Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tomato Gojju / Thakkali Gothsu

Tomato Gojju is a very popular side dish for Chapathi's, Dosas and some Rice varieties. Tomato Gojju is called so in Karnataka and Thakkali Gothsu is the name for the dish in Tamil. The same Gojju can be mixed with white rice to make Tomato Rice / Baath. This forms the base for Tomato Rice/Tomato Baath. It tastes delicious when served as a side dish with Venn Pongal/ Khara Pongal. This is one of the exclusive recipes from my Mother's kitchen and an all time favorite at my Mom's place.This is how you make it.


3 medium sized tomatoes (Finely chopped)
2 medium sized onions (Finely chopped)
3-4 green chillies (Finely chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (Minced or chopped)

1 teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of red chili powder (optional)
1 sprig of curry leaves
1 tablespoon of finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, Urad Dal and Chana Dal
Salt to taste
Oil for seasoning (About a table spoon)


For the Gojju Powder:

  • In a small fry pan, roast the Cumin seeds and the Fenugreek seeds together until the aroma from both the spices are released. 
  • Grind it into a slightly coarse powder and keep it aside.
For the Gojju :
  • Take a deep pan and add about a tablespoon of oil.
  • Once the oil is hot add Mustard seeds, Urad Dal, Chana Dal and curry leaves.
  • After the mustard seeds crackle, add the chopped onions and green chillies.

  • Then add the garlic and mix well. Garlic is added after onions and green chillies to prevent it from burning.
  • Sauté them until translucent.Then add the chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  • Now add the turmeric powder, salt and red chili powder. Along with all these add the ground Fenugreek and Cumin powder. 
  • Mix all the ingredients well. Cover and cook for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat.
  • Mix the contents in between and cook for an additional 5-10minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro.Tomato Gojju is ready to serve.

Enjoy eating and I will be back with a new recipe soon!!


  • Red Chilli powder is for the extra red color. It can be adjusted to taste and is optional since we already added green chillies.


Satya said...

nice step by step pics...looks very yummy


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My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

That looks so delicious.. i could eat just like that :)

Pushpa said...

Looks spicy and fantastic,my fav with dosas and idlis.

Priya said...

Slurp, droolworthy gojju..


Looks yummy and love the way you prepare it!

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Uma said...

love to have this with dosas.. yummy!

savitha ramesh said...

tangy godhdu......want some piping hot idlies.

Swathi said...

Delicious tangy gojju, thanks for visiting my blog, you have beautiful space too.

revathi said...

Delicious looking dish...and it is so simple.Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your wonderful comments..You have a fantastic space with a nice collection of delicious recipes...will be a regular here...keep up the good drop into my blog when you have time..

aipi said...

yummy all the way !

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Jay said...

love your step by step presentation....awesome..
Tasty appetite

jeyashrisuresh said...

that looks very nice and great combo for soft spongy idlis

Priti said...

I just made now ...little diff than ur version and this looks so gud the colour

Sunijaga said...

looks yummy...

Preetha Karthik said...

Hi Gayathri,
Your stepwise photos are looking nice :)Thakkali gothsu is my favorite, often I will do this, takes less time to cook

Sharmilee! :) said...

Tasty and a easy dish , perfect for idlis and dosas

Now Serving said...

I too go back at forth with the gojju/gotsu name - Looks great and I sure it tasted that way too! first time here - nice blog!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Super delicious with dosas and idlis

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Gojju looks so colorful and spicy..