It is that time of the year when SUN sets quite early and raises quite late which is basically short energizing days and lengthy sleepy nights. It is that time of year when chill in the air makes water to almost freeze and feel like sticking on to couch with hot coffee mug on hand.
Winter also brings some specific fruits and vegetables like grapes, oranges, gooseberry, hog plum and sweet potatoes which overflow the market. Did I say Hog plum?? Yes, just like mango season I always hunt for these beautiful oval shaped, tangy fruit during winter. It has a huge inedible, fibrous pit covered with thin pulp and skin. Though it resembles tiny mango but taste doesn’t match. Hog plums are most used in pickling and making rice accompaniment like chutney, gojju and rasam.
Spicy + sweet + tangy = hog plum gojju is very flavorful, flavors are so strong that a spoonful of this curry is enough to empty a full bowl of rice. It’s a coconut based curry that has few lentils, red chillies and sesame seeds at spice side. All these spices are roasted well and ground to fine paste with fresh coconut. Hog plum gojju is awesome on it’s own..It’s pieces including pit are cooked well along with jaggery and salt till soft which is then combined with spice paste. As hog plum infuses the spices – best of best winter feelings spread right in to your house.