Monday, April 19, 2010

Strawberry Cranberry Gojju

What will you do if you have a box of strawberries sitting which no one wants to eat? I don't know what it is with kids. They love some fruit at one moment and when you buy a big box of it feeling happy that they like it, they decide they don't like it anymore. My older one used to love strawberries and she asked me to get more. I did. Then, after eating a couple, she says 'I don't like strawberries anymore'. I am left with a box of almost 2 pounds of strawberries. I ate some, and made milk shake with some. Even then, I had 1 pound of strawberries to be used up before they went bad. Then I thought, who says you need to make only sweet stuff with strawberries. If you have been reading this blog, you'll have seen recipes which are savory using mango, cranberries, pears, apples and now it is Strawberries' turn.
I kind of used what I had on hand and came up with this quick side dish for rotis, savory spread for bread or to be served with plain rice.

Ingredients:
  • Strawberries - 1 pound cleaned and chopped 
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce - 1 can
  • Oil - 2 TBSP
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chillies - 2 broken
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Hing - a big pinch
  • Turmeric - a big pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Rasam powder - 1 tsp or to taste

Method:
In a pan, heat oil. When hot, add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add red chillies, hing, cumin and fenugreek. When they are toasted, add chopped strawberries. Add some salt, turmeric. When it softens a little (about 3 minutes), add the cranberry sauce. Mix well. It will become watery. Don't worry about it as it thickens when it cools. Now, add rasam powder. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust the salt and turn off the stove. This tastes great with Dosa, Idlis, rice, roti or bread.

Variations:
  1. Instead of putting cumin and fenugreek in oil with other seasonings, dry roast them separately and powder and add it at the end.
  2. Omit the rasam powder and use garam masala or chat masala or just red chilli powder.
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13 comments:

  1. WOW !! very good idea of using the strawberries...the gojju looks inviting.

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  2. lovely colourfull gojju,very nice recipe...

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  3. Wow! another lovely fruit dish from you:-)yummy gojju..

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  4. wooow!!!what a lovely dish.....loved the gojju color.....

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  5. This is a fabulous dish! Very unique and I certainly want to give this a shot! Drool worthy relish!

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  6. humm.. mouth watering .. looks so yum

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  7. Wow a very hearty fruit dish.Love the savory touch for strawberries.

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  8. I m drooling...
    Wot a fantastic dish it is ....

    Hope all is well at ur end!!

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  9. super idea..this inspires me to make gojju with strawberries idling in my refrigerator, courtesy my kids :)

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  10. Champa you are so creative coming up with so different yet yummy looking recipes.

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  11. so creative, very nice recipe!

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  12. Wat a unique gojju, very catchy..

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