lemon gojju


Trying to take full advantage of my mother’s visit and the post is about a recipe from a small region in Karnataka called ‘Malnad’ or ‘Malenaadu. If you ever remember the serial that we all Indians grew up with..’Malgudi Days’ , yes it was shot in the Malnad region of Aagumbe. The typical weather is cool and rainy sometimes raining for days. Also the food is spicy and I mean real spicy.
This is a recipe we were grown with and is made 2 ways using red chillies or green chillies. This is a very good combination with fresh rice and is tangy and spicy.Green chillies balance the tartness of the lemon.The number of lemons used depends on the lemon . More the sour the lemons are , less juice is used.




serves 3-4

For green chilli gojju
1/4 th cup fresh coconut
5-6 green chillies
1/4 th teaspoon turmeric

For red chilli gojju
1/4 th cup fresh coconut
5-6 red chillies dried

Other ingredients
Juice of 5 lemons ( depending on the tartness)
salt to taste
1 tablespoon jaggery (optional)

1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2-3 red chillies broken
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 th teaspoon hing
​few curry leaves



  • for the green chilli gojju, grind coconut,turmeric and green chillies to make a smooth paste.
  • transfer to a bowl.
  • For the red chilli gojju, grind coconut and red chillies to a smooth paste.
  • transfer to a bowl.
  • extract the juice of lemon.
  • add salt to taste into both the gojjus.
  • add the lemon juice litte by little , tasting the tartness .
  • add jaggery if required and mix all together.
  • for the seasoning, in a pan , heat oil and add sesame seeds and chillies.
  • when they turn brown , add curry leaves and turmeric.
  • switch off the flame and add hing.
  • distribute the seasoning amongst both the gojjus .
  • enjoy with hot rice.

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Heap of Spice

daughter, daughter in law , wife, mother of two, sister ,aunt , homemaker 😃

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