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Onion Tomato Gothsu

Gothsu is a South Indian accompaniment for idli, dosa and pongal. It is either made with kathirkkai (brinjal) or onion-tomato. Gothsu is quite similar to sambar. The difference is that gothsu contains less amount of dal and moong dal is used instead of toor dal. Today, we will see how to make onion tomato gothsu.

Onion tomato gothsu is a simple and easy side dish for idli, dosa, pongal and even upma. This gothsu can be prepared in very less time. I personally prefer gothsu over tiffin sambar. I love the sour taste with the slight hint of sweetness from the jaggery. Try this gothsu for idli or dosa and I'm sure you will fall in love with the flavors.


{ Onion, tomato and lentils in a sweet and sour gravy }
Serves 2-3


1 large onion, chopped
2 large tomato, chopped
3-4 green chillies, slit
¼ cup cooked yellow moong dal / paasi paruppu
2 tsp sambar powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chilly powder (optional)
½ tsp powdered jaggery
2-3 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1-2 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
Salt to taste


1. Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add red chillies and curry leaves. Then add onion, green chiilies and saute till onions are soft.

2. Then add tomatoes and cook till they become soft. Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, sambar powder, salt and 1 cup water.

3. Mix well and bring to boil. Simmer in low heat for 5 minutes. Then add the cooked dal and more water if its too thick.

4. Let it simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Lastly added coriander leaves and jaggery. Simmer for another minute and remove from heat.

Notes and Tips
  • Gothsu has a thin watery consistency. So if its thick, add water and adjust it.
  • If your tomatoes are not sour, add 1 or 2 tsp of tamarind paste.


  1. curry looks yum!It is interesting to know some facts about 'Gothsu'

  2. Mouthwatering recipe and clicks...

  3. wow... that looks so lipsmacking good...

  4. looks so colorful and tempting.

  5. Tempting and delicious curry !!

  6. wow wow You have so tempted me am drooling here for some gosthu and idli's :) looks mouthwatering indeed :)

  7. Nice presentation. Gothsu looks delicious.

  8. Delicious and mouthwatering gothsu, perfect side dish for idli and pongal.

  9. nice tempting clicks.. Really mouthwatering gosthu..

  10. looks a must try recipe with idlis..:)

  11. Looks so good with the idlis, I also love this with pongal..

  12. lovely clicks n tempting gosthu..

  13. I thought gosthu is another name for curry.Give me this by any name and I shall see the plate is wiped clean by the end of the meal :)

  14. such a perfect side for it

  15. Looks really fantastic & mouth watering.. great clicks dear..

  16. Gothsu looks delicious.. nice pics..

  17. My makes this often for idli. Thanks for sharing,looks delicious.

  18. Fingerlicking gothsu, who can resist to this mouthwatering dish.

  19. Gothsu looks mouthwatering and delicious

  20. delicious preparation..inviting me

  21. Delicious and good combo for idly and dosas


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