Friday, August 28, 2009

Sorrel Chutney/Gongura pachadi

I was thrilled when I first saw Gongura in our local Indian grocery store in NJ. It awakens childhood memories from summers we spent back home at my Grandma's. She used to make these pickeled Gongura so well, in a large scale for her daughters (three including my mom) and send with us the years supply of roasted leaves to make a chutney (sauce) whenever we needed.
Gongura also known as Puntikura is a famous sour tasting leafy vegetable that grows abudantly in the state of Andhra Pradesh/South India. It has a sour tart taste and comes in two varieties, ones with red or green stems. They are commonly referred to in English as Red and white sorrel. It is a nutrient rich with edible leafs that are loaded with vitamins folic acid, iron and antioxidants. A variety of dishes including pappu(daal), pulusu(Soup) and pachadi(Chutney/sauce) are made with these leaves.
Find the link here for more facts.
Following is a recipe for my favorite yummy Gongura Pachadi.

2 Pounds Gongura leaves,
4-5 dried red pepper
8-10 garlic cloves
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp zeera (cumin)
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp chana daal
1 tbsp urad daal
1 tsp turmeric
5-8 curry leaves
A pinch of hing (Asafoetida)

Wash and separate the Gongura leaves from the stems. Roast them in a pan until wilted and they loose water and keep aside. In another pan heat 2 tbsp oil and add the seasoning ingredients. When the seeds start to splutter add the dried red pepper and heat till the turn slightly brown. Mix the seasoning with the leaves and grind adding enough water to make a paste. In the same pan heat rest of the oil and roast the garlic cloves till they turn golden brown, Now mix the garlic with the ground Gongura paste and pachadi is ready to serve.

Serving suggestion: Serve with rice and ghee, with sliced onion on the side or with rotis.


  1. I made some gongura dal just 2 days back. I am lucky to get these in my local Indian stores too!

    Chutney looks fab.

    Thanks for pointing me to your site. Have added you to my blog roll and visit often.


  2. BTW, have you subscribed to Feed aggregator already? It will provide more exposure for your blog to other fellow foodies like me.

    Go to this link and contact tab.

    Lemme know if you need any more details.

  3. Thanks for dropping by my blog and helping me discover urs. This recipe looks too good! Happy blogging!

  4. Wow.. this is a nice dish.. looks really nice.

    First time here and sure to be back often. Should surely say that you have a lovely blog. Keep it going.

    Do take a look at my blogs when you are free.



Blog Widget by LinkWithin


All the pictures, content, and images are sole property of, unless otherwise mentioned. Permission is required to copy, download or use any text, photographs or image files. Please contact for all inquiries.

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape