July 24, 2007

YELLOW CAPSICUM GOJJU AND SAFETY TIPS!

Yellow Capsicum Gojju,is my contribution to Nupur from "One Hot Stove" blog's "A to Z Indian Vegetables" event.This week's letter is "Y", thanks for hosting Nupur!:)


Gorgeous yellow and Orange Bell peppers!

No, there are not homegrown!:) I wish I could grow in my backyard but they probably need special care I am sure.They are so beautiful to look at and sweeter than the regular green bell peppers.I enjoyed cooking with these.I love colors!:)

Capsicum Gojju:


Gojju in Karnataka is any vegetable cooked with little gravy with spices and always served as side dish with either rice or dosas or chapatis.You can add any vegetables ofyour choice,not necessarily these colorful Capsicums.But looks good,doesn't it?:D

You Need:

2-3 Bell peppers,sliced thick,1 Eggplant cubed,1 Potato cubed,2 Tomatoes,salt,2tsp Tamarind paste,1/4tsp Hing,salt,cilantro,1/2 tsp sugar or Jaggery.
For seasoning: 1tbsp oil and ghee mixed,1/2 tsp Mustard seeds,1 tbsp Chana dal,1 onion chopped,,1 red chilly.



For Gojju powder: Toast 1 tbsp Channa dal,1/2 tbsp Urad dal,I tbsp Coriander seeds,1 /2 tbsp Cumin seeds,2 red dry chillies,1" cinnamon,2 cloves until reddish,cool and powder.Keep aside.

How to make it:

Heat oil and ghee,fry mustard seeds,Chana dal,1 onion,red chilly.When onion is reddish,add the vegetables and fry for 5 mins.Add 1 cup of water and salt,jaggery,1 tbsp Gojju pd,tamarind,cover and cook for 3-5 mins,do not until very soft.Taste and adjust the spices,salt and chili pd to your taste.Garnish with cilantro and serve with rotis or rice.




Another look:

I accidentally deleted two photos I took of these while cooking and with Chapatis,couldn't get them back! I had to post the last photo to avoid the super short post this week. Sigh...sometimes my brain comes to screeching halt! I am gettin' old people!!Hahaha!!


Few safety tips with Kitchen Appliances:


Here are some tips on kitchen appliances for Jyotsna from "Curry Bazaar"'s event for July.Thanks for hosting J!:))



Cooking with gas ranges:
1. When lighting any match-lit burners or ovens, always light the match before turning on the gas. If the flame goes out, turn off the burner and let the gas disperse before relighting.
2. Clean away any grease, oil or debris from the area around burners to help prevent fires.
3. Never use water to put out a grease fire. Use baking soda, or if a fire is in a pan, smother the flames with a lid. A fire extinguisher in the kitchen is also recommended.
4. Move any flammable objects - towels, curtains, calendars - away from range burners and other hot surfaces.It applies to all the appliances as well.
Outlets: Don't overload an outlet with too many lamps or appliances.Put safety covers over unused electric outlets. This is particularly important if you have children in your home. Never let children play around outlets.
Cords: Do not place electric cords under rugs or where they can be walked on or damage can go unnoticed. Check for cords that are broken, frayed, damaged or tied in knots, or that have melted insulation. Have them repaired or replaced promptly.Use extension cords with three-pronged plugs for appliances that require grounding.Insert and remove plugs by grasping the plug. Pulling on the cord could damage it. Be careful not to let fingers touch the metal prongs.
Blenders: Make sure never to start a blender without the lid. When you are liquidizing hot soups in the blender,let the soup cool a little before processing to avoid splashing and burns! Always clean the blender immediately after use with warm soapy water, not in dish washer.Always use a rubber or plastic spatula to take out the contents after unplugging the cord from the blender first,instead of using your hands.You need those God given beautiful fingers intact in one piece to eat,don't ya?! ;D
That's it.Some of these infos are from the Internet public safety awareness sites and some of my own from my experience in my kitchen.Take care and enjoy cooking!:))

Have a great week,be safe and enjoy the Sun shine!:))

65 comments:

Priyanka said...

Ahh... i was waiting for you to put up some recipe.... kept checking the past couple of days to see what you would come up with... and its too good....the capsicums look so colorful...vibrant and tempting.... wish i could have some... but i m off food... suffered from food poisoning.... but will come back for more later...

Asha said...

So sorry to hear that Priyanka.My son had food poisoning once from the school cafe hot dog and he went thru' a lot.Feel better soon.Hugs!:)
Gojju is a simple dish.Try it later.
Yesterday, I went for my eye test.They dilated my pupils which made it harder to see for a whole day.I took my time today posting this,still blurry!:D

Jyothi said...

