Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Onion Tomato Gothsu, Side Dish For Pongal, Idlis And Dosas

          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.
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  1. Love the last shot Hema.. Very comforting side for pongal

  2. Sounds easy and looks delicious! can you add any other veggies to it too?

  3. That's a wonderful recipe. A big change from normal dal curries.

  4. Looks so inviting!
    A treat for tomato lovers like me!

  5. Beautiful presentation and flavorful, yummy recipe!

  6. Looks tasty and flavorful. Love it with Dosa

  7. Love this gothsu.. esp with idli and pongal.. looks delicious.

  8. MY all time fav!! lovely clicks as always!!