Chidambaram Brinjal Gothsu | Kathirikai Kothsu
A Popular Accompaniment for Idli / Dosa / Ven Pongal

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Ingredients

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1 Lemon Size Tamarind
2, Cubed Brinjal
1 Cup Shallots / Baby Onions
0.25 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
As Needed Salt
1 Tablespoon Oil
a Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
2 Teaspoon Sesame oil
For Garnishing Coriander Leaves
For Grinding
1 Teaspoon Oil
2 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
2 Teaspoon Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
3-4 Red Chili
For Tempering
1 Teaspoon Oil
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1 Teaspoon Split Urad Dal
Few Curry Leaves

Nutritional information

1/2 Cup
Serving Size
157
Calories
11 g
Fat
16 g
Carbs
3 g
Protein

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Chidambaram Brinjal Gothsu, a special and popular accompaniment for Idli / Dosa / Ven Pongal. Chidambaram is a famous town in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu. Of the numerous temples the Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram is one of the most significant ones. In terms of its antiquity, richness, in terms of worship & festival traditions, in architectural & sculptural splendour, in its association with music & dance, Chidambaram is a center second to none in representing the rich cultural heritage of India (About Chidambaram – referred from wikipedia).

Offering to the God

This Brinjal gosthu with Jeeraga samba Sadham is prepared at Chidambaram Temple as an offering to Lord Nataraja. Authentically it is prepared by directly cooking the brinjal over the flame. Once the brinjal is cooked, the skin will be removed and mashed it thoroughly. Finally they add the freshly ground spices to make this delicious and rich. In the temple, for the neivedhyam (offering for God), onion will not be added in gothsu.

Perfect accompaniment to Pongal and Idli !

For our breakfast accompaniment, we can very well enrich the Brinjal Gothsu (Kathirikai Gotsu) with shallots (baby onions). Although, conventionally, its made from smoked brinjals, but nowadays many of us especially living in abroad has sometimes no choice of Gas stoves instead we have coil or induction based stove. So it will be very tough to directly cook the brinjals over the flame. So we can either pressure cook or Saute the onions and brinjals and then grind or mash them to a coarse paste. We don’t need perfectly smooth brinjal paste. The chunks of the cooked brinjal add a nice texture to the dish.

Fresh Masala Powder

The key ingredient to Chidambaram Brinjal Gothsu (Kathirikai Gotsu) is the the freshly made masasla powder. We are going to roast and grind spices freshly that enhances the flavor. Instead of just adding broken red chili / green chili or sambar powder, the freshly ground spices increases the taste of the gothsu.

Other Accompaniments

Chidambaram Brinjal Gothsu (Kathirikai Gotsu) is a perfect side dish for idli / Dosa and also for Ven Pongal. But you can also make Brinjal Gothsu with dal or plain Onion Gotsu. Also we can make Sambar with moong dal which is the traditional Tiffin sambar that will also be wonderful for Idli / Dosa and Ven Pongal. Also check the collection of popular and tasty side dish for breakfast food.

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How to make Chidambaram Brinjal Gothsu?

(for the detailed step by step recipe instruction along with pictures, please scroll down further to Steps section below.)

  • Soak the Tamarind in the warm water and extract the Tamarind Juice
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the grinding ingredients and fry them in oil till the dal is golden brown color. Grind all the ingredients to the coarse powder
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan. To the pan, add shallots (baby onions) and saute till translucent. Then toss the brinjal cubes and saute till soft
  • Take the sauteed Onions and brinjal in a mixer jar and grind it to coarse paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Add Split urad dal and bengal gram dal and fry till dal turns golden brown. Also add curry leaves
  • To the pan, add tamarind juice along with salt, asafoetida and turmeric powder. Once the mixture started boiling add the onion-brinjal coarse paste and mix well
  • Add the freshly ground spice powder and mix well. Keep cooking the gothsu for 5 mins in low flame.
  • Finally add sesame oil and mix well. Garnish with Coriander Leaves

Notes:

  • If you have a gas stove, you can try roasting brinjal directly on top of flame. Grease the brinjal with oil and then using a tong hold the stem of brinjal and show it directly on the flame. Flip all the sides while cooking so that the brinjal is evenly cooked
  • You can add a teaspoon of jaggery powder at the boiling stage of Chidambar Gothsu which enhances the taste of Gothsu.
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Steps

1
Done
10 mins

Soak Tamarind

Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 mins and then extract the juice and keep it aside

2
Done
5 mins

Prepare Grinding Ingredients

Heat oil in a pan. Add the grinding ingredients (Coriander seeds, Channa Dal and finally Red Chili) and fry them in oil till the dal is golden brown color. Make sure that we don't over burn the ingredients.

3
Done
2 mins

Grinding Spices

Grind all the fried ingredients to a coarse powder

4
Done
8 mins

Sauteing Onion & Brinjal

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan. To the pan, add shallots (baby onions) and saute till translucent. Then toss the brinjal cubes and saute them till soft

5
Done
2 mins

Onion - Brinjal chunks

Take the sauteed Onions and Brinjal in a mixer jar and grind it to coarse paste. Just use the mixie in pulse mode. We don't want to grind the onions-brinjal to a smooth paste. Some chunks are perfectly fine

6
Done
2 mins

Tempering Process

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Add Split urad dal and bengal gram dal and fry till dal turns golden brown. Also add curry leaves

7
Done
5 mins

Boil Tamarind

To the pan, add tamarind juice along with salt, asafoetida and turmeric powder. Boil the tamarind juice to get rid of its raw smell. Then add the onion-brinjal coarse paste and mix well

8
Done
2 mins

Spice it up!

Add the freshly ground spice powder and mix well. Keep cooking the gothsu for 5 mins in low flame. You will see the oil separated from the mixture. Finally add sesame oil and mix well. Garnish with Coriander Leaves

9
Done

Serving Time!

Serve the delicious Chidambaram Brinjal Gothsu | Kathirikai Kothsu with Idli / Dosa / ven pongal and enjoy the delicious food.

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