Gothsu is one of the authentic, traditional dishes of Chidambaram which is served in Natarajar temple along with Samba Sadham. This is made by the people in the temple and offered to Lord Nataraj. People who have tasted it say it is very nice. Wish I get a chance soon to taste it.
Gothsu is a very old recipe, made mostly by Tam Brams. It is a must at some of their weddings. My grandmom used to roast the Brinjal over charcoal fire , remove the skin of Brinjal and then make Gothsu In this method, there is a wonderful smoky flavor that the brinjal acquires in the process. Paati s Gothsu is always the best. These days we sometimes roast it over gas, but the flavor is not to be felt.
Gothsu can be made with or without onions, based on your taste and preference. I have always prepared it with onions. And the best combination for Gothsu is Ven Pongal. Its a heavenly combination. But be careful when you have it on a weekday, you are bound to fall asleep.
1/2 cup of moong dal
2 onions, chopped
2-3 green chillies
1 cup of chopped kathirikai
1 chopped tomato
Coriander leaves for flavor
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds and curry leaves for tempering
Oil as required
For Gothsu powder
1 tbsp - Channa Dal
1 tbsp - coriander seeds
2 tsp - Jeera
4 - red chilies
Boil the Moong Dal and keep it aside
Roast Kathrikai over flame and de skin it
Mash it well
Cut onions and tomato into small pieces
Blend the ingredients under Gothsu powder and keep separately
In a wide skillet add a little oil
When the oil is hot add mustard seeds and let it sputter
Add the curry leaves, sliced onions and tomato
Saute for about 2 minutes time
Add the mashed Kathrikai and Moong Dal
Followed by the Gothsu Powder
Adjust salt and add water for consistency
Let the mixture boil well and get into a gravy consistency.
Serve hot with Ghee Ven Pongal