I had made this Gothsu when I had prepared Pongal knowing that this is the side dish that will pair well with Pongal, but I loved pongal on its own and this curry also was a nice combo to the pongal.
I saw various Gothsu recipes for Pongal but used Jeyashris recipe to make it.
Here is what we need:
Purple/Dark Brinjal – 1
Small onions/Shallots – Around 15
Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
Tamarind extract – ½ cup
Sambar powder- ¼ th tsp
Chana Dal – 1 tbsp
Corriander Seeds/ Dhania -1 tbsp
Red Chilli - 4
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves few
Asafoetida – a pinch
Salt to taste
Finely chopped coriander leaves – a tbsp
Firstly apply oil to the brinjal and roast it on flame or Coal anything available with you and when done immerse the brinjal in water for some minute by doing this the skin comes out easily.
Rinse the brinjal to make sure there is no burnt sin over it.
Mash it with your hands well.
Now heat a pan add ½ tbsp oil chana dal,dhania,red chillies and roast til brown. When cooled down powder it and keep aside for later use.
Peel the onions and keep aside.
Take a pan add ½ tbsp oil again and add in mustard seeds,when splutters add curry leaves shallots and roast till shallots turn golden brown.
Add the tamarind extract ( taken from 1 tbsp tamarind), sambar powder,salt turmeric powder and hing.
Let the water come to a rolling boil then add the ground masala and boil it for almost 6-7 minutes.
Add in the mashed brinjal and mix well.
Add more water if you want a thinner version.
Let it cook for 4-5 minutes the add coriander leaves and mix well.
Serve it hot with Pongal or idli, dosa or anything of your choice.
I have used only 4 chillies that to not much spicy you can adjust spice accordingly.
Actual recipe has no curry leaf but I lie the flavor so I have added it you can sip if you wish to.