Original version of Chidambaram Gotsu is made using Tamarind and Small Onions with Brinjals. As I am not a big fan of Tamarind, I have used Tomatoes in place of tamarind to give the sour taste.
Brinjals – 2 Big
Tomatoes – 4-5 finely chopped
Coriander seeds – 3 tbsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Toor dal – 2 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida – 1 tsp
Dried Red Chillies – 5-6
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Oil – 4-5 tbsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Coriander Leaves – 1 small bunch finely chopped
Grated jaggery – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
In a pressure cooker, cook the brinjals to one whistle, allow it to cool and keep it aside.
In a kadai heat oil and once hot add dried red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, toor dal, curry leaves and saute for 3-4 minutes. Now add half the tomatoes and saute for couple of minutes. Turn off the heat, allow it to cool and keep it aside.
Now blend the cooked brinjals into a fine paste and keep it separately.
Next blend the tomatoes, masala mixture into a fine paste and keep it separately.
In the same kadai, heat oil add mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida and saute for couple of minutes. Now add the remaining tomatoes, turmeric powder and saute till the tomatoes become mushy.
Now add the brinjal paste and masala paste and mix it well.
Add the jaggery and salt and water and let it cook for few minutes. (the Gotsu will be bubbling like a halwa).
Garnish with coriander and the yummy Chidambaram Gotsu is now ready ! Serve with hot Idlis or Dosas!