Onion Curry - South Indian Recipe

Karnataka Curry - Onion / Irulli gojju recipe

This onion curry is a South Indian curry recipe. It is known as Onion / irulli Gojju and is from the southern state of Karnataka.

I always have onions at home as I use them a lot in my cooking. When no other vegetables are available, I make this onion gojju.

This onion gojju curry is a bit spicy and very tasty curry. It is served with Steamed Rice , Chapati , a variety of indian breads

You may use white or red onions for this curry.

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How to Make Onion Curry - Onion Gojju - Irulli Gojju

Main ingredients for Onion Gojju for 4-6 servings

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  • Onions - 4-5 large, about 3 cups finely chopped.
  • Rasam Powder - 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Jaggery (gud) - 2/3 tea spoons, more or less according to taste.
  • Tamarind (imli) - small lime sized or tamarind extract
  • Vegetable oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard  seeds (rai) - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric (haldi) powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafotieda / hing - 1/4 tsp1
  • Fresh coconut -  2 tbsp.
  • Poppy seeds (optional) - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 8-10 leaves
  • Coriander(cilantro) leaves - 2 tbsp chopped
  • Salt - 1 tsp or according to taste.
Ingredients for irulli gojju - onion curryIngredients for irulli gojju - onion curry

Preparation before cooking onion curry

  1. Grind poppy seeds (if using) and coconut to fine paste adding a little water.
  2. Soak tamarind in water for 10-15 minutes. Extract juice, keep aside.

Cooking Method for onion curry - onion gojju

Step 1 - Heat oil in a deep pan.

Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. when they stop spluttering, add asafoetida, chana dal and urad dal. Stir and add turmeric powder, curry leaves.

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Tempering ingredientsTempering ingredients

Step 2 - Add chopped onions and mix well. Keep stirring once in a while.

Step 3 - Cook onion for about 5-6 minutes or till onions turn transparent and soft as shown below.

Step 4 - Cover with a lid and cook for 7-8 minutes.

Step 5 - Add tamarind juice, jaggery, rasam powder, salt, grated coconut  and coriander leaves. Add coconut and poppy seeds paste if adding.

Add water as necessary to get desired consistency. I added 1/2 cup.

Cook for 5- 6 minutes more.

Take off the flame. Keep covered till serving time.

Your Onion Gojju is ready to serve with Steamed Rice, Chapati, Phulka , Poori .

You may serve it hot or at room temperature. You may keep this in the fridge for 3-4 days and heat and serve as and when you want.


  • You may use Sambar Powder instead of rasam powder for variation.The curry will thicken.
  • You may use tamarind extract or tamarind powder instead of tamarind to save time.
  • Add more jaggery if you like sweetish taste. I like it a bit sweetish. White onions are likely to be sweetish compared to red onions.

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