Thakkali Thokku ~ Spicy Tomato Relish

  If you had seen something red peaking out in my Ari Dosa post, then it was this delicious “Thakkali Thokku”. Thakkali Thokku is basically a tomato chutney prepared in parts of South India – not Kerala though 🙂 – and goes amazingly well with anything – chapathis, as side for rice, with dosas and idlis. You name it, it goes really well with it. I am not a tomato fanatic but somehow blogging tempts you into staring at certain recipes and it keeps replaying in your head till you make it. That’s how the Thakkali Thokku happened and now keeps happening when tomatoes are available at a good price. I don’t need to tell you how expensive these red roundels have become off late!     The best part about this recipe is its adaptability. I have kept it as mildly spicy as possible for my whole family to… 

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Simple Dates Pickle

We have had a long weekend, thanks for the 42nd National Day of the UAE. The day is actually today, but nowadays they seem to be clubbing holidays along with the weekend, so we got the holiday yesterday. We went for a long drive to Muscat, to meet a classmate of mine, who I so badly wanted to see and Alhamdulillah, I had a good time. The kids enjoyed and the HD was kind enough to drive the whole long trip up and down. All the sitting in the car has given me some cramped legs and hands, and I am feeling so unlike myself. But that’s what long weekends are meant for – you will need an extra day to get over its hangover! Celebrating the “Spirit of the Union”, a peek into my B’s car: Happy birthday, UAE! The country that has been a part of me since… 

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