Brinjal Kothusu/Kathrikai Gothsu - Idly/Dosa Accompaniment

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, April 23, 2012

A Week went like a wink!!!! So excited in posting Thali menu, didn't feel like we were doing it for 7 days. For the next 7 days, i will be posting the recipes from the Thali menu. So, lets begin with the Breakfast Thali. Today's Recipe is Brinjal Kothusu/Kathrigai Kothusu.  The recipe is inspired from Rak's Kitchen. Previously i used to do this by chopping the brinjal into thin slices and follow pretty much the same steps. But i wouldn't get that smooth consistency which this particular kothusu/gothusu has. After i went through Raji's method i m pretty much happy with the way the kothusu comes, creamy n saucy!!!! Hope you too enjoy it as we do!!!!
Breakfast Thali Menu Venpongal, Coconut Chutney, Brinjal Kothusu/Kathrikai Kothusu, Lentil Vadai with badam and Sooji/ Rawa Kesari

5-6 nos Brinjal
Tamarind, marble-sized
2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
1 small Tomato, finely chopped (optional)
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing

To Grind
1 tbsp Coriander Seeds/Dhaniya
5 -6 nos Red chilies (Increase/Decrease according to taste)

1/2 tsp mustard seeds/Kadugu
a sprig of Curry leaf
1/4 tsp turmeric powdder
1 tsp Oil
Hing/Asafoetida a pinch

  • Remove the stem of brinjal and Cut into pieces and boil them in enough of water till it gets cooked.Drain the water, let it cool. Blend/Grind it to a smooth paste in a blender/mixer.
  • Soak tamarind in water and extract tamarind juice. About one to one and half a Cups of Extract.
  • Dry Roast the ingredients given under "To Grind" and powder them in a mixer. 
  • Heat oil given under "Tempering", splutter mustard seeds, add hing, turmeric powder, curry leaves and onion. Saute till onion turns translucent. Add Chopped Tomatoes now if using, and saute till oil separates.
  • Add tamarind extract and Salt, boil for 4-5 minutes. To this mixture add the ground brinjal and half cup water and bring it to boil.
  • Add the ground Coriander-Chili Masala Powder and let it Cook in a medium flame till it thickens. 
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with Idlies or dosas!!!!
Sending this to Healthy diet - Vegetarian Side Dish, hosted by Vardhini of Cooksjoy, Event by Priya

  • Share:

You Might Also Like


  1. interesting platter and the recipe is unsual for me..liked the bowl you have served it in

  2. Good combo Priya...kothsu is the best one for pongal, nothing can beat that. Looks awesome.

  3. Never had this and would love 2 try this...looks yumm

  4. Yum yum, both pongal and gothsu goes awesome it.

  5. brinjal is so tempting whole plate is inviting

  6. I have never had brinjal kosuthu! where is the dish originated from? sounds absolutely yummy though! What i am curious about though is, what is possible to make the night before, and what do you have to absolutely make on the day! husband goes to work at 8:30, so breakfast has to be ready by 8 at the most! how do i handle that?

    1. Hi Shafeena, Brinjal Kothusu is very famous in South-india. This takes about 15-20 minutes to make, since the veggies can be pressure cooked too. You can make the dry powder, tamarind juice(refrigerate) ready the previous day. this will make it more easy. hope this helps.

  7. priya, instead of cooking brinjal alone, i use to keep it in cooker itself,in a sept vessel/on top of it when i keep for pongal.srivis

  8. I am sure it will go very well with rice or idlis too.

  9. i luv this thovayal type of kosthu

  10. nice plate presentation and nice combo of flavors!

  11. Delicious and wonderful spread,kothsu looks so tempting and one of my fav. for Idly and Pongal....

  12. Very creamy. Pongal and Gothsu (Gojju as we call it) is a classic combo!

  13. I always wanted to make this, yet to come around making it..very nice..

  14. love this combo. I roast the brinjal and do kothsu, i will try this method.

  15. I wanted to make this but missed out. Looks greata. shall try out soon

  16. Boiling eggplant is a great trick. Being eggplant lover, I'm definitely going to try this dish soon. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Looks so yumm!! Wonderful platter and sure would have tasted good too.

  18. Gothsu and pongal are a match made in heaven.Lovely recipe...

  19. We usually crush the brinjal pieces. Grinding it must have given a creamier kothsu. Looks so inviting...

  20. Very healthy side to dosa/Idli/pongal.

  21. Scrumptious thali, can I come over for breakfast?!!

  22. I have never eaten this before but would love to try.

  23. Pongal = gotshu combo is inviting.


Thanks a Lot for taking your time out and Visiting my Kitchen!!!!! Your Valuable Comments keep me going!!! Feel free to ask your doubts , i will definitely try reply you back. Good Day!!!