Thokku is a South Indian spicy condiment dish halfway between a chutney and an Indian pickle that you usually eat mixed with hot rice or served on the side of idli or dosa. It can last for a few weeks and is very versatile so you can have it with most anything – with cheese & crackers, on a sandwich, mixed into noodles, etc. I’ve seen it made from a variety of different sour or tart fruits like cranberries, tomato and flipping through an old recipe book with my mom, we came across a thokku recipe made from green mango. When I received these red & green gooseberries in my farm share I thought I’d try my hand at my first thokku.
This was the first time I had tried a red gooseberry too. Around July, I usually receive the green variety which taste kind of like sour grapes and are quite juicy. The red variety is a bit sweeter. These gooseberries are really different from the ones in India, which are hard, larger and have one seed in the middle. Thokku is traditionally also made with that type of gooseberry.
These gooseberries have very small seeds in them that you can eat and a lot of juice, unlike the Indian gooseberry variety.
I hope you enjoy!