Hi Asha! never tried yellow bell peppers for curry purpose. Yours recipe looks colorful, tempting and awesome. That tips are very helpful. Thanks for sharing dear.

Sharmi said...

yellow capsicum gojju sound perfect and great one for "Y". lovely color and tempting too.

Jyothsna said...

I like colourful dishes, more appetising , right?! Thanks for those tips :) Take care of your eyes and don't stress, dear!

SeeC said...

Absolutely Gorgeous !!!
Love your pictures.

Give some rest to your eyes. Take care.

Asha said...

You are welcome Jyoti.Bell peppers are sweet and makes a great spicy gravy dish.Hope you try!:)

Thanks Sharmi!:)
Y was easy than X!;D
Enjoy the Gojju.

Hi J,thanks darling! I can see lot better today than yesterday.
Colorful dishes indeed feast for the eyes first and then for the belly!:D
I will send the link to you later.Hugs.

sra said...

Beautiful pix, Asha, love the first one!

Sia said...

aha... i was waiting for ur Y entry n now i am drooling:) looks absolutely delicious as usual:) LOL@deleting the pics by mistake. i do that most of the times n u cant call me old for that;) he he he...
how r u feeling today ashakka? read ur comment yest. i was busy un-cluttering my blog;) thats very sweet of tushar to help u in typing comments:)

Seema said...

Wow Ashakka, Y for yellow capsicum. Nim thale henge vodatte? Nan thale eegla baddu aagbittide hee hee. I love the yellow orange and red capsicums as well. They just add beautiful color to any dish alwa? Gojju looks mouthwatering Ashakka. Would go perfect with chapathi alwa.

Tee said...

love the colour of the dish! perfect to put some sunshine in your life:) I had a question...does gojju not represent 'saar' too? I had read in some magazine that gojju is 'saar'...

Manasi said...

OH!!! love the colour!!! I have one red and one green capsicum @ home... can I try with that (minus the eggplant)??????

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

Yellow capsicum gooju looks colourful and new....hmm thats a wonderful information on safety tips..

Asha said...

Thanks Seec.Those colorful bell peppers are gorgeous,aren't they? Give it a try!:))

Thanks sra.This is a typical K'taka Gojju pd which ca be added to any veg dish!:)

Meeta said...

That looks so colorful Asha. A lovely summery dish! I too prefer the yellow and orange variety because they taste sweeter.

Asha said...

LOL!! Yes,you are about 12-13 yrs younger than me!I usually am not forgetful like that but guess it's nervousness of meeting the eye Surgeon!:)
Sia,I am going for Lasik surgery,date is not fixed yet but got to go thru' it in 2 weeks or so.I miss reading novels etc.Hopefully,they can make me see lot better than right now!:)
Tushar did help.I thought my comment didn't go bcos your post disappeared!I am getting my vision back slowly ,so I am okay today.
Try the Gojju pd in any veggie,tastes great.

Kelly Mahoney said...

It turned out so pretty and colorful!

Asha said...

Seema,California summer Bandh aagide nin talege!:D
Probably too much work for you right now, but August and School is almost here,you will be alright.Chapatige tumba chennagirutte,madi nodu.Gojju pd,you can use with anything!:)

Tee,Gojju is usually lot thicker than Saaru which is like Sambhar with veggies and dal.Gooju is mainly used as side dish with rotis or rice,it has thick gravy.
Huli on the hand,is somewhere betn Saar and Gojju and used with rice like Saaru.Gets complicated ,isn't it?:D Gojju is for side dish,enjoy.

Asha said...

Manasi,absolutely you can! Just peppers will taste great too.Add the Potato for some texture.Peppers tends to get softer when cooked.Enjoy!:))

Usha,J's event is on until 15th,you can add some tips too.Helps everybody to learn and share as well! Hope you try the Gojju too.Thanks girl!:)

Asha said...

Meeta,it's true,they are sweet.They almost taste like fruits than vegetables!:D
Looks so pretty too,most attractive with even if it's a just a stir fry.Hope you had a great weekend!:)

Hi Kelly,thank you!:)
I love those vibrant colors.Sometimes I make just a simple stir-fry red,yellow,Orange and green peppers with salt and pepper,.They are a treat to look at! Wonder if I can add them to Ice Cream!!;D

Richa said...

those peppers look so beautiful! mine are doing good, touch wood :) my red bell pepper is almost ready to be harvested :) green ones grow so big :) gojju looks colorful, yummy powder.

