March 16, 2007


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!:) 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:

Rice Rotis:

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.

Rice Roti:



Sharmi said...

hi Asha, New subzi to me! I have always garnished it on something but this one looks different. And the rotis look so good. I tried making them once but had to do lot of kusthi.
nice combi.


Sig said...

Wow, I've never used green onions as anything other than a garnish... Asha, I'm learning a lot from you. And great thinking with going Hara for H, you just gave me some ideas. :-)

FH said...

Thanks Sharmi.I know this is unique recipe and taste so good too.Hope you try.It's onion,when you fry them it will become sweet and so yummy in contrast to hot chillies.I have another roti recipe in my recipe Index,try that and see if you like it.This recipe needs some Kushti!:)

I know Sig! Lot of people will come out with hara everything now!;D
Thanks,make this and see you like it.You can have this as a side dish too with rice or even Chapatis.

krystyna said...

Hi Asha!
I am bewitched by your amazing blogs. I found what I needed. Thanks Mona! Mona recommended me your blogs.
Thanks for such beautiful pics and great recipes. I love it. I'll be try.
Wishing you the best!

FH said...

Oh thank you Krystyna,I appreciate it!:))
I do my best to bring something for everybody.It feels great to be appreciated!
Thanks to Mona from me as well.If you have any questions,please do not hesitate ask.I will reply if I can help.Thanks again.Have a great weekend:)

Mishmash ! said...

I knew I will have something new to learn here so, I kept it as the last one in my bloghops and I was not disappointed too :)I just read about gojjus y'day in latha's page and so I had an idea. the rice roti is something like our 'pathiri' I guess.

Have a nice weekend :)

Deepa Hari said...

Hi Asha,

i like the way you narrated the story...So nice to know that we can make gojju with green onions...You always come out with unique recipes...Great...

Richa said...

brownie points to you, asha for thinking out of the box h- for hara pyaz is so good. also it is very nutritious.
thanks for the recipe

FH said...

Hi shn,thanks.
Yeah,Latha is from B'lore too,so she knows Gojju!:)
This rice rotis are like Pathiris as I have seen in Kerala blogs but my rice rottis are plantation style usually and is in FH.I don't make these kinds often which is great too with this Gojju.

FH said...

Thanks Deepa.Little story to entertain myself!!;D
Hope you try this dish,makes a great side dish.

Thank you for points Richa!Hope you try this weekend,new taste for you I am sure!:))

Kalinka said...

Hello from Portugal

Your space is wonderful, I like it very much, with nice dishes.

I went for holidays to Algarve, in the south of the country.
Now, I write in portugueses and in english, if you want to visit me again, you can read it in english.

You can see some pictures there.

Waiting for YOU.

Bye. Hugs.

FH said...

Hi Kalinka,good to see you.Thank you and hope you had a great time.I will visit you later!:))

Anusha said...

hey, your gojju looks so much different than the one I posted a while looks more like a sabji? do you like it dry?
as for the roti, MIL once told me, Karnataka ppl add plenty of cilantro to akki roti - do you usually do that too?

Li'l Lite said...

Gojju is my favorite too :)
Will ask my mom to make these rice rotis..
I dont know if you ve tasted the one with orange peels..its one of my favorites but not many like it!!

FH said...

Hi @, Gojju has some gravy but not enough to scoop up with bread.It's not dry like stir-fry either.You have Gojju ,I will check it out!:)
Usually,you can add minced onions,cilantro,chillies to these rottis,we call it masale rotti.These are just plain if you eat them spicy side dishes.I always make plantation style rice rotti, which is very different from this and is at FH.

Hi dr, Gojju with orange peel?! Ooh! That's interesting.What kind of orange do you use? Easily peelable thick skinned or thin skin like Mosambi? I will try if you give me the recipe and post!!;) Or you can post it yourself.Peels are bitter,any tricks to mellow it?

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

Nice authenic dish from you....nice writeup....Inspite of busy schedule(tomorrow's party) you are prompt in contribution....

So, how is kid's party plan going on?

FH said...

Hello Usha,thanks girl! I had this dish in the draft few days ago,just a matter of publishing today.
I was cleaning the house half the day today and started decorating a little.Still have lot to do but with kids home now,I will be off PC at 6pm and do th rest!:)Will post some photos next Wednesday.

