Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PUMPKIN GOJJU ( Karnataka Style )

Gojju is a curry from Karnataka which is tangy, spicy and a bit sweeter. The base of the curry is a spicy masala ground with fresh coconut and roasted spices. Sesame seeds give a distinct flavour to the curry.It can be prepared with different vegetables and even pineapple.The gravy of this curry is really very delicious and goes well with plain rice, rotis or dosas and idlis. Today's recipe is made with pumpkin. We never liked pumpkin when we were kids and I remember mom made it this way and we relished it not knowing it was pumpkin.

Pumpkin ....  1 cup (cut into cubes )
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Jaggery ... 1 tsp
Tamarind .. lemon sized ( soaked in water)
Salt ... to taste

For the masala:
Grated coconut .. 2-3 tbsps
Chana dal ..... 1 tsp
Urad dal ...... 1 tsp
Sesame seeds .. 1 tbsp
Methi seeds ... 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds ... 1/2 tsp
Dry red chillies .. 2-3 ( as per your taste)

For tempering:
Mustard seeds .. 1 tsp
Dry red chillies .. 1-2
Curry leaves .. 1 sprig
Asafoetida ... a pinch

1. Cut the pumpkin into cubes.
2. Heat a little oil in a pan, saute the pumpkin and add a little salt, turmeric powder and a little water to cook.
3. Also add the tamarind extract and jaggery. Simmer until three-fourths done.
4. Meanwhile take a tsp of oil in a pan and roast the gram dal and urad dal to a golden colour. Now add the sesame seeds, methi seeds, cumin seeds and the dry red chillies and roast further. Tip in the grated coconut and continue to saute for half a minute. Let it cool.
5. Now grind this in a mixie adding a little water to make a thick paste.
6. Mix the ground paste to the cooked pumpkin and simmer to cook further until the gravy gets cooked.
7. Check the salt and add if needed.
8. Finally add the tempering of mustard seeds, dry red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida.

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  1. Having lived in Karnataka all my growing years we Always prepared different types of Gujju , lovely post. , brought memories back. Beautiful post Shobha :-)

    1. Thank you so much Radha, your compliment means a lot to me :)

  2. Looks so yummy must try bookmarked Shoba

  3. Tried the recipe,, and it was very tasty.. One more thing to menTion is I stored it for 4 days... Thanks for sharing..

  4. Looks delicious...love the flavors of coconut..

  5. I am going to book mark and try this it looks delicious.

    1. Thanks for liking and wanting to try out Nayna..

  6. I am a pumpkin fanatic and always looking for new recipes to try. This one fit the bill - so delicious!

    1. So glad you liked it.The gravy is so delicious.You can pair it with anything.

  7. Pumpkin Gojju! Wow, I had forgotten all about it. Thanks to you, Shobha all the childhood memories are flooding back again. I also have a recipe to go with the gojju. :D

    1. Wow, really feel happy to hear that this post brought back childhood memories.

  8. What's not to like in gojju . The melange of tangy, sweet and spicy flavors is a treat to taste buds . I love to mix with hot rice and ghee .

    1. Yes Priya, you are right. The gravy is too good and perfect with plain rice


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