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Ellu Thogayal / Black Sesame Seeds Thogayal

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My apologize for not being active and not informing about my absence. My Internet connection was not working properly and also I am lil busy with personal stuffs. I will be posting recipes only when time permits for few upcoming weeks and request you all to continue your support till I come to my routine work.

Just to wake my blog after a week’s break, I am posting this simple thogayal which pairs well with this rice. I make this thogayal only when I prepare this rice and it tastes heaven along with tamarind gravy which is in the queue to treat you next. Now off to the thogayal.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time and Cooking Time: <10 minutes

Serves: 3 persons


Black sesame seeds / Ellu – 1/2 cup

Dry red chilli – 3 nos

Jaggery – 1 tablespoon

Tamarind – 1 gooseberry size

Garlic – 3 nos, small size

Salt – to taste

Water – 2 tablespoons


1) Wash and soak tamarind in 2 tablespoons of water. Meanwhile dry roast sesame seeds and dry red chilli. By the time sesame seeds splutter and release aroma, remove from the stove.

2) Allow the roasted ingredients to cool to room temperature.

3) In a dry mixer, add sesame seeds and dry red chilli and grind it to a powder. Then, add jaggery, garlic cloves, soaked tamarind along with water and salt. Grind it to a smooth paste.

4) Serve it with Ulunthu sadam.


1) It is important to dry roast the sesame seeds just until it splutter. Immediately remove from fire and transfer to another plate to avoid burning.

2) Increase the tamarind size if it is not very sour. Mine was very sour and so I used only in a size of gooseberry.

3) Addition of garlic is optional. Increase of decrease the water quantity as per your personal preference.

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Superb, we make a similar chutney too!


healthy and tasty thogayal


tempting ellu thogayal

FewMinute Wonders

I will make this. I love ellu and so does my husband. Would be great with rice.


Nvr heard of this… Will try soon


different thogayal.. i use sesame seeds only while grinding idli podi..:)


lovely thogayal…will try this soon…


tempting clicks,looks so irresistible.


never heard about this thogaiyal uma.. will give a try..

Vimitha Durai

Never tried ellu thogayal Uma… Will try soon… Take care dear


looks delicious


Never tried of it…nice post and clicks

Ruxana Gafoor

looks yummy and nice clicks…