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June 2, 2009

Tomato Gotsu Recipe - Onion Tomato Gosthu Recipe

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Tomato gotsu

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I learnt this sambar for idli from my MIL. We call this as “Thakkali gosthu/Tomato gotsu”. Many of you would have heard about Chidambaram Brinjal gosthu. This one is made with onion and tomato, prepared in Thanjavur/Tanjore style.Usually gotsu is served as a side dish for Pongal. But we make this gotsu very often in our kitchen mainly as a side dish for Idli. Its a very easy to make one pot sambar recipe.Ideal recipe for bachelors and working women to make it for breakfast. Its watery texture is the highlight for this sambar. Do try it once. You will love its simplicity.Lets see how to make this easy and quick sambar for idli dosa.
Check out my Chidambaram Brinjal gotsu too.
Tomato gostu

Tomato Gosthu Recipe

Tomato Gosthu Recipe Thanjavur style Thakkali Gosthu
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Tomato – 2 nos (Finely chopped)
  • Big onion – 1 no (Finely chopped)
  • Moong dal – 1 tbsp
  • Green chilly – 2-3 nos (Slit cut) I used 1 green chilli, 1 red chilli
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Idly/Dosa batter – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water – as needed.
To temper
  • Mustard – 1 /2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Jeera/Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
    1. Heat a pressure cooker with oil and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.
    2. Add finely chopped onion and slitted green chillies. Saute until transparent. Then add tomato pieces and saute till it becomes mushy.
    3. Now add the tomato and saute well.Its not necessary it should turn mushy.(While eating this gosthu,u’ll have pieces of tomato )
    1. Add moong dal,salt and required water.Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
    1. Open the cooker and add a tbsp of idli/dosa batter and mix it well.As it is watery onion,tomato,dal,chilly will be separate.So adding this batter gives a thickness & togetherness to this gosthu. If u want,u can replace idly batter with besan flour. But that gives a different taste.
  • Actually in Tanjore, the same gosthu is also made with finely chopped brinjals. Instead of tomato, they add tamarind pulp.But we make this gosthu mostly with tomato and very rarely with brinjal becoz my husband doesn’t like brinjal.So if u like brinjal, u can follow the same method and make brinjal gosthu.It tastes excellent.Drooling I have made a post for this HERE.Please check it for variation.

I tried this hotel style moong dal sambar from Viki’s kitchen.It was great.My mom makes this sambar but she used to roast & grind fenugreek,coriander seeds, chana dal to a powder and add to it.This sambar gave the exact taste as my mom makes but without adding this powder.Very easy and tasty too.Thanks a ton Viki.Last week my brother came home and I made this sambar for idly.It was a super hit.All the credit comes to you dear VikiHappy.

Idly sambhar from viki's kitchen

    Tomato is a sour, relishing, an appetizer helps in digestion, and is a blood purifier. It has curative effects in low-appetite, stomach ache, controlling excessive fat, and blood impurities. It also cures piles, jaundice, weakness and fever. It prevents constipation. It is small, has lubricity and smoothness and its nature is hot. It develops blood and the humor of the bile in the body.
    It is normally used in approximately every part of India. It is used with fruits, in making soups and with vegetables.
    Sprinkling powdered dry ginger and mineral salt on the pieces of tomato and eating it, increases appetite and indisposition.
    After cutting a raw tomato into pieces and then roasting it in a coated vessel for some time. Sprinkling it with powdered black pepper and powdered mineral salt mined with"Eating Soda" in it, cures indigestion and abdominal pain.
    Roasting the pieces of raw tomato in a coated vessel, and then sprinkling yellow- orpiment powder on it and taking it (500 mg )once in a day cures cough and fever.
    Mixing sugar and powdered cloves in tomato juice and drinking it cures "Avarice"
    Drinking either tomato juice or tomato soup mixed with sugar cures diseases relating to excessive bileous humor in the body.
    Mixing sugar (1/4th of the quantity of tomato juice) in tomato juice and again mixing it with powdered cardamom and powdered black pepper (both small quantities) cures the stomach disease and stops vomiting.
    Mixing the bark of Arjun tree (terminalia-alatagbra) and sugar in tomato juice and then having this semi-liquid combination cures heartaches and is very beneficial for heart patients.
    Drinking 50 grams juice of ripe tomato thrice daily, cures diseases related to blood impurities and bile within a few days and stops bleeding of the gum.
    Drinking juice of ripe tomato twice daily and using minimum salt in the diet cures many diseases related to impurities of blood like reddish spots on the skin, dryness of the skin, irritations, itches, and boils, on the skin and pimples.
    Drinking tomato juice daily in the morning and in the evening cures night blindness and improves the vision and power of the eyes.
    Having tomato juice or tomato soup daily clears out the dry stools accumulated in the intestines and cures chronic constipation.
    Despite of such great curative properties of the tomato, its usage is not favorable for people suffering from stones,swelling, rheumatism, acidity due to wind humor and bill humor. Woman having problem in their uterus too should avoid using tomato.
Enjoy this easy, one pot gostu with hot idli ! I love it with dosa too Winking


  1. Tomato Gosthu looks delicious..would be perfect with rice:)

  2. i like your kitchen clinic,i have a blog 'ayurveda on my plate' but am not able to update it often........your write ups inspire me to go there......thanks.

