Monday, March 5, 2012

Ven Pongal & Vegetable Gotsu

Ingredients for Pongal
Raw rice (Basmati Rice(or)Sona masoori Rice) -3/4cup
Split moong dhal -1/4cup
Cashew - 7 pieces
Crushed cumin & pepper corns- 2 teaspoons
Green chilly-1
Few curry leaves
Hing -1/4 teaspoon
Water-2 1/2cup
Milk-1/2 cup

Wash and soak the rice n dhal for 20 minutes.
Pressure cook it with water,milk and salt for 4-5 whistles and let it cool.
Chop the g.chilly and curry leaves into fine pieces.
Heat ghee in a small pan, once its hot, add the cashews let them fry for a minute. Then add the crushed pepper corn-cumin seed,followed by hing,green chillies and curry leaves.
Mix this with the pongal and serve hot with gotsu.
for Gotsu
Small brinjals-2
Small potato-1
Small piece of Ridged gourd
Tiny piece of tamarind (or) 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
Green chilly- 1
MDH Madras curry powder- 11/2 teaspoons (optional, otherwise increase the number of green chillies.)
Cumin seed-1teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1/4teaspoon
Cilantro to garnish
Water-1/4cup or little more


Chop the veggies,onion,tomato,g.chilly into big chunks.
Heat little oil in a pressure pan. Add the cumin and coriander(dania) seeds and let them splutter.
Now add the onion-g.chilly-tomato chunks and cook for a couple of minutes.

Then add the veggies with turmeric powder, curry powder,salt and sugar. Add the water, close the pressure pan and cook for 2-3 whistles.
Open the cooker after it cools down, mash the condense coarsely with masher and garnish with cilantro.
Enjoy with Pongal/Idli/Dosa.


  1. Awesome looking pongal. Would love to try it out soon.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. healthy gotsu!!perfect with pongal!

  3. I love pongal a lot n lot!!With gotsu it'll taste delicious..Excellent combo :)

  4. I love gotsu a lot. but instead of pongal, I often prepare to eat it with white rice. Simply Yumm.

  5. Looks lovely. will try the gotsu today and let you know how it comes out..

  6. The pongal looks very creamy and lovely. The side-dish is new to me. I have never heard of gotsu before but it reminds me of sambar.

  7. healthy recipes, ven pongal is looking very yummy..

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  8. I must try this recipe as it seems I'm the only one who is not familiar with gotsu. :) Can you replace Madras curry powder with Surya curry powder (it's the one we usually use). I'm sure it must be good since it's eaten with pongal.

  9. Rathai, curry powder is an optional ingredient, you can avoid it and increase the amount of green chillies. Donno the taste of Surya curry powder,hence I don't have any idea! But you can definitely try it with the curry powder n let me know. :)

  10. Luv vegetable gotsu and pongal...cant stop drooling..

  11. Delicious venpongal. Never tried with gotsu. Yummy.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,


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