Dee said...

this looks so yummy ashakka!!!!

Asha said...

Richa,you are growing them!! How lucky.I didn't see any pepper plant other than green ones here.Got to try next year.They are expensive to buy!Enjoy the dish.

Thank you Dee.Hope you make it.Gojju powder goes well with any veggies or even just with Potatoes too!:))

Saju said...

ha! you beat me, I was thinking of making stuffed yellow peppers!
BUT......... I have other ideas!

Saju said...

ps
the gojju looks amazing

Priyanka said...

Thanks Asha. Hope you are feeling better too. Just rest your eyes for a couple of days....

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Beautiful looking peppers Asha. Thanks for the safety tips!

Laavanya said...

The Capsicum Gojju looks so colorful, creamy and tasty.
and Thanks for the great safety tips too Asha.

Asha said...

Thanks Saju.Stuffed peppers sounds great too.Post it if you have it!:)

Priyanka,I think that medicine has worn off,I can see clearly today like normal.But might have to take off for a week when I have surgery,will see!:)

Asha said...

Hi Kanchana,good to see you.Thanks.Give it try,I think you will like it!:))

You are welcome Laavanya.Try sometimes.If you have tips about appliances,send it to J,still has until 15th!

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

Just got from your comments...you are not feeling well...how is your eye?Oh gr8...taking Tushar's help in typing comment...A kind request...why do u want to strain much even in this tough time typing comment for each members..
I know you don;t want to disappoint who waits for your response...including me....but take care Ashaji..

Anh said...

I love the look of the capsicum. And the dish sounds great, too. :)

Linda said...

Looks so delicious Asha -- I love the red and orange and yellow peppers best, so sweet and juicy!

This is summer drama camp 'show week' so I am up to my elbows being drama mama... but better late passing by than never -- hope all's well with you in the sunny south :)

Neelam said...

Hi Asha ..nice colourful recipe..I like yellow capsicums too! Very useful tips too! Thanks!

Roopa said...

wow, capsicum gojju looks yummy and colorfull. but the colored ones are quite expensive here. i love any capsicums be it any fry or gojju. Hope you are better will miss your posts.My internet connection in office is having problems i think won't be able to comment the blogs. it is taking me more than 10 mins on one blog :0 .Bye take care :) reply only if you can dear don't stress out!

Lakshmi said...

Ashaji,
Loved the colors. I make this often with green capsicums will try sometimes with yellow and orange ones. Hope you are feeling better today with your eyes. Take Care.

meena said...

Hi Asha,
Gojju is just wonderful...And do you read minds??First thing I saw the Yellow capsicum, I thought 'mmm!! the home grown ones!!':)
Capsicum always gives some different taste and colour to the dishes alva? I also prepare capsicum gojju the same way...
Also, thanks for the kitchen safety tips..I came to know about few now only..

Srivalli said...

wow..wonderful looking peppers.. asha...

Srivalli
www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

Kajal said...

Hi Asha,

Really very help tips you write my dear. Thanks for sharing.
Curry looks delicious. Yellow and orange bell peppers give looks ultimate.

Linda said...

Hi again Asha, only passed by quickly last night and did not see all this about your eyes and surgery. It's amazing what they can do now with the eyes. Nervewracking for sure, but once it's over you will be better than ever before you know it. Hugs to you and take good care of yourself :)

Asha said...

Usha,I can see now,that pupil dilating lotion was stronger than usual.I am back to normal now!:)
Yes,I feel that they expect me to visit all and I don't mind as long as I can manage.I love all of you girls.Thanks for caring,hugs to you Usha.

Thank you Anh.Hope you try.I know it's little bit of work to grind those spices,but worth it!:)

Hello Drama mama!!;D
Of course it's okay to take it easy when you are swamped with work.Don't worry about it!
It rained a little here,so it's lot cooler.Trisha needs to take driving test,so we are practicing everyday!:))
Colorful Bell peppers are the best,try Gojju sometimes.Have a great Day at school Linda.

Asha said...

Thank you Neelam.Hope you try the Gojju.Best with sweet peppers!:))

Thanks Roopa,I am okay now.It's just that numbing lotion which made me blurry!It cleared yesterday:))
Sorry about your PC,take it easy if you have trouble.Capsicums are expensive here too,I just buy 2-3 at a time.You can use kind for this too.Have a great week:)

Thanks Lakshmi!I am back to normal now!:)
Yes,for K'takites Gojju is very familiar.I love it with Chapatis.Enjoy.

Asha said...

