Friday, June 6, 2008

Health Vegetable #2 - Celery

I came across this recipe for a celery thokku in I tried it out last week and it tasted awesome! In fact, I even recommended it to my friend and she also loved it. I think it is a beautiful way to include a healthy vegetable like Celery in your diet.

So, with due credits to the Hema and her MIL who thought of this unique and tasty recipe, here it comes - Celery Thokku ( from

Green chillies
Asafoetida - a pinch
Cilantro leaves- chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inch cube
Mustard: 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Gingerly oil (til oil) - 1/4 cup ( this adds the unique taste in the recipe)

Chop up the celery and saute it with cilantro in about 1-2 tbsp of oil for 4-5 minutes. Set aside. Next heat up another tbsp of oil and add chopped chillies, hing and ginger. Let this cook for 5 minutes. Put this and the celery in the blender and grind to a fine paste. Heat up about 6-7 tbsp of the oil. Add mustard seeds and once they splutter, add the paste. Add salt and turmeric and keep cooking till the oil leaves the sides of the pan. This step takes a while. The thokku should have a thick paste like consistency. ( reproduced from veg concoctions)

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