Chinna Vengaya thokku

Chinna Vengayam in tamil means shallots.  Shallots have better nutrient profile than onions. They are rich in anti-oxidants, iron, vitamins, minerals. Shallots contain iron, a nutrient your red blood cells need to function. Consuming iron helps your body produce enough hemoglobin to support red blood cell function. Iron also plays a role in your metabolism, facilitates brain function and keeps your tissues strong by helping you produce collagen. Also it is very good to include it during summer. During summer we can keep one shallot in our pocket or purse. It helps in combating the heat in summer. So it is advisable to consume more shallots during summer. Already I have posted Vengaya thogayal made with onions. And now I am going to use shallots. I got this recipe from my mom. She makes very tasty thokku. The main job is to peel the skin and rest can be made in a jiffy. It is the best side dish that can be taken for travel.



Shallots –  1 cup

Red chilli – 3

Tamarind – Turkey berry size

Jaggery –  A small piece

Gingelley oil – 2 tbsp

Salt – To taste

  • Soak the shallots in water for atleast an hour. This will help to peel the skin easily.
  • Peel the skin thoroughly and if necessary cut it into half.


  • In a kadai, add gingelley oil and saute the shallots until they become glassy.
  • Allow it to cool.


  • Then grind the shallots with red chilli, jaggery, tamarind and salt.
  • Again add oil in a kadai and saute the ground paste.
  • The colour of the paste turns from light brown to reddish orange colour.
  • Turn of the stove when the oil separates.
  • You can serve this as a side dish for roti, idli and dosai.


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