Friday, January 18, 2013

Southekayi Gojju with Onions and Tomatoes - Tangy Cucumber Curry

We're onto week 3 of the Fifty-2 Weeks of 2013 project and the theme this week is "A Pound of Flesh".  As always, it is open for interpretation and portrayal. So here's my maiden attempt at a poem. More prosaic, really and certainly does not follow any one metrical pattern.
This poem came about from an observation that prayers to God that are made with so much bhakti, elaborate pujas and vrats, listening to spiritual talks etc all seem to be meaningless, if the thoughts, actions and words continue to be nasty and hurtful. This also comes with the hope that such negativity could be eliminated, that one could still change their toxic mental patterns, if they choose to.  Here goes -

Once a maiden prayed to God
"Give me wealth and riches, O Lord,
Let me and the folks I love be happy"
The rest, for all she cared, could be crappy.

The Devil in her would not sit tight
"Nasty, beastliness will be your might
This, I promise, will give you cheer
Just stick with me and you'll delight
The riches and the wealth you seek
Will flow in abundance for you to keep".

Caught between right and wrong
The woman chose to not belong
To either of the entities
"I'll have both, and still be strong".

But then she thought a tad bit more
The karma I beget for the sins galore
All the good I do and say
Is negated by the meanness I display

So this time she prayed to God
"Make me loving and kind, O Lord
Help me think good thoughts, do good deeds
The words from my mouth, always sweet.
Let my life have a purpose
To do and for the good of others"

The path we choose is ours to make
Heaven is better than Satan's will 
For the pound of flesh he will demand
Will surely be higher than any bill.

Ta-da! So, what do you think? 

And for the recipe this week, a cooked cucumber gojju (as opposed to the raw cucumber one here). I've added onion and tomato but that can be skipped too.


2 cucumbers, peeled, de-seeded and chopped into small cubes
1 small onion, chopped (optional)
1 small tomato, chopped (optional)
1 tsp saaru pudi/ rasam powder
1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate (more if the tomatoes are not tangy)
1 heaped tsp jaggery/brown sugar
1 tbsp shredded coconut
2-3 tbsp water
salt to taste

1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
a few curry leaves


Heat oil and make the tadka.
Add onion and fry until translucent.
Stir in chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes.
Now add chopped cucumber and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium-low for 8-10 minutes. The salt will release some of the water from the cucumber.
Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the cucumbers are soft.
Taste to adjust the various flavors.
Serve with rice or chappatis.


Cham said...

Awesome, this theme brought so many poets, excellent line "The words from my mouth, always sweet."
Never cooked cuke - should have a crunchy texture :)

Vani said...

Thanks, Cham. Nope, the cukes are cooked until soft. I do have a crunchy variation of this gojju on my blog though :)

divya said...

looks yummy n delicious..

sra said...

Wah wah! This is bringing out the poets in us. Very nice, Vani, I esp liked the last para and the last few ones where she introspects.

lata raja said...

Something what the scripts teach, put simply and nicely. I love the poem whether it conforms to norms or not the message has been conveyed. said...

Fifty-2 Weeks of 2013 project, is such a lovely idea, i have seen some amazing pics :)
Coming back to the curry, its very interesting I have never had a curry out of cucumbers :)

Priya Sreeram said...

poetic eloquence in your words- good one:)

Mahesh said...

Creative poem.

Nagashree said...

Beautiful Vani, loved the last paragraph.

Cooked sautekayi gojju is new to me, sounds delicious. Will give it a try.

Nagashree said...


Veena Theagarajan said...

yummy and tangy gravy... Love the shots and the poem

Varsha Sharma said...

This looks so yummy. im out in chicago at client meetings and not getting anything much to eat other than cheese'y food. dont have time to go out either. looking at your blog and wondering when i'll get to eat some homemade food.

Kannada Cuisine said...

Looks perfect :)

Vani said...

Thanks, all!

Varsha - hope you're back and eating the good stuff :)