Brinjal Gothsu/ Kathirikkai Gothsu

Brinjal Gothsu (popularly know as chidambaram kathirikai gotsu) is a nice dish that goes well with idli/dosa and pongal items. I learnt this from my mom, she used it make this dish often bcecause this is my father’s favourite . This gothsu has some unique taste and flavour because of freshly grounded powder and small onions. Am going to share this recipe with you all.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes


  1. Brinjal – 5 to 7 (based on the size)
  2. Small onion or Shallots – 15
  3. Tamarind – small lemon size
  4. Asafoetida – 2 pinch
  5. Red chillies – 8 (adjust based on the spiciness)
  6. Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  7. Oil – 1 tsp
  8. Salt – to taste
  9. Water – as required

To temper:

  1. Sesame oil – 2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  3. Split urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  4. Chana dal – 1/2 tsp
  5. Curry leaves – a spring


  1. Soak tamarind in water ans extract juice from it
  2. Heat a tsp of oil and add chillies, asafoetida and coriander seeds and roast it well till the aroma comes. switch off the flame, cool it and grind it to a powder


  1. Cut and wash brinjals and cook it in water for few minutes till it becomes soft. Remove it and cool down
  2. Grind brinjal into a coarse paste in a mixie
  3. Heat 2 tsp of gingelly oil in a pan and add items to temper
  4. Add finely chopped small onions and saute well
  5. Add brinjal and tamarind extract and enough water , salt to it
  6. Close it with lid and cook for 5 minutes in medium flame
  7. Open the lid and add Ground masala powder and cook it well
  8. Wait till it reaches the thick consistency
  9. Switch off the flame and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves
  10. Serve it with your favourite tiffin item
Kathirikai Gothsu