Monday, December 14, 2009

Eerulli Gojju - Onion Gravy

We generally make this when we're bored of gravies with vegetables, and want a change in taste. This onion gravy is quite simple to make and has a distinct taste when compared with other vegetable gravies. Making it a little spicy, with a correct blend of chilies, tamarind, jaggery and salt makes it an ultimate dish for rice, chapathis or even dosas. And it can be preserved for a couple of days too, when boiled sufficiently.

Here’s the recipe....

Onion Gravy (Eerulli Gojju)

Preparation time : 15 min
Cooking time : 15 -20 min
Serves : 5-6

Onions – 8-10 medium sized
Cooking Oil - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric - a small pinch
Chana dal – 2 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - ¾ tsp
Red chilies - 10 -12, byadagi variety (use Guntur variety for spicier version)
Coconut - 1 cup, grated
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 15-20
Jaggery - 2 big marble sized lumps
Tamarind - 2 -3 big marble sized balls, washed and soaked
Salt - 1 tsp, vary acc to taste

• Chop onions into small pieces (Need not be very fine, and nor should it be very big )
• In a thick bottomed pan, heat the oil and mustard seeds and allow to splutter
• Add half the curry leaves and chopped onion and turmeric
• Sauté it well on medium flame for 5 to 10 minutes, till the onions turn translucent.
• Meanwhile, in a separate pan, dry roast chana dal, urad dal, fenugreek seeds, red chilies and remaining curry leaves for 1-2 minutes till they become aromatic and golden brown
• Allow to cool slightly and grind the roasted spices with grated coconut, salt and jaggery, tamarind pulp adding water if required
• Add this ground paste to the sautéed onions, and bring it to a boil
• Add water to maintain gravy-like consistency
• Put off the flame after 5 minutes of boiling

Tips n Tricks:
• Sauté the onions well, till they turn translucent to avoid the raw smell


  1. Very new to me...looks delish.....

  2. Hi Sum, Thanks for the very nice recipe. I tried it out yesterday, everyone at home liked it.

  3. It would be great if you can share these recipes in .doc format and send it to below mail id :) Thanks.


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