Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tamarind Gojju /Hunase gojju

Tamarind gojju is a delicious thick gravy prepared from tamarind pulp, jaggery and spices. It is popularly served with Khara Pongal / Ven Pongal / Huggi. Although Tamarind gojju is such a simple preparation, it adds ton of flavors to the creamy Pongal.

Actually the first time I ate Khara Pongal  in Mysore, it was served with  tamarind gojju. Ahh.. the flavors married so well, it was truly a match made in heaven. Although Pongal can be eaten with chutney or sambar, personally for me Khara Pongal and Tamarind gojju go hand in hand..

So lets learn how to make this amazing gojju:)

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
  • Tamarind : 40 grams
  • Jaggery : 100 grams
  • Freshly grated ginger : 1 tbsp tightly packed (Alternative : You can use 1 tsp of dry ginger)
  • Green chillies (small variety) : 5-6  (slit)
  • Salt as per taste.
For the tempering , you will need:
  • Oil : 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chillies : 2-3
  • Curry leaves : 6-8

  • Soak the tamarind in 2 cup of hot water for 20 minutes.

  • Mash the tamarind with your finger tips . Extract the tamarind extract .You can use a sieve to do this. 

  • Now take the tamarind extract, add 1/2 - 1 cup of water.  Add the  jaggery, grated ginger , green chillies. 

  • Boil the mixture until it slightly thickens. turn off the heat.Add salt as per taste.
  • To prepare the tempering, heat oil. When hot, add mustard seeds and dry red chillies. When the seeds start to splutter, add the the curry leaves. Turn off the heat.

  • Add the tempering to the gojju. Serve gojju with hot Pongal.


  1. Lovely share, a new recipe to me, shall try sometime

  2. Such a simple recipe. Thanks for sharing Shubha.. we need to be reminded of our classic recipes

  3. I have never heard of this fish .. but it looks so Delicious.. very well explained too!

  4. Beautiful recipe. I love imli chutney, so I can have this :)

  5. This is my favorite. We make this with huggi. Actually now I want to make this :) Lovely post Shubha!

  6. Ahaaa !!! super tounge tickling share this is :)

  7. This is an interesting dish. I would love to try. So other than pongal what else can you eat it with?