Coriander leaves have immaculate Immune-boosting, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties. Coriander may protect your heart by lowering blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. The antioxidants in coriander may reduce brain inflammation, improve memory, and reduce anxiety symptoms, though more research is needed.

Flavouring our Thokku with facts 

The origin of coriander is still unclear, however, it is one of the oldest known herbs and spices. The seeds of coriander have been discovered in ruins going back to 5000 B.C., and the plant was referenced in the Bible. The Greek word for it is Koris, which means a stick insect. This is perhaps a reference to the strong scent that the bruised leaves of the coriander plant emit.

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients: 

3 Cups Coriander Leaves Tightly Packed

1 Gooseberry-Sized Tamarind

1 tbsp Urad Dal

5 nos Red Chili

¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds

1 Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)

1 tsp Grated Jaggery

1 tsp Salt adjust to your taste

¼ tsp Turmeric Powder

FOR TEMPERING:

2 tbsp Sesame Oil

1 tsp Mustard seeds

1 tsp Split Bengal Gram (Chana Dal )

1 sprig Curry leaves

Method: 

Remove the leaves and thin stem of the coriander leaves and measure it and clean it thoroughly. Chop the coriander leaves roughly and set aside. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil, add urad dal, fenugreek, and red chilli and saute it for a couple of minutes. Take the fried ingredients to the mixer jar, add tamarind, jaggery, and salt, then add washed and chopped coriander leaves to it. Grind it to a smooth paste by adding only a little water. 

Heat the remaining oil in the pan again and add the mustard seeds when the mustard seeds start to sputter, add split Bengal gram and fry the Bengal gram till it's golden, then add curry leaves and give a mix. Next, add the ground coriander-spice paste along with turmeric powder to the pan and add 1 cup of water to the mixer jar, rinse the remain of paste and add it to the pan. Allow the thokku to cook for 10 minutes on a low flame.  After 10 minutes, you can see the oil starts oozing out of the thokku and the thokku would have become thick also. Now Coriander Leaves Thokku (Kothamalli Thokku) is now ready to serve. 

Coriander leaves thokku is the easiest side-dish, which besides being healthy is also finger-licking good. A long healthy life can be your fate if you watch what you put on that plate, so, make this healthy side condiment and take care of your health.