Lemon Thokku

It is a very tasty thokku, made from lemon and it has the taste of sweet and sour. Originally this thokku is made from citron (narthangai in Tamil), but I couldn’t find it in the Indian vegetable stores in Minnesota. So I used the same recipe to make it using a big lemon, which is easily available. It goes well with any kind of variety rice or plain rice. Here is the recipe.


  • Lemon ————————— 1 (big size)
  • Tamarind ———————– a tiny ball size
  • Turmeric ———————— 1/4 tsp
  • Indian chili powder —— 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery ————————— 2 tbsp (crushed)
  • For tempering
    • Gingelly oil ————– 3 tbsp
    • Mustard seeds ——— 1/2 tsp
    • Hing ————————- 1/4 tsp

How to Make

  • Cut the lemon and discard the seeds
  • Heat a steamer in medium heat
  • In the steamer plate add the lemon, tamarind and salt
  • Cook it for 15 minutes and turn off the stove
  • Wait for it to cool down and grind it using a mixer, while grinding add little water as needed
  • Now heat the oil in a pan on medium heat
  • Add the mustards and once it crackles, add the Hing
  • Then add the ground lemon, turmeric powder and chili powder
  • Stir it and cook it for about seven minutes
  • Then add the jaggery and stir it well until it melts
  • Keep it in the heat for couple more minutes and turn of the stove
  • Now the tasty lemon thokku is ready to serve


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