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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

easy pongal gotsu
I have a brinjal gosthu recipe which uses a powder that has to be added to it. My MIL’s chidambaram brinjal gosthu recipe. Since no one likes brinjal in our family, my MIL grinds the brinjal coarsely and makes that gosthu. The speciality is that roast ground powder and I cant match her gosthu’s taste even now. She makes the consistency and taste perfectly. Even the brinjal haters of our family eats that. She makes it for idli only. My mom’s side gosthu-s are so simple and easy, yet its a kind of tasty. She makes it with ease. No grinding part, no tamarind. And there are quite a few variations in it. This is one my mom makes with only brinjal for pongal as pongal gotsu. But when I came to Singapore, once my sister in law here made this one which is very similar to moms with potato and carrot. So now a days I make a this for pongal. You might have seen this in my pongal post with potato and carrot alone and this post in my breakfast menu. I got few message and mails if I had posted it or not. I think even after this, I cant delay posting this one. Though its simple and easy to make, it tastes perfect for pongal and even idli dosas.

And before going to the recipe, I have an exciting news to shareParty. My recipes have been published as a supplementary book in the popular Kungumam THOZHI tamil magazineCool. I spent a quality time in this and took it serious and made it possible to send it very short period of timeBig Grin. Though I may not share all the recipes, I will sure share few interesting recipes from this collection, so stay tuned!!
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Pongal gotsu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 4


Brinjal, small - 3

Potato - 1

Carrot, small - 1

Onion - 1

Moong dal / paasi paruppu - 1/2 cup leveled

green chilli - 4

Turmeric (optional) - 1/4 tsp

Coconut oil - 2 tsp

Salt - As needed

Coriander leaves, chopped - 2 tblsp

To temper

Oil - 2 tsp

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Urad dal - 2 tsp

Jeera/ cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  1. Pressure cook dal for 3 whistles with enough water. We usually do not mash the dal for this gotsu, if you want you can. But my mom says we should cook without mashing it for a nice texture and flavor. Meanwhile, chop finely onion and other veggies. Carrot very fine, potato chop finely and brinjal can be little bigger comparatively.
  2. 1-pongal-gosthu 
  3. Heat a kadai with oil and temper with the items given under to temper table. Add onion, green chillies and fry till transparent.
  4. 2-pongal-gosthu 
  5. Add the chopped veggies and add little salt. Cook in medium flame for 2 minutes.
  6. 3-pongal-gosthu
  7. Add 2 to 2 & 1/2 cups of water, turmeric if adding and required salt and bring to boil.
  8. 4-pongal-gosthu 
  9. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the deisred consistency is reached. More or less a sambar consistency. My mom makes it watery too. Garish with the coriander leaves, coconut oil and switch off the stove.
  10. 5-pongal-gothsu 


    • You can make this with brinjal alone or with potato and carrot alone too.
    • You can add a tblsp of idli dosa batter towards the end to make the gravy thicker and it adds a nice taste too.
    • You can top with sesame oil and eat.
    • You can add a tomato in the same recipe along with the veggies.
    • Some moong dal give so much volume after cooking, so use lesser when its a bigger variety. Mine is very tiny grown in our relatives fields and cooks at no time. Gives less volume though.

Serve with idli, dosa or pongal the best. Easy and yummy gotsu for your main dish!


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  1. This looks somewhat like Kumbakonam Kadappa !

  2. I opened ur blog to c for dis kosthu only....surprisingly u posted...congrats dear.for d recipe in magazine...keep rocking

  3. Hi Raji,
    Nice recipe.i visit your blog regularly but this is the first time i comment. Believe it or not, your blog is the first one i see everyday after i wake up. Even before i get up from my bed, i first check your posts in my mobile.i absolutely love all your recipes and wonder your dedication. I will be very eager to know what recipe you might have posted today while the site is loading.
    There is not even a single day i havent talked about your recipes to my mom and husband. :)
    My hearty wishes for your publication. Hope to see more in future. May god bless you and your family. :)


    1. Thank you for your nice words Pavithra :)

  4. so yumm! Gostu.. nice recipe.. Congrats for your publication

  5. Congrats Raji....Thats so wonderful...Eagerly waiting for those recipes published....

  6. congrats raks.. orey kalakals.. and gosthu looks fabulous.. keep rocking raks

  7. congrats raji... and gotsu looks great...

  8. வாழ்த்துக்கள்! :)

  9. Congrats Raji. Happy for you.

  10. Congrats Raks. You deserve it and do include Singapore in all your work to show our Indian spirit .

  11. congrats raji, and you deserve it. keep going :)

  12. Congratz raji....ill try to buy ts book...wanna read ur recipes in tat book..

  13. Eppo dal add pannanum???

  14. I like this easy recipe with so many vegetables.

  15. Congrats.... keep rocking...

  16. Hi Raji,

    Feeling so happy for you... hearty congratulations!!!! Keep up the good work

  17. Congratulations Raji..waiting to see some of the recipes on your space.
    Gothsu looks delicious

  18. wow super tempting gothsu. We call this as kalyana gothsu. Nice clicks and hearty congratulations on the your milestone. Great work. Looking forward to see the recipes

  19. Congrats on the publication Raks! Now your recipes can also reach older people (like my mom and aunts) who do not use the web, but know about your recipes through me! Best of Luck! :)

  20. Hearty congratulations on publication of your recipes .Its such a honor right .Whoever preparation it is ur moms or mother-in -laws we love the outcome...Kosthu with pongal such a very good combo raji ..Colorful kosthu .

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  22. Yummy gotsu recipe...Hearty congrats Raji..and keep rocking.

  23. Congrats Rajeshwari, good job yaar!

  24. Sounds like a nice sidedish for pongal...looks great

  25. I tried this one today. It came very good. My family loves it

  26. I tried it today. It came very good.

  27. Great, I tried this first time today, Just took 15 minutes and it is great with Arisi Uppuma also. SR S

  28. hi raks, Should we do gotsu only with moong dhal or can we use toor dhal...reason am asking is with ponga also its moong dal n gotsu also moong dal...

    1. Yeah, moong dal is flavorful and goes well with pongal :) Makes it double delicious. Toor dal will not be the best choice as the flavor wont be good in this recipe.


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