Gotsu(Kumbakonam Gotsu)

I am quite amused about my title for this post rather than the post itself. Haha…Its like saying, Billa…David Billa….

Jokes apart, here is the recipe of a traditional South Indian side dish for Pongal or dosa.



This can be made with any vegetable, but the version with brinjal(egg plant) is the tastiest of all.

Boil 1/2 a cup of moong dal with a pinch of turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.

Take a small ball sized tamarind and soak it in warm water for a while. Then extract the juice out of it and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add 1/2 tspn cummin seeds(jeeragam),1/4 tspn fenugreek seeds(vendhayam,green chillies(3 or 4),1/2 tspn hing(asafoetida), curry leaves and fry.

Now add one onion(finely chopped) and saute till it changes color.Add 2 brinjals(eggplants-finely chopped)(Note: Remember to soak the brinjals in water when you chop them else they turn dark)

Cut one tomato finely and add it to the pan.

Allow the brinjals and tomatoes to be fried for 2 minutes. Then add the tamarind extract.Allow the whole mixture to be cooked well and the raw smell of tamarind disappears. Add salt ,a pinch of turmeric powder,1/2 tspn chilly powder and close the lid of the pan. Once the brinjals are cooked well,you may add the cooked moong dal with this mixture. Mash the whole mixture while stirring and allow it to boil.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Gotsu -Kumbakonam Gotsu is ready to be served . 🙂

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