Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Capsicum & Onion Gojju for VOW-JFI-Bell Peppers

Baby Update First: Little M is getting bigger every day (she'll be 2 in a couple months). Now she has started speaking decipherable sentences. She says "I this" for something she wants, "I no this' if she doesn't want something & "I no no" when she doesn't know. She uses words & sentences in context too, for the most part. But her favorite sentence " I no no what to do" is used randomly, like when I ask her "what is Ginger doing?" or tell her "let's go to the park" or just because she feels like saying it! I don't know where she has heard that or what she thinks it means but it always gets us laughing! :) I speak with her in Kannada and the wonderful lady who takes care of her during the day speaks to her in Telugu but she talks a lot in English, that from interacting with other kids for only about 3 hours a day! She is a lot of fun. Of course it is a whole different story when it's oota time (time to eat) coz she is one fussy kid then!

Speaking of food, Capsicum & Onion Gojju is my entry for JFI-Bell Peppers, hosted by my buddy Pooja of Creative Ideas this month. Jihva was a concept created by Indira of Mahanandi. Thank you both!






2 Green Peppers (chopped)
2 medium sized onions (chopped)
1 tsp tamarind paste (dissolved in 1/2 cup water)
1 tbsp jaggery (or brown sugar)
Salt to taste

Grind to paste with a little water:
1 cup coconut shreds
1 tsp raw rice (to help in grinding the coconut)
3-4 green chillies
2 tsp saarina pudi (rasam powder)
1 heaped tsp roasted sesame seeds (optional)
a pinch of hing

For Tempering:
Oil, Mustard seeds, hing, turmeric powder & curry leaves

Heat oil & make the tadka. Add onions & peppers & fry for a few minutes. Add the tamarind water & salt. Cover & cook on low heat until well cooked. Add the ground paste, more salt if needed and mix well. Bring to a boil and the gojju is done!

I normally make this gojju this way but one time I did add peanuts since I did not have enough coconut. It gave a different, though nice, flavor. Do try that as a variation as well.

Other gojjus from me: Eggplant & Capsicum Gojju and Apple gojju.

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45 comments:

Indranee Batabyal said...

Wow! very good blog and yummy recipes. Thanks for sharing the mango salad recipe. I love it.

indosungod said...

Isn't it cute when they talk like that. Enjoy it goes by in a flash.
Peanut/BellPepper is a favorite combo of mine too. Looks great. Do you serve with it rotis? I love eating peanut based sauces with rice.

Asha said...

They do grow up fast Vani. Time files, next thing you now they are throwing teenage attitude in your face and then they disappear to college! Wish they stay in this age which is wonderful!:)
She is cute, enjoy. Getting to learn multiple language too, that's great.
Gojju looks mouthwatering, I made one too today for dinner!:))

Sia said...

ah.. she is so adorable :) LOL... u must be having lots of fun deciphering her talk:) enjoy vani.
and this gojju is completely new to me and a must try by the look of it.

sireesha said...

Peanut-capsicum is a favorite combination of mine too.Lovely recipe.Ur daughter is very cute.....Must be enjoying her cute cute talk...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

O... It is will be so sweet hearing ur kid try to talk...The gojju looks so creamy and YUM!. nice recipe...

ranji said...

ur baby is such acutie pie:)..touch wood....the gojju looks yum..lovely entry..

Cham said...

You should enjoy her talk! Lovely kid, the gojju looks yummy too :)

Sujatha said...

My first time to your blog.. You have a nice blog and the gojju looks mouth watering...

KayKat said...

I don't usually add coconut to my gojju recipes - sounds like a fun twist.

Vani said...

Indranee - thanks for stopping by & your nice comment :)

ISG - It is so cute to hear her talk now. Of course it will get better when I can understand more! :) I normally have gojjus with rice but many times have them with rotis as well.

Asha - Yes, thry do grow up fast, don;t they? I can't believe she will be 2 already! You must be dreading S heading to college next year, na? I was telling N the other day that I want us to move to the town next to where M settles finally and he thought it was funny I was thinking that far ahead & being a chipkali mom but I was serious! :)

Vani said...

Sia -Yeah, it is a lot of fun now, listening to her. I know it will be nicer when I can undersdtand more :)

Sireesha - This is the first time I was trying this gojju with peanuts, actually. I normally make it with plain coconut but I must say, I loved it! :)

Sukanya - Thanks. Yeah, it sure is cute to hear her now jabbering away :)

Vani said...

Ranji - thanks for the nice comment :)

Cham - Yes, I do enjoy her talk (except when it's time to sleep & she's still talking!) :)

Sujatha - thanks for stopping by & commenting :)

Kaykat - I have coconut in most of my gojjus. Peanuts were the new addition this time. Loved the flavor of that with green peppers. Oh, btw, I love your name! :)

TS said...

wow, every picture of gudiya is adorable...I cannot believe she's going to be 2!

Gojju looks good...I bet it would be wonderful with some parathas!
hope you are well!

btw, are you on facebook?

Divya Vikram said...

You have a cute lil' daughter..And the capsicum dish looks too delicious

LG said...

My ajji used to make this gojju for akki rotti. yummo! your daughter looks very cute in the pic.

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

I was abt to say what a cutie ur lil one is, and I see that you've a post abt her!! my girl is also a fussy eater, minutes ago i had a carzy moment with her dinner!!!

sunila said...

Hey Vaans,M looks absolutely squeezably huggably sweet.love her -I no no,enjoy while it lasts .G talks all the time to us,to her books and toys etc :0)me too is a sticker mum.now I at last understand my mums concerns :0)

Swati Raman Garg said...

