Tomato Gotsu – Thakkali Gotsu

August 12, 2015 Kuzhambu VarietiesSide Dish for Idli/DosaTirunelveli Style RecipesTomato  11 comments

Tomato Gotsu or Thakkali Gotsu is an excellent side dish for idli/dosa. It is a very easy and quick fix sambar kind of side dish. When u run out of time, this can be made very quickly without much preparation work. Chotu is a big fan of hot, crispy dosa and sambar. I mostly make this tiffin sambar or this tiffin sambar. This Tomato Gotsu is a nice variation to it. Chotu calls this tomato sambar.

This pairs equally well with Ven Pongal too..

Now to the recipe…




[Preparation Time-10 mins : Cooking Time- 15 mins ]


  • Tomato – 4
  • Green chillies – 3 to 4
  • Onion – 1
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Cooked Toor Dal – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Idli/Dosa batter – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Coriander leaves – few





  • Heat a pan with water and add the tomatoes & slit green chillies. (Make a criss-cross on the tomatoes with a knife). The tomatoes will get cooked very quickly. U can see the skin peeling out. Switch off, let it cool. Once cooled discard the skin and mash with a fork or potato masher. Keep this aside.

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  • Heat a pan with oil and temper with mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and asafoetida. To this add finely chopped onions and saute until transparent. Now add the mashed tomato puree, salt and let it boil.

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  • Add cooked and mashed toor dal and a ladle of idli/dosa batter. Mix well and let it boil for a few minutes. U can see that the Tomato Gotsu will start thickening. Finally add fresh coriander leaves and switch off the flame.

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Thats it!! Tomato Gotsu / Thakkali Gotsu is ready!!

Serve hot with idli/dosa or ven pongal!!





  1. This Tomato Gotsu will be quite watery only. So do not expect to be as thick as the normal sambar.
  2. Asafoetida and coriander leaves are the stars of this recipe, so do not skip it.
  3. I have not used any chilli powder in this. The spiciness from green chillies is enough. U can reduce the amount of green chillies and add chilli powder too.
  4. Adding cooked toor dal is optional. Amma usually adds only idli/dosa batter as a thickening agent. It does give a unique taste.
  5. U can add a tbsp of rice flour mixed in some water to thicken the Tomato Gotsu too instead of adding idli/dosa batter.

11 comments to Tomato Gotsu – Thakkali Gotsu

  • amrita  says:

    healthy side dish

  • gayathri  says:

    yummy gotsu. Adding batter is new to me.

  • swathi  says:

    Thakkali gotsu looks delicious love to try it.

  • Traditionallymodernfood  says:

    My fav side dish with ven pongal.. Nice clicks..gotsu looks perfcet

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen  says:

    This is so delicious and healthy, Sundari! 🙂

  • marudhuskitchen  says:

    delicious yummy sambhar

  • Praba Bubesh  says:

    wow..drool worthy the addition of dosa batter..totally new and will try this for sure..

  • Sona  says:

    I just love tomato gothsu with idli and dosa.. Looks so tasty..

  • Robin maiti  says:

    Very good receipe thank you for sharing we can make at home and enjoy with our family.

  • Nalini Somayaji  says:

    nice and quick aromatic tomato gotsu…..

  • srividya  says:

    very easy and innovative recipe …

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