Hara Pyazwali Gojju for "H", is my contribution to Nupur's "A to Z of Indian Vegetables" weekly event. This week's letter is "H". Thanks Nupur!:)
Well..here is an authentic Kannadiga dish (Erulli Gojju)for you although the "Hara Pyaz"(green onion) is just for the "H" letter!:) This recipe was given to me by my best friend's mom way back when I was a young bride and inexperienced cook in Bangalore.There is a little story behind this dish which you can say is my first ever "real" dish I cooked and loved.
When I was newly married and a novice cook with very little experience,slowly gaining confidence and this dish is one of the first recipes my best friend's mother gracefully provided me with.It still brings me lot of great memories whenever I cook this Gojju.;D
Green Onion Gojju:
Hara Pyaz is nothing but Green Onion in Hindi and Gojju is a typical Kannada word for a dish which is almost dry vegetable dish with not much gravy but not a stir-fry either.
Here is a plate for you. Gojju with rice rotis:
How to make it:
You need about 4 bunches of Green onions as you get in the grocery stores in bundles.Wash and chop all those as shown here.Keep it aside. Toast and powder all the spices you see below and keep it aside.Take a small lump of Tamarind and soak in little water,squeeze out the water and discard the solids.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a non-stick pan,add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds,1 tbsp Chana dal (split red gram).When dal gets reddish,add chopped green onion and fry for few minutes until they wilt a little.You don't have let it cook completely,little crunch in them tastes great.
Toast 2 tsp cumin seeds,1 tbsp Sesame seeds (til),1 tbsp dry or fresh coconut,1 tbsp Yellow split gram,1 red or green Jalapeno or green chillies one by one until you get an aroma.Cool a bit and then grind to paste without water or may be 1-2 tbsps of water.
Add this powder to the pan along with tamarind juice and little salt.Mix well and let it cook for few more minutes until you get semi solid Gojju. It's ready to serve with rice rotis.
One more look:
How to make them:
Boil 1 cup of water with 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan.Turn down the heat to low,add 3/4 cup or more rice flour to the water,mix well until you get a solid but not too hard dough.Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
Take the dough out.When reasonably cool to touch,divide into 4 portions, roll in to balls,press on a foil sprayed with little no-stick oil to a circle.
Heat a Tava or griddle to medium high heat,place a roti and cook both sides until you little specks on top but not too much.Serve with Gojju.Tastes great.