Friday, February 12, 2021

Kamarakshi Gojju / Menaskai - Star Fruit Relish


Gojju also known as Menaskai is a Karnataka delicacy. A wedding feast is never complete without this sweet-sour relish. Gojjus can be prepared using any sweet sour fruit. But Pineapple Gojju / Menaskai is the most popular relish. Here is a unique Gojju / Menskai prepared with Star Fruit known as Kamarakshi in Kannada.


 Ripe Star Fruit slices - 2 cups

Tamarind - 1 plum size ball ( Extract juice )

Jaggery - 1 plum size piece

Turmeric powder - 1 pinch

Salt - 1 tsp


Sesame seeds - 2 tbsps 

Asafoetida - 1 pinch

Split Black gram dal - 2 tbsp

Red chillies ( Broken) - 3

Fenugreek seeds - 1 pinch

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Fresh coconut ( Grated) - 2 tbsps

Sesame oil - 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds and curry leaves for seasoning


1. Dry roast Sesame seeds and keep aside . 

2. Roast split Black gram dal, Fenugreek seeds , Cumin seeds, Red chillies and Asafoetida in 1/4 tsp of oil till they emanate a pleasant aroma.

3. Cool the roasted ingredients and grind with roasted sesame seeds and fresh coconut into a smooth paste adding water.


1. Lightly scrape the rinds and cut the Star fruits into star shaped slices.


2 . Cook the Star fruit slices in tamarind juice adding salt, turmeric powder and jaggery.

3. Blend in the prepared gojju paste and cook for few more minutes till the gojju thickens and switch off flame. 

4. Splutter a pinch of mustard seeds and curry leaves in 1/4 tsp of oil and season the gojju.


Relish the flavoursome Star Fruit Gojju / Menaskai with steaming hot rice.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Five Seeds Laddu - A Vegan Sweet with a blend of five healthy seeds


Spreading joy and good will is the main aim of sharing goodies during festivals. This is the time of the year when the winter months come to a close and Makara Sankranti heralds the arrival of the bright and sunny Spring season . Makara Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated by all the states in India . Each state celebrates the festival with its own traditional food prepared with the seasonal produce. Sesame seeds which lend warmth and nourishment to the body find an important place in the festive sweets of all states. In Karnataka  Yellu Bella - a mixture of Sesame seeds, Jaggery, Peanuts, Roasted Gram and Copra - is distributed among friends and relatives during Sankranti . 'Yellu Bella tindu olle maatanaadu' is a saying which means ' eat sesame and jaggery and speak good words. ' Sesame Laddus and Sesame Chikkis are popular in other states.

Five Seeds Laddu is a Makara Sankranti / Pongal special prepared with a blend of four other healthy seeds along with Sesame seeds.




Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup

Flax seeds - 1/4 cup

Pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup

Sunflower seeds - 1/4 cup

Chia seeds - 1/4 cup

Raisins - 1 cup 

Cardamom - 2


1. Dry roast the seeds one by one till they start cracking, emanating a pleasant nutty flavour.

2. Allow the roasted seeds to cool down . 

3. Grind the roasted seeds together into a coarse powder .

4. Add raisins and cardamom and grind again .

5. The powder will come together when the seeds start releasing oil . 

6. Scoop the powder into a bowl and knead well .

7. Take small portions of the seeds and raisin mixture and firmly shape them into  Laddus . 

The oil from the seeds and the stickiness in the raisins will help to hold the Laddus together . 

Enjoy the healthy Five Seeds Laddus and share them with your near and dear ones during the festival .