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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Navaratri to me means good food....well, isn't that what any festival/celebration is supposed to be about anyway??? As a kid, I remember dressing up in different pattu pavadais each day and going to different houses for golu and chundal. A group of about seven or eight of us would plan our route and set out armed with some empty plastic covers which would be filled to the brim with different kinds of goodies by the time we came back home.
Last Friday, I had some of my friends over and I made Gosemalli....no one seemed familiar with that name....don't know if it is a term that is used only in a particular region.....one of my friends said she had heard the name, but the dish she talked about was made with moong dal and sounded totally different. Here's how I made it:

What you need:
Channa dal - 1.5 cups
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Green chilli - 4 (adjust to suit your palate)
Salt
Asafoetida
Ginger - a small piece, chopped

Cook channa dal in about 6-7 cups of water. Make sure it is not overcooked. Drain the water and keep aside.
Heat oil. Add urad dal and mustard seeds. When the seeds pop, add the cooked dal, salt, asafoetida and ginger. Grind coconut and green chilli together without using any water. Alternatively, you can crush the chillies coarsely with your hand. Add this to the dal. Stir well.
If you'd like to, you can also add some lemon juice to this. I did not....
Enjoy!!!

6 comments:

jayshree said...

So true its fun to come back with so many veriety of goodies !! I have heard gosemalli, but I think its more commonly known as 'sundal'. I make it the same way.

Foodie's Hope said...

Kosumbari, that's we call it,Jaya!! I love them, you can use somany dals to make them!!Looks yummy, nice picture!!
Glad you are back, you missed lot of my stuff!!:D:D

Prema Sundar said...

Hey this looks more like sundal.I have have had carrot gosemalli in one of my friend's house and tasted great.

mandira said...

This looks like sundal... except I have had kabuli chana sundal... really yummy stuff :)

Jayashree said...

Jayshree, yes it really is fun isn't it?? The joys of childhood!!!
Asha, thx...
Prema, carrot gosemalli??? Wow! That's something new to me.
Mandira, yes this is sundal...we call this particular sundal gosemalli, though.

RP said...

Its all new to me. Looks yummy!