Happy New Year!(Ugadi)

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha, very good for "H"! I'm not through figuring that one out yet -- but in the snow I have all night and all day tomorrow ;) One of the first dishes I ever cooked was a white sauce for cabbage with those green onions, my nana taught me and it was so simple and delicious. Now I'll try your green onion gojju too. Looks great!

Seema Bhat said...

Asha ,
Hope you are doing good. The gojju looks fantabulous and I am sure it must have been tasting good too alwa. I have never tried using hara pyaaz as the main veggie. Very creative recipe.

KF said...

We call Kai Pathiri for this Rice Roti.Curry with Spring Onion is a new idea.Thanks for Sharing this.

Li'l Lite said...

Sure Asha,
I will post the recipe..we use the orange colour peels ;) the gojju is a bit bitter, i think my mom boils it in the left over water of cooked rice to mellow it..i ll sure pass on the recipe to u:)

FH said...

You have plenty of time to come up with one Linda!Hara is green,so think of all the green veggies!:)
I would love to see your Nana'a cabbage dish on e day in your blog,thanks.

Hi Seema,are you commenting from Hawaii? ay be you are back.Thanks for visiting,hope you are having a great time!:) I have a B'day party today,thought I moderate the comments.Erulli gojju tumba ruchiyagittu,madinodamma vapas banda mele!:))

FH said...

Hi KitchenFairy,I heard that too about Pathiri,lot of similarities betn K'taka and Kerala!:)Gojju goes well this roti,hope you try:)

Thank you dr.Probably taste like Hagalkai gojju,bitter but yummy.Can't wait ti see in your blog,soon I hope!

Anh said...

Oh, this sure very nice. :D I always have spring onion, great stuff! ;)

Latha said...

OH man Asha, the gojju looks groovy! Will definitely give it a try. I think it will taste great with chapathis. I am always on the lookout for hassle free dishes as sides to chapathis!

Lakshmik said...

Hi Asha

The green onion curry looks so good. Cannot wait to try it out.

Anonymous said...

Hi asha,
Nanu erulli hoovu tandu ratri gojju+rotti madutene,
You know my hubby isfrom hassan,he jumps whenever i prepare rotti(even though I prepare weekly twice)
Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Trisha & Tushar,

Sia said...

wow... spring onion gojju? u r just amazing. never had this before. i get to learn so many things from u everyday ashakka.
akki rotti looks amazing. amma makes rotties this way. i am making naan this weekend:) will see how it comes:)

Sia said...

oh!!! enjoy the b'day bash... hope u r having good time:)

Anonymous said...

The hara pyaz recipe looks beautiful. My MIL cooks rice roti but I never had a chane to try it...may be now I should...

I like the crunchy and fresh and not so bitter taste of green onions and always put them in raita...

Vwey wonderful recipe Asha...Hope you are having loads of fun with the B'day party :-)

Shivapriya said...

This sabzi is new to me. Looks delicious. My moms makes pulusu (stew) out of Indian Spring onions. We call them ullikadalu. That's one of my fav.

Also my sis makes rice rotti, she adds carrot and cumin for crunch.

bee said...

thanks for the recipe, asha. i guess gojju lends itself to a whole range of veggies. it sounds like a very flavourful dish.

J said...

That was simple and appetising! I'm learning new recipes everytime I visit your blog :)

Mona said...

hello asha.long time no see. Have been sooo busy & pooped out & havent even blogged lately..will sure do in a few days time.
I like the rice rotis...But I can never make dosas however much I try...I want to son's so fond of them.
Love to you & your family

FH said...

Hi Anh,little too many Indian ingredients for you for this I guess,hope you try:)

Latha,loved your Gojju too,this is a very simple of all Gojjus we make ,right?:D Give it a try,Chapatis are great too.

Hi Lakshmi,hope you do try girl,delish!:)

FH said...

