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December 1, 2012


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I got this recipe from my friend swarna ..She had learnt this from a chidambaram cook.I have tried this 3 times so far. The recipe for gothsu powder is so simple. We can make it once & store for weeks. I am a big fan of brinjal but my hubby hates it.The good thing about this recipe is my husband liked it a lot and gave approval to make it often Winking smile. The consistency of this gothsu should be very thick like a paste but we love to have it in semi gravy consistency. So please make it as u like..It tastes the best when made with sambar onions.Use small onions only.. I heard this is the best accompaniment for ven pongal.But we had with idli .Please go through this post for more details about this chidambaram gothsu. I referred it for additional info Smile.. For gothsu powder , i followed my friend’s recipe but i saw so many varieties adding methi & channa dal.Anyways it tasted great..Please have a look at the notes section too.. Do try and let me know how u like it Smile..
If u want to try kumbakonam style gotsu  , do refer this post.

  • Brinjal – 4-5 nos (medium sized)
  • Tamarind – Medium gooseberry size  ( adjust)
  • Small onion – 15 nos
  • Salt & water – As needed
For gothsu powder ( to dry roast & powder)
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 4-6  nos ( long variety)
For large quantity (to grind n store)
  • Corinader seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Red chillies - 12-15 nos (long variety)
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing – 1/8 tsp (optinal)
  • Curry leaves – few ( pinched)

  • Dry roast dhania & red chillies (1/2 tsp methi seeds – optional)
  • in low flame for 2-3 mins till dhania starts to splutter. Make sure u dont burn them. Then grind them ( to a fine powder and set aside.. Please add the mentioned amount of red chillies while making gotsu powder because if u reduce the chillies , gotsu powder may taste bitter and it will spoil the taste of gotsu.In that case , add little red chilly powder an proceed. Cut brinjal into small pieces and keep in water..Cut small onions into cubes and set aside..Soak tamarind in little water..
gotsu tile 1
  • Heat a kadai with oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves & hing.Now add the small onions and saute till it turns transparent.. Then add the finely chopped brinjal pieces..Add the required salt..Saute till it shrinks. Add water & cover cook the brinjal for sometime..
gotsu tile 2
  • Add the tamarind extract and cover cook till the brinjal is cooked well. U should be able to mash the brinjal with ladle but still some pieces should be visible..Now add 2 tsp of gotsu powder , mix well. Add little water if necessary..Boil it for sometime. The gravy thickens.Adjust the water if u want in gravy consistency OR enjoy as it is !! Add coriander leaves for garnishing but it is not needed..
gotsu 3
Enjoy with hot idlies / pongal adding sesame oil/ ghee..Sesame oil enhances the taste..For pongal , no need to add sesame oil..

  • I’ve given the gothsu powder for larger amount which u can store n use. U can use 2 tsp of this powder for one time..
  • My friend told,  usually brinjal is burnt/ roasted in flame with skin and they mash it & add.But nowadays they follow this method..
  • If u feel the gravy is bitter , u can try adding more tamarind extract because the bitterness completely depends on the brinjal we use..


  1. Drooling here!!! am bookmarking this delicious and yummy dish!!!
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  2. Thanks sowmya & sangeetha for ur quick comments :)

  3. An excellent pair for pongal, one of my grandma's signature dish.

  4. we do this too pretty often and as u mentioned mainly for pongal.. looks really yum

  5. I have blogged this too long time back... I thought you knew this before. Since maami is also from chidambaram, the recipe is also ditto same which I have blogged :) We make very often too.

  6. Thanks all. @ Raji , when my frnd told me to post this recipe , i suddenly reminded abt ur mami's recipe only..The recipes are similar but the method is slightly different. So posted here :) Do try this for variation :)

  7. wonderful Gothsu. I was looking for the recipe and google brought me here :)

  8. Perfect combination for idli and dosa

  9. Hi chitra,
    I did your gothsu recipe. I modified it a little. Came out well.

  10. can i add corinder powder and chilly powder instead of seeds

    1. Yes, you can add but taste may vary.U can also grind the brinjal to a coarse paste & do as u mentioned :)


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