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Vegetable Gotsu for Snacks

Vegetable_Gotsu_1 Gotsu is a side dish usually prepared for Idli, Upma and Ven-pongal. This is made with onion, mixed vegetables like carrot, brinjal, potato and with some lentils and spices. Gotsu is served in marriages also as a side dish. Gotsu is prepared little watery to eat snacks comfortably. Gotsu is more suitable with snacks to make it as a balanced food as lentils and vegetables with less oil are in Gotsu and snacks have the necessary carbohydrates.

Different variants of Gotsu are available from home to home. Here is a Gotsu I generally prepare for Rice Upma .

Serves: 4 to 5

Cooking time: 20 to 30 minutes


  • Split green gram (paasi paruppu) – cup
  • Carrot – 1 no
  • Potato – 1 no
  • Small brinjal (eggplant) – 5 no
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Tomato – 2 no
  • Green chilli – 2 no
  • Coriander leaves – few
  • For dry grinding
    • Coriander seeds – 1 table spoon
    • Bengal gram – 1 table spoon
    • Red chilli – 2 no
    • Coconut – 2 pieces
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
    • Red chilli – 1 no
    • Asafetida powder – pinch
    • Curry leaves – few

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  • Peel and chop onion, potato and carrot; chop green chilli, tomato, brinjal and some curry leaves.
  • Take washed green gram in a cooker, add all chopped items, add one cup of water, add a pinch of turmeric powder and pressure cook for 2 whistles.

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  • Dry roast the items given for dry grinding, powder it coarsely, and keep.

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  • Now mash the pressure cooked items in the cooker partially; do the seasoning in a pan, add pressure cooked items, two cups of water and salt; mix well and bring to boil; adjust salt and water consistency.

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  • Add coriander leaves and mix well; add roasted dry powder, mix well without any lumps.

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  • Let it boil for few seconds and then remove.


  • Serve hot with Idli, Dosa, Upma.



  • Use seasonal vegetables to make gotsu a simple dish.

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  • Priya December 30, 2009, 4:59 am

    Vegetable gotsu sounds fantastic and marvellous..

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