Pongal ( both sweet and spicy ) is a favorite at home. As much as we like ven pongal with sambar and chutney, I like it much better when I serve it with this Onion and Tomato Gothsu. Since there is no dal/lentils in this Gothsu, you don't end up feeling heavy after eating pongal with it. It's very light and the slight sourness from the tomatoes goes very well with Ven Pongal, do try this Gothsu, the next time you make Ven Pongal, of course this goes very well with idlis and dosas too..
Need To Have
- Onion - 3 medium, chopped
- Tomatoes - 3 medium
- Urad Dal/Husked Black Gram - 2 teaspoons
- Mustard Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
- Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
- Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
- Green Chilly - 1, slit
- Ginger - 1" piece, chopped finely
- Curry Leaves - 10 - 15
- Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Sambar Powder - 3 teaspoons
- Coriander Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
- Cumin Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Chopped Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup
Chop and grind 2 tomatoes and keep.
Heat some oil, add the urad dal, mustard seeds, when it starts sputtering, add the fenugreek seeds and asafoetida followed by the chopped onions, curry leaves, green chilly and ginger. Saute it well till the onions turn pink, then add the remaining one tomato ( chopped ) and saute till it turns mushy.
Then add the ground tomatoes, turmeric powder, sambar powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Mix for a minute, then add 2 cups of water, salt, cover and cook on medium heat for about 7 to 10 minutes. Then garnish with the chopped coriander and serve.
Use good ripe tomatoes.
I use homemade fresh coriander powder, this has a nice flavor than the store bought one.