Meena,most of us who are from K'taka know about this dish,others get confused betn Saaru,Gojju,Huli,Palya etc!!:D Next year,I will see if I can grow them at home too.You can send some tips too to J,if you know some by e mail,glad it helped!:)

Thank you Sri.Hope you try this weekend!:)

Hi Kajal,those peppers are really lokk great in any dish.don't they? I love them too.Glad you liked the tips too,useful when you deal with appliances every day.Enjoy!:)

Asha said...

Hi Linda.Thanks girl.
There is a new surgery in which they insert a contact lens directly behind the Retina but I am not sure I want to go for that.Expensive plus not enough research done yet.
Lasik os okay,surgery lasts 15 mins and recovery is quicker.Haven't decided yet,will see.
My eye sight is really bad,so I might not get rid of the completely but lot better vision after the surgery.I will take a week or so off after the surgery.Right now,I am good to go!:)

Suma Gandlur said...

This is certainly a novel combination of capsicum and gojju.The capsicums look so beutiful.

Asha said...

They are so sweet Suma,I had to make it little spicy.I love the colors too,joy to the eyes!!Hope you try those veggies!:)

Coffee said...

Oh yes! Its sure looks good.... I loved the first pic with yellow and orange peppers! Goju sounds like a semi dry side dish to me.

Pooja V said...

WOW..a very colorful, vibrant and yummy looking dish. I am sure its a treat to taste buds and we can all c that it looks delightful :).

Asha said...

It is Coffee! Just thick enough gravy to cling to the veggies, never thin or runny.Palya can be made with little thinner gravy than this.Hope you try,it's yummy!:))

Hi Pooja,it is delightful to look at and to eat too.Goes well with rotis.Give it a try:)

Manasi said...

Hi, just read that u r planning to go in for lasik! All the best! I had the same done inIndia a good 5-6 yrs ago. Its a breeze!! I was out of the hospital in an hour and a half!!! And I loved the fact that I could see everything CLEARLY without glasses! of course it took a while to get used to the fact that I should not grab my glasses the moment I open my eyes in the morning!!!

Asha said...

Really Manasi! Bee has had laser eye surgery too.I am surprised to learn that so many of you got it done in India!I am late to catch up!
I am talking to the surgeon next week,let's see what he says.My vision is pretty bad,I might still have to wear glasses but LOT thinner lenses!:)
I can imagine! I probably do that too ie trying to get my glasses off of the bed side table!!:D
Thank you Manasi.I am little nervous about how I feel the next day but got to do it!Kids will help me out since they are home.Arvind will drive me back and forth!:))

Nupur said...

Yellow capsicums look sunny and gorgeous, and the gojju looks delicious!

Asha said...

Thanks Nupur! I love those colorful Capsicums too.
This week nobody will post Gojju for Y unlike multiple Xacutis last time!!;D

Latha said...

Oh yumm! The colors look so good. I have one orange pepper at home, will try it with that and a green pepper!

Asha said...

Hi Latha,good to see you!:)
Orange and green sounds like a great combo to me,throw in a Alu for white!Enjoy girl!:))

Prema Sundar said...

yellow and orange bell pepper gojju looks awesome Asha. They look beautiful when added to any dishes ...Thanks for the useful info too.

Asha said...

Thank you Prema.They are like beauty queens in the pepper world!!:D

Susan said...

Gorgeous indeed! Thank you for the helpful tips as well.

Asha said...

Thank you Susan,glad you liked it!:)
You are missing all the Ice Creams at Foodies hope Susan!! It's quite HOT and COLD dishes there this week! ;D

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is looking mouth watering... Love it....Lovely picture....Nice colour..

Asha said...

Thank you Sukanya,hope give it a try!:))

indosungod said...

Looks absolutely delicious Asha, when I get some colorful BellPepper from the Farmers Market next time I defintely try this out.

Asha saw the comment on my blog, that is what happened to my snake gourds last summer and I was growing them in pots too. Mine started to fruit middle of August and did all of September so much so that I did not know what to do with them after giving them away. So be a little bit more patient

Asha said...

YAY!!! Indo,I am so happy to hear that I still got time for those gourds.I would love to eat those from my own veggie patch!Thanks for that info.
Try the Gojju,you can use any kind of peppers too.Enjoy.Hugs.

Raghu Ram Prasad said...

Nice pictures with good taste of yellow capsicum gojju and your beautiful tips..i noted everthing..

Asha said...

Thank you Sir!!:))
Hope you try the Gojju.Have a great weekend.Check out FH too,you might like the Salan!