Ellu Thovayal

Ellu - Sesame seeds is a common source of nutrition. "Elaichavanukku Ellu" is a Tamil saying; meaning 'Sesame for the Skinny' as it nourishes. Sesame seeds and oil play an important role in our cuisine. Sesame oil has a long shelf life and is very healthy with a high level of natural anti-oxidants, leading to the Tamil name - "Nalla Ennai" (Nalla is Healthy or Good and Ennai is Oil). History has it that 'Sesame' was consumed for beauty as well as strength by Greeks and Romans; and for better absorption of nutrients, it is better to consume sesame seeds in the ground form.
Ellu Thovayal is a must on Purattasi Saturdays. Mix it with Rice along with a spoon of ghee. Yummy... :-)

Sesame seeds - 4 Tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Dry Red Chillies - 3
Tamarind - 1" piece
Coconut - 4 Tbsp

Heat a deep and heavy based kadai. Dry roast (over a medium flame) the Sesame seeds (black or white), until they splutter and are puffed up. Transfer to a plate to cool.
Heat 1 tsp oil in the same pan and add the dal; then add in tamarind, curry leaves and dry red chillies. Saute until the chillies have changed colour slightly. Add coconut and saute for 2 minutes. Add salt and take it off heat.
Cool and then grind to a smooth paste adding very little water (as needed).

Purattasi Sanikizhamai (Saturday) Special Lunch on a Banana Leaf would typically be as follows:
  1. Salt, Appalam
  2. Ellu Thovayal
  3. Vazhakkai Poriyal
  4. Chow-Chow Kootu
  5. Sadham
  6. Paruppu - Nei
  7. Perandai Kuzhambu
  8. Rasam
  9. Thair / More
  10. Payasam


Sangeetha Nambi said…
Thovayal using Ellu... That's a new one to me...
WeR SAHM said…
thogayal looks delicious...
wow nice recipe,thanks for sharing...
Healthy thovayal and all most vanished from our menu...
Priya said…
Fingerlicking, flavourful thovayal.

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