at 12:17 PM Reply

    Ooh, yummy! Love the color too.

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