Hi Mamatha,Birthdays went well,I will post the photos next week at FH.
Hassandalli akki rotti etara madalla.Benda annakke akki hittu,uppu haki gattiyagi kalasi rotti tattabeku,It's in my recipe Index under bread.Etara akki rotti madiddu first naanu,chennagirutte itaranu.Say hello to Hassan guy!I did my PUC in Hassan:))Our coffee Estate is in Sakaleshpura and Belur,Arvind is coffee planter's son and so is my mom!:D

Hi Sia,This is the first time I made akki rotti his way,normally plantation style with cooked rice and rice flour.This was easy too,Hope you try.Had a great party and but dog tored today,need one more day to recover:)) Good luck with Naan,got to use bread flour.

Hi Sushma,we did have fun,you can see next week:)) Peel the outer thinlayer of green onions and fry lightly just until it wilts,not much cooking,tastes graet.

FH said...

Hi Padmaja,post that stew will ya,sounds delicious!:))Adding carrots to rotti sounds good just with chutney and if you eat spicy dish like these,better keep it plain. Hope you try:))

Yup!! Gojju is versatlie,throw in anything with little water and spices,yu have got Gojju!;D This one simple form of all Gojjus.Give it a try.

Thanks J!! I can feel the pressure now to bring new stuff!!:D:D
Enjoy the recipe,sometimes I think it's a very ordinary dish but not for others I guess.

FH said...

Hi Mona,I understand,even I am feeling the pressure of daily life these days,don't know why?!
Just went thru' two Birthdays and am half dead!:))
Your friend Krystyna came here yesterday and was thanking you for sending her here!!:D She was so happy to find this blog!Thanks Mona.
Go to my Recipe Index (on the side bar),click on Bread section,there are many choices for dosas,easiest is Poha(Avalakki Dosa),use non-stick pan amd make it and see how your son likes it.Serve chutney or ant non-veg dishes you like.:))

Bong Mom said...

We also make a dry sabzi with the scallions Asha but almost no masala added, hope to post it soon
The "Hara" was a good idea for "H" :)

How was the party yesterday ?

FH said...

Hi Sandeepa,Party was great but exhausting,still recovering!:))
Hope to see Scallion subzi in your's,I am too scared to open my blog roll today,will tomorrow!;D

indosungod said...

Asha the Gojju looks great. I kind of miss the uninvited guests here though. Rice roti looks good, I have to try it out one of these days.

FH said...

Hi Indo,good to see you here!:))Just relaxing today.Do you miss those?!
We have a huge family back there,they drop in hoards like 8-10 ppl at a time and stay in B'lore until they are done shopping, movies etc, go back home and back again few days after!It was a nightmare for me.They will not "lift a glass" as we say,just poor old me serving them all day! Depends on what kind of guests you get ,right?:))
Hope you try Indo,authentic K'taka dishes.

Menu Today said...

Hi Asha,
I always use green onions to garnish fired rice and noodles. This subzi looks great. thanks for sharing.

FH said...

You are welcome MT! Hope you try:)

So So Simple said...

Hi Asha
I love the idea of rice rotis. We are about to go away on our boat with friends and he is a celiac and these rice roti could be great for lunch. I guess as an accompanient for lots of spicy dishes.
Is it rice flour that you use? also Chana dal?...can you just use yellow splt peas?
I am exhausted reading your blog you haved been doing so much since I last logged on. A great job


FH said...

Hi SS! You are off again on vacation,lucky girl!:)) Enjoy.
Yes, it is Rice flour and yes,you can use split peas for Chana dal.Rice rotis go very well with any veg or non-veg dishes,hope you try.

So So Simple said...

Thank you Asha
I will try the whole dish and let you know how it turns out.

I'm really keen to try the roti

FH said...

You are welcome SS! It does take a little time to that right consistency but you can do it!:)

Anonymous said...

That was a classic, traditional way of making akki rotti. I usually do it the easy way, without boiling the flour, but I should try this. Thanks for the recipe

FH said...

Hi Ravi,thanks man.I always find it difficult to (add hot water to rice flour)make rottis the usual way.By cooking rice flour,shaping the rottis become easier for me.
Have you tried Coorgi style akki rotti? It's in my other blog(see recipe Index).Try it:))

Ambika said...

The gojju looks absolutely fabulous!!! I have to try making this :)

FH said...

Hope you do Ambika. This recipe works very well with akki rottis, I love it! :)