'I this' this gojju :) looks yummy.. loved the post...:)

Purnima said...

Vani, try to click her snaps as u enjoy her antics as many times, when u look back after 6 months also u wd feel..my my was my baby like this?? I still keep clicking 10 snaps atleast of kiddos, while they r at something, my gal is 3.6yrs, but still when I look back I feel shes growing up toooo fast! They surely pick up language with speed!
Your dish looks super!! Vani why is Mysoorean not reflecting on TOI?

Vani said...

TS - thank you! Yup, 2 is just around the corner! :) I am on FB. Have sent you the details.The gojju goes well with parathas & rice too.

Divya - thanks for your nice commen t! :)

LG - Yeah, this will be nice with plain akki rotti! :)

JZ - thanks! How old is your kid? I'm hoping M will start liking food soon. It can get stressful trying to get her to eat something.

Vani said...

Sunila - hey, nice to see you here! G talking to her books & toys, I want to see that!! Sticker mom - I like that! Very soon they will be like us some years ago, Su, wanting to break away from mom-fold! :( It's true that after having the baby, I now understand how my mom feels!

Swati - Thanks for the cute comment! Made me smile :)

Purnima - During the first year, I clicked a LOT of pictures & was pretty good with video recordings too. But in the past 6-7 months, video recording is completely stopped but I do make it a point to take at least a few pictures every month. 3 & 1/2 years must be a good stage- they express themselves clearly & curious with the "why"s & the "what"s. But it's so true that while you look forward to the next stage, you miss things from the previous stages too. I thought I saw my post on TOI yesterday. Maybe it went away when I updated? Thanks for your comment, Purnima! :)

Kalai said...

Your daughter is so cute, Vani!! This is such a wonderful age, isn't it? I love talking and playing with toddlers! Your gojju looks wonderful! :)

TBC said...

Your daughter is adorable, Vani!

I love gojju but I had never made one till Asha's RCI: Karnataka. I make it pretty often these days but have not yet tried one with capsicum. Looks yummy!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh wow! this gojju looks really good... My mom used to make it for me too. But I havent made it at all, after wedding :( I wonder why?!?!?!!!? anyway, thnx for reminding me abt it.....

Sagari said...

your baby looks soooo pretty vani

Jayashree said...

M looks so cute, Vani.....and I like I no no.....kids say the cutest things, don't they???
don't stress yourself out over the oota....she'll outgrow the fussiness soon enough.....and as long as she's active and healthy, don't worry about the amount she eats....

sra said...

Oh, how the little one's grown, Vani! I still remember her baby pix on your blog!

Vani said...

Kalai - thanks! Their talk at this age is so cute! A lot of it still undecipherable but the changing expressions on her face & the waving of hands while talking is so nice to watch! I must capture that on video sometime & post it :)

TBC - Thanks! It's true that because of events, I have prepared something that I may not have otherwise. I love gojjus too - all kinds!

Ramya - thanks! I know what you mean - I love bendekai gojju the most but somehow have never made it so far! Not sure why!

Vani said...

Sagari - thank you! :)

Jayashree- thanks! Nice to see you here after a long time! I'm waiting for her to outgrow the fussy eating stage & hoping it will not last long. I hope your daughter is doing well. I remember your psots about your daughter always resonated with me as I was going through the same things. Give her a hug from me, will ya?

Sra - yeah, she is no longer a baby now. She's a toddler now and time has really flown!

Andhra Flavors said...

The gojju looks yum,lovely entry.

Sandeepa said...

She looks so cute...a doll (kala tika). Do you have a nanny come in or you drop her at the sitter's ?

I was so taken up by M that haven't checked the recipe yet...shall do now

Vani said...

Andhra Flavors- thanks! :)

Sandeepa- M goes to the sitter's place, about 10 mins from my house. I was lucky to have found this very wonderful lady, who takes good care of her, like she is her own grandchild. She has 4 grandchildren of her own who come in around 3pm everyday. M picks up her English words & phrases from them :)

Pooja said...

M looks more cute as she grows up :) .
Its nic to see you in pic too Vani.
I just love little baby's own generated talks :) . I always wonder how do they start taking things the whole different way... oh we might be old people from their eyes ha ha ha...
Nice entry of gojju. I just love all the ingredients of it, shall try it sometime :).
Thank you for this wonderful entry buddy :) .

zlamushka said...

Vani,
beautiful curry. I love bell peppers, but my Tompa not, so I never cook them, unless he s travelling :-)

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Meera said...

Your daughter is a sweetie pie. Give her a big hug from me!!
Gojju looks good. Thanks for sharing.

Vani said...

Poo- hope u had a fab vacation with your friends! Yeah, baby talk is always enchanting! :)

Zlamushka- thanks for stopping by! :)

Skribles- so sweet of you to think of me! Thanks :)

Meera- thanks! Will give her a hug from you! :)

Mythreyee said...
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Mythreyee said...

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Mishmash ! said...

Vani...she is a cute lil darling.....so pretty !!!! :)
I no-no what to do....i loved it :)

Vani said...

Mythreyee- got you comment! Will email you :)

Shn - So nice to see u here! Thanks for the lovely comment :)

Devi Priya said...

Your Daughter is cute! The curry looks Delicious! I am sure must have taste YUM!

Anonymous said...

Wow.. THis came out amazing.. But instead of putting coconut..I put half quantity coconut and putnalpappu half quantity.. It was good.. Thanks a lot!

Vani said...

Anon - thanks for trying and letting me know. I'm gonna try your way the next time :)