Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Onion Tomato Gotsu with Moong dal | Tomato(Thakkali) Goshtu Recipe

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onion tomato gotsu
Idli and Dosa is an everyday fare in most of the south Indian households.Though the most common side dishes that are often prepared for Idli and Dosa are Sambar and various chutney varieties like Coconut ChutneyTomato ChutneyPeanut Chutney etc but I often get confused to think of a side dish to pair with them other than the usual chutney-sambar options.
thakkali koshtu
I had tasted this Thakkali Gotsu for the first time at my aunt's place a few years ago,she had prepared this Tomato Gostu and poured it on the mini idlis and sprinkled a generous drizzle of ghee.She had served it as a starter as small individual portions,which I think was a good idea as this can be done in a jiffy and makes a great appetizer. Though the taste was very familiar to me as it is a simple moong dal but done in a slight different manner where the tomatoes play a major role in lending the flavor but I did not know the name of it then.I got to know the name only through the blogging world that it is called Tomato Koshtu or Thakkali Goshtu or Onion Tomato Gotsu. I quite liked the taste of the Gotsu and it should be made bit watery which helps those spongy Idlis to soak up the gravy nicely,I like it best with Idlis but one can serve it with even dosas.It is quicker to prepare when compared to the usual sambar and you can easily prepare it for larger crowd.
tomato goshtu
Check out other side dishes for Idli and Dosa:
onion tomato goshtu with moong dal
Onion Tomato Gotsu with Moong Dal | Tomato Koshtu Recipe:
Serves 2-3 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 5 mins | Cooking time: 25 mins | Total time: 30 mins
Cuisine: Tamilnadu | Category: Accompaniments/Side dish for Idli,Dosa

2 large or 3 medium Tomatoes, chopped
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup Yellow Moong dal
2-3 Green chilies, slit
5-6 Curry leaves
1 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves, to garnish
3/4 tsp Red chili powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
Salt, to taste
1-2 tbsp Oil

  • Wash and pressure cook yellow moong dal for 3-4 whistles and mash it nicely.Cut the onions, tomatoes and green chilies and keep it ready.
  • In a kadai/pan heat oil and crackle mustard seeds.Add curry leaves and green chilies and fry until the chilies wilt.
  • Now add finely chopped onions and fry nicely until they turn translucent.Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they become mushy.
  • Add red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt and fry nicely for another 2-3 mins.
  • Now add cooked and mashed moong dal and add enough water to get your required consistency and let it come to a boil and cook for another 3-4 mins.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve it hot with Idli/Dosa.

  1. Use the regular naati tomatoes for best taste, not the hybrid ones.
  2. The consistency of this gotsu should be thin and hence add adequate water to it and get to the desired consistency.
  3. You can add a bit of sambar powder in the recipe,if you want. I like it simple like the way I mentioned.
tomato gotsu


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