May 11, 2011

Pineapple gojju / Pineapple chunks in tangy sauce


 
 A classic Kannada dish, Pineapple Gojju is a slurpy tangy curry and is a standard fare in weddings across South Karnataka especially. As kids, we used to look forward to invites to weddings / functions where this would be served :-) In Tamil, gojju is called 'gothsu', but  I was wondering what the 'english' equivalent would be - may be a tangy sauce :-)

This is a superquick gravy to put together, especially in the summer season when this fruit is available in plenty. Do ensure you ensure sweet pineapple to get best results. If using canned fruit (which I quite don't prefer), ensure you drain out the extra syrup from the chunks. This curry goes well with chapathi, but can be also mixed with plain steamed rice and tastes heavenly with chilled yoghurt rice (mosaranna in Kannada). Slurp ! This goes to Blogging Marathon's Day 3 of "Curry in a hurry"

Preparation time: 10 mins. Cooking time: 10 mins. Serves : 4

Ingredients: 
  • Pineapple Chunks (1-inch cubes) - 3/4 cup
  • Tamarind - 1 lemon sized
  • Jaggery grated - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

Masala Powder:
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Raw rice - 1/4 tsp
  • Dhaniya / dry coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies - 2
  • Kashmiri chilli - 1 no
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing / Asafoetida - 1 tsp
  • Dry grated coconut - 2 tbsp

Method:

1) Boil the pineapple chunks in 1 cup of water and turmeric for about 5 - 6 mins. Cool.
2) Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup warm water and extract the juice. If using tamarind extract, the required quantity is about 1 tbsp.
3) Meanwhile roast all the masala powder ingredients separately, one by one , in about 1 tbsp oil. Cool and powder into a fine powder.
4) In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Splutter mustard and curry leaves. Add tamarind extract, boiled pineapple chunks (along with the water). Add salt.
5) When it comes to low boil, add the masala powder and stir well. Add grated jaggery at this stage. Cover and simmer on medium heat till you get the required consistency (pulikachal / pizza sauce consistency).
6) Check and adjust seasonings (spice / salt / jaggery ) according to taste.
7) Serve with curd rice / chapathi / plain steamed rice.

Tips:

1) Do use ripe sweet pineapples only for this.
2) The masala powder may be made in larger quantities and refrigerated to be used as and when required for the gojju.
3) If you are pressed for time, use a combo of 1/2 tsp of chilli powder + 2 tsp of Rasam powder instead of the masala powder. However, the proportion of other spices will need to be adjusted proportionately (esp. jaggery / tamarind)

                           

Check out the Blogging Marathoners doing BM#5 along with me
Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Cool Lassi(e), Harini, Kalyani, Priya Mahadevan, Suma
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Priya Suresh, Veena,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: Shylaja, Srivalli
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Priya Yallapantula
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast:Aarthi, Vaishali

14 comments:

  1. I like pineapple sprinkled with a little sugar,salt,chilli powder,and lemon juice....I think this taste like the same...So i am gonna try this soon and let you know ok...

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  2. Slurp! slurp....totally new n interesting...can be served cold too?n wat other Gojjus can we make?

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  3. Slurp,mouthwatering here, gojju looks simply inviting and wonderful..

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  4. We call it pulusu in telugu. I have seen people add rice flour to pulusu/gojju to thicken the sauce but we use sesame seed powder instead. If it is a fish pulusu, then we skip it all together.

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  5. looks tempting..Its been in my to-do list for quite some time now..shall try it out soon..

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  6. Will be trying this out.....tangy+sweet is a combo I love.

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  7. Love the idea of this curry, superb gravy :)

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  8. Yumm...
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  9. yummm, very inviting. lovely pics

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  10. Such a mouth watering dish. One of my favorite gojjus, I should say.

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  11. you and I seem to have made similar dishes with different fruits :) Pineapple gojju is awesome!

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  12. @ Vaishali - This is generally served hot with rice / chapati. However, keeps well in the fridge for a day or two. You can also make gojjus with Karela (Bittergourd) / Ladies finger / Suran (Yam)but the procedure slightly differs for other 3 veggies. Shall post them soon enough:)
    @ Arathi & Jayashree - do try it out and let me know how this came.
    @ Usha - yes, this is called Pulusu. Instead of rice flour. I have fried raw rice to give it the thickness required. Diferent methods, but end product almost similar i guess :-)

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  13. This looks utterly divine! I would certainly love this with a plate of hot steaming rice!

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