Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Orangi Toli Gojju - Tangy Tamarind Gravy with Orange Peels

ORANGI TOLI GOJJU - a tangy tamarind gravy with orange peels
This dish is prepared using orange peels, tamarind and other spices, and seems to be simply bursting with flavours. As children we watched adults who were about to eat an orange, and waited impatiently to grab the peels before they got discarded. We just loved to collect the peels for mother, who prepared a lip smacking gojju out of it. The peels of the oranges known as ‘loose jacket’ or ‘Kamala orange’ are the best for preparing this gojju. Though the peels can be sun dried and stored for future use, I feel that waiting for the season and using them fresh captures the unique flavour.

Peels of one orange chopped – ½ cup
Tamarind – 1 golf ball sized roll
Salt – 1 and 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder – 1and 1/2 tsps
Turmeric powder- 1 pinch
Jaggery – 2 tbsps
Green chillies( slit) – 2
Red chillies ( broken) – 3
Fresh ginger slivers – 1 tsp
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
Fenugreek seeds – ½ tsp
Bengal gram dal – 1 tbsp
Curry leaves – a few
Gingili / Sesame seeds (roasted and powdered) – 2 tbsp
Gingili / Til oil – 3 tbsps
Rice flour ( for thickening) – 1tsp
1. Soak tamarind for 10 minutes, and then extract the juice and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
3. When it splutters add fenugreek seeds and fry.
4. Add Bengal gram dal and roast till golden in colour.
5. Add asafoetida and red chillies.
6. Add green chillies and the fresh ginger slivers.
7. Now add the chopped orange peels and the curry leaves and sauté, then cover with a lid and cook in low flame.
8. After 2 minutes remove the lid and add turmeric powder and fry for a few seconds.
9. Add tamarind juice, salt, jaggery and sambar powder and boil the gojju until it emanates an aromatic flavour.
10. If you need it to be thicker add a paste of rice flour and water and simmer for a few minutes.
11. Finally add the roasted and powdered gingili (sesame) seeds and blend well.

Relish this tongue tingling tangy aromatic gojju with rice, rotis or any other tiffin.

22 Post your Comments:

jayasree said...

I love this kuzhambhu. I haven't prepared it myself. Now that I have the recipe, shall try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

Wishing you and your family a fabulous 2009.

Jayashree said...

I've always wondered if orange peel can be put to any use. This sounds good.

Raks said...

Actually we too make this but with narthangai peels...Its indeed tangy and flavor!

Unknown said...

nice recipe very intresting too new to me will try and tell you and thanks for visiting my blog you have a great place Iam very happy to find your blog A very happy new year to you and your family

S.R.Ramachandran said...

this gojju is very good for health and goes very well with curd rice. appa

Unknown said...

wow..can imagine the tangy taste ..this is a wonderful recipe..bookmarking it..

vidhas said...

It is very new to me. Sounds yum. Surely will give a try

anudivya said...

That plate looks real good right now...
Tempeh is a whole soybean product and I did not like it as much as tofu as I mentioned in the post.
Both are bland to start off with but I feel tofu can take in more flavors (whatever we add) better than tempeh. You can find more about it on Wiki.

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

my mom makes something similar as well.. we call it gojju in kannada. yours looks delicious!!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Dibs,I want to wish you a most glorious New Years celebration with your family. May all your wishes come true in 2009. Big hugs.

delhibelle said...

sounds yum!
Happy New Year to you & your family

Unknown said...

A truly unique dish. I dont think I have ever heard of this before.

Hope you have a great 2009!

Lakshmi said...

I have seen this on few other blogs too..must be tasty :) I have to try it out. Happy New Year Dibs and Chitra amma.

Unknown said...

Using orange peels in gojju sounds like a great idea,looks yum. Happy New year to you and your family:-)

Yasmeen said...

unique tangy gravy,sounds delicious.Have a wonderful and healthy new year:)

Cham said...

Totally new but absolutely delectable.
Happy New Year to u and ur family !

Adlak's tiny world said...

My amma makes similar to his and sweet pachadi with this orange thol...

very nice platter.. tempting to dip and lick my finger.....

YOSEE said...

Tongue tickler gojju. Tastes especially good after a week of bland, bread based food.

Raks said...

Happy new year !

Vibaas said...

Never heard of this before. Must be really tangy and yummy. Wish you a very happy new year!

Dershana said...

never have tried making anything with orange peels except for using them as zest for baking. recipe sounds yummy!

Aarthi said...

I tried this and it turned out great!