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Pongal Gotsu Recipe

Updated on June 27, 2011

Here is an easy and delicious Pongal gotsu recipe. Pongal gotsu contains eggplant, tamarind, garlic, ginger and seasoned with red chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds and urad dal. Learn how to make Pongal gotsu by following this simple recipe and let us know how it went.

Pongal gotsu
Pongal gotsu

Pongal gotsu recipe


  • Eggplant (small) - 5
  • Onions (chopped) - 1
  • Tomato (chopped) - 1
  • Ginger (chopped) - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garlic (chopped) - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Tamarind extract - 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Green chillies (cut into small pieces) - 4

For seasoning:

  • Oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Dry red chillies -2
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - 6

How to make Pongal gotsu:

Cut the eggplant into small pieces and place them in water with some salt to prevent discoloration. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, asafoetida, red chillies and curry leaves. Now add onions, garlic, ginger, and fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and turmeric and cook until it is soft and tender. It takes about 5 minutes. Add the tamarind extract and salt and cook on low heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the stove and wash the eggplant with a wood masher. Your pongal gotsu is ready. It goes well with pongal, idlis and dosas. Hope you try this Pongal Gotsu recipe and enjoy this pongal with this delicious side item.

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      Sujatha 6 years ago

      Did you mean 'mash" the eggplant instead of 'wash" the eggplant. Also, did you miss a step wherein the eggplant had to be cooked?