Friday, February 12, 2021

Kamarakshi Gojju / Menaskai - Star Fruit Relish

KAMARAKSHI GOJJU

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.

                                                                                                   
INGREDIENTS

 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

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THE GOJJU PASTE

                                                                                                    
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

TO MAKE THE GOJJU PASTE

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.

TO MAKE THE GOJJU

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.