Brinjal Gothsu

This is a very famous dish in Chidambaram in TamilNadu. Chidambaram has a very famous Natarajar temple and this dish is even known to be provided as offering to Lord Nataraj. This dish is made with brinjal and tamarind juice.

Preparation Time: 45 mins

1. Brinjal - 6
2. Onion - 2 medium size
3. Tamarind juice - 300 ml  (you can make the juice from either a tamarind of small lemon size or from 2 spoons of tamarind paste).
4. Red chillies - 2
5. Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
6. Urud dhal - 2 teaspoon
7. Asafoetida - a pinch
8. Curry leaves - 4
9. Oil - 2 tablespoon
10. Salt - to taste
11. Coriander leaves - to garnish

To make Powder:
1. Channa dhal - 3 tablespoon
2. Red chillies - 4 (vary it according to your spice level)
3. Coriander seeds - 1 tablespoon
4. Methi seeds - 1 teaspoon

1. Chop brinjal into fine pieces and onions lengthwise.
2. Dry roas all ingredients given for powdering and make a coarse powder.
3. Heat oil in pan and when hot add mustard seeds.
4. When it splutters, add urud dhal, red chillies and asafoetida and fry until it turns golden brown.
5. Add the chopped onions and curry leaves and cook until onions turn transparent.
6. Now add the brinjals and salt and mix well for next 5 minutes
7. Add the tamarind juice and bring it to boil in a medium flame.
8. When it comes to boil, add the powder and keep it in a low flame and cook for another 15 minutes.

Garnish it with coriander leaves and tasty, yummy brinjal gothsu is ready to serve. This is a very good combination for Idly and Ven Pongal.

1. Based on the sourness of the tamarind you use, make sure to adjust the quantity.
2. You can also add a cup of cooked moong dhal to have an additional taste.


  1. I was studying in Chidambaram where my cousin had a hotel 'NATARAJ VILAS' IN EAST SANNADHI ST. way back in 1948-49. The cheif cook was one Ayya swamy. he makes the Gothsu as you have mentioned
    but he used to add 2tbps of TIL(GINGILY)-ellu powder. The Dikshidars of Chidambaram used to rush for this recipe with Idli.

  2. i like this. surely going to try this.


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