  3. Tomato Gosthu is Yum and delicious! MY mom used to cook exact way but she adds sambar onions!:) Wonderful info about Tomatoes:)

  4. Thanku dearies for ur quick comments:)Thanks sangeeta:)

  5. Never prepared something like dis for Idlies.....looks interesting gal..

  6. pics look awesome! I am going to check viki's blog,I always make like u hav mentioned,i.e; roast and ground,its quite exhausting now,time to try out new!!

    I like this setion tried and tasted,double the assurance ;D

  7. woww..superb pics..very tempting..thanks for the recipe :)

  8. Tomato kothsu - a very notable recipe for me. Love those authentic recipes u publish always. Thanks for trying my version of Idly sambar. It came out really great and gorgeous for u. U know what? I learnt most of my authentic veg recipes from a family friend who live in a place called Town in Tirunelveli. If I show that aunt ur sambar, she will be overwhelmed with joy:) Have a great day dear.

  9. I love tomato favorite with dosas :)

  10. hey chitra,
    The tomato koshtu looks yummm... One of my neighbour here had taught me this one, urs looks well prepared dear. Wow viki's recipe has turned out very well for u :)

  11. I do brinjal gosthu,tomato gosthu looks yummmm!!!!

  12. nice color chithra...yummy..

  13. Tomato gothsu looks great and delicious ... I make brinjal gothsu served with venpongal/idli/dosas ...

  14. Nice color tomato goshtu :)is new recipe to me

  15. very delicious recipe looks so yummy and yeh nice color too.nice and very useful info about tomato in kitchen clinic.

  16. I ofen prepare the brinjal kothsu...but your looks so easy and yummy...I will try it soon...

  17. Looks yumm....I make something similar just didn't know it was gosthu:)

  18. Lovely curry! Simple and delicious! Will give it a try next time!

  19. Thanku all for ur sweet comments:)
    @viki, thanks dear:)

  20. very new, I hve never added dosai batter...just a simple and lovely twist! Should try this one...

  21. Looks yum and interesting. I make mixed vegetable and Kathirikkai gothsu. Never tried tomato and dosai mavu addition is new to me. Will try out.

  22. Tomato Gosthu looks Yummm and delicious! i love your kitchen clinic.. :)

  23. Adding a little batter is very new to me.Looks delish!

  24. Adding the batter is a nice tip there, Chitra! Tomato gothsu sounds delicious!

  25. i also learnt tomato gotsu from my MIL..its prepared slighly different way.. looks perfect..

  26. Lovely dish.. The spoonful of idli batter is very smart idea - liked it...

  27. love gothsu with venn pongal especially..looks yumm..

  28. Another goodness from you..Will be def useful for me..Tx.

  29. Tomato Gosthu sounds very delicious! Love the flavors!

  30. ooh..just great da..U n viki are making me drrool with ur idli-sambar talks..hehe..:)

  31. really lovely .. I love dishes like this .. bookmarked

  32. Adding idli batter is very new to me. Looks yummy and delicious.

  33. Thanks Chitra for your wonderful input to my blog.Btw this Clinic idea is excellant.I learn't more about tomatoes.

  34. Tomato gosthu looks delicious - must've been a great combination for idli/dosa.

  35. i didnt know goshtu was a tanjore speciality!! looks delicious!

  36. mmm, idli and tomato ghost I would give away anything for that!!! simply a superb breakfast... So you say when I come home you are gonna make me this uhhh?? :)

  37. adding dosa batter is something tat is new to me. am going to try this out sometime.

  38. tomato gotshu looks so mouth is watering..LOL

  39. I love anything with tomato and this looks so gud..

  40. Yummy gotshu,never used idli batter for thickening.

  41. Gosthu n pongal- one heavenly combo rite?
    Urs looks so good n yummy.

  42. Tomato Gosthu looks delicious..nice kitchen clinic info

  43. Tomato gosthu looks simple & delicious.

  44. thanku all friends for ur nice comments..@ramya,welcome:)I'll sure make this 4 u:)

  45. I think I'd want to eat this just as is too.

  46. hey..i am from tanjore..u too??..yummmy kothsu u made..

  47. Indra Parasurman sad...

    I belong to Tanjore. Normally I make similar Tomato gosthu, Brinjal gosthu, onion with green chilli gosthu,potato gosthu etc., like you.
    Nice dish....


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