BM #122 Week 2 Day 1 - 

This week I shall continue with the "A-Z Tamil Dishes". This week the letters are G, H, and I. Gothsu is typically used as an accompaniment to Idli, Dosa or Pongal. 

Usually eggplant/brinjal is used in this recipe but owing to allergies, I have opted to make the basic version with just onions and tomato. 

In our family, we make something called Gojju (which is very similar sounding to Gothsu) but the spice powder used is very different and no dal is added to Gojju. 

Here are two varieties of Gojju we make frequently at home Bendakaya Gojju and Tomato Gojju

Ingredients - 

Onion sliced 1/2 cup
Tomatoes chopped 1 cup
Tamarind extract out of small lemon sized tamarind
Turmeric, Salt, Jaggery as needed
Moong dal 1/4 cup
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Hing 1/4 tsp, Curry leaves few)
Gothsu Powder - 
Oil 1 tsp
Chana Dal 3 tsp
Urad dal 2 tsp
Dhania 2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds 1/4 tsp
Red Chilies 3 (I used Guntur Chilies)
Hing 1/4 tsp

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add oil and roast chana dal , urad dal, dhania, and fenugreek seeds one after another and finally fry the red chilies and hing. Remove from heat and powder them upon cooling. Set aside.

Wash and drain and pressure cook moong dal adding about 3/4 cup of water. 

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds pop, add onions and fry until they are golden brown.

Add tomatoes and let them cook until they are mush. Add tamarind extract, gothsu powder, turmeric, salt and jaggery and let them cook together. 

Add about a cup of water and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Add the cooked moong dal and mix well.

Remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with Pongal.


Preparation Time 25 minutes
Serves 4
Posted by Harini R on Monday, May 10, 2021


  1. Ritu Tangri Says:
  2. My family is a moong dal eater family that means at least thrice a week, I make moong dal. This is certainly going to be a nice variation to the same moong dal. Bookmarking

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. Gosthu with ven pongal is our sat breakfast that we look forward to enjoying...such a versatile dish..

  5. Give me as many side dishes as possible, but nothing will beat the combo of pongal and gothsu. This is by far the best side dish for pongal and I can eat it all day.

  6. Radha Says:
  7. Gothus is a family favorite for pongal and upma. This is a great recipe.

  8. Archana Says:
  9. Gothsu is something I have heard so often that I think I better make it soon. For I cannot contain my curiosity about it any more. I will definitely be making it as Sunday evening meal. Yum Sunday here we come.

  10. Narmadha Says:
  11. Pongal with gothsu is such a classic combo that never can be boring. Love your recipe with freshly grounded spice powder. Bookmarking to try soon.

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