Apple Thokku | Apple pickle

 

This spicy Apple Thokku | Apple pickle is the best use of all the excess apple that we pick during the fall season. Apple pickle works great for tart and/or sour apples.

How to make Apple Pickle / Apple thokku

It is fall in the Northeast and fall here means, Apples. We spent a wonderful afternoon in a local farm picking apples and we came home with around 25 lbs of apples. Now you know what is going to come in the next few days. It is going to be recipes involving apples. Stay tuned to apple recipes.
 
apples from apple picking
As soon as we came home, I had this urge to make something right away. I wanted to make Apple pie, apple this and apple that. Now to make all these I needed a long list of ingredients and I was in no intention to go out. So came out with the Apple Thokku|Apple pickle idea and here it goes. I treated the apples just like raw mango for this recipe.
 
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Apple Thokku

I am big time apple lover and make several different dishes with apple. Check out my most popular apple recipes here – 

Apple Pickle
 
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 45 mins
Difficulty level – easy
 
Apple Pickle
 
 

Ingredients to make Indian Style Apple Pickle – (makes a pint)

  • Apples (any tart variety) – 3
  • Nalla ennai/sesame oil – 5 tbsp (can be substituted with olive oil)
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Asafetida – ½ tsp
  • Salt – as needed

Spicy Apple Pickle

Procedure to make Apple Pickle –

  • Dry roast the fenugreek seeds and grind it into powder. Keep it aside.
  • Clean the apples, core it, peel the skin and grate it using a grater.
Grated apple for apple pickle
  • Heat oil in a kadai or a non stick pan. Add the mustard seeds and once the seeds splutter, add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafetida and the fenugreek powder. Fry it for about 30 secs and then add the grated apples.

How to apple pickle

 
  • Mix well and cook it in low flame. Cover the pan to allow the apples to cook. Keep stirring once in a while to prevent the apples from burning.
  • After about 10 mins, you would see that the apples are cooked and they are mushy in appearance. Cook it for 10 mins or so with the lid opened. Keep stirring. At this stage the oil will start to float and the thokku / pickle will start leaving the sides of the pan.

Procedure to make apple thokku

 
  • Turn off the flame and let it cool down. Store the apple thokku in an airtight container. Refrigerate for longer shelf life.
 
Indian style Apple pickle / thokku
 
Indian style Apple pickle / thokku
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Apple Thokku | Apple Pickle

This spicy Apple pickle is the best use of all the excess apple that we pick during the fall season. Apple pickle / Apple thokku works great for tart and/or sour apples.

Course pickles, spices and condiments
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword Apple pickle recipe, Apple thokku, How to make apple pickle, How to make apple urugai, South Indian spicy apple pickle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 1 pint
Author Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Ingredients

  • Apples any tart variety – 3
  • Nalla ennai/sesame oil – 5 tbsp can be substituted with olive oil
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Asafetida – ½ tsp
  • Salt – as needed

Instructions

  1. Dry roast the fenugreek seeds and grind it into powder. Keep it aside.
  2. Clean the apples, core it, peel the skin and grate it using a grater.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai or a non stick pan. Add the mustard seeds and once the seeds splutter, add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafetida and the fenugreek powder. Fry it for about 30 secs and then add the grated apples.
  4. Mix well and cook it in low flame. Cover the pan to allow the apples to cook. Keep stirring once in a while to prevent the apples from burning.
  5. After about 30 mins, you would see that the apples are cooked and they are mushy in appearance. Cook it for 10 mins or so with the lid opened. Keep stirring. At this stage the oil will start to float and the thokku will start leaving the sides of the pan.
  6. Turn off the flame and let it cool down. Store the apple thokku in an airtight container. Refrigerate for longer shelf life.

18 thoughts on “Apple Thokku | Apple pickle

  1. 5 stars
    This apple pickle was absolutely delicious and a great addition to my roasted pork loin dinner. Thank you for sharing. We will make this again and again!

  2. I’m eager to try this recipe. Actually I’m looking for some way to pickle apples (in this style or with another blend of Indian spices) to last 2-3 months at least. Does this method have a shelf life of a couple of months like other Indian pickled recipes? If not, then what changes would allow such a shelf life? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Krishna, Apple pickle will not have a very long shelf life because of the moisture in it. It usually stays good for two to three weeks. To increase the shelf life, you could use a little more oil than I have used and also cook the apples longer to get rid of moisture.

  3. 5 stars
    The apple pickle looks super tempting. Yes true the way to utilise apples in fall season.
    Though I have never tried making pickle from apples this is tempting me to do it soon.

  4. 5 stars
    It like a mango thokku. What a great idea, I love the spices and aroma of thokku! next time I am going to make apple thokku. Thanks for the idea sandhya!

  5. I used to make apple chutney most of the times, but now I’m going to make this apple pickle. It sounds so lipsmacking 😋and it would make a great option for me as a side accompaniment with all my meals.

  6. 5 stars
    Sandhya, Love this quick and lip smacking apple thokku. I’m like you when I have loads of apples at home I want to use them in every way possible. My aunt went to the UK in the early 70s and at that time mangoes were not available there. She would use green apples to make pickles and chutneys.

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