Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kathrikai Gosthu (Eggplant in Tomato Sauce)


Remember this story of pongal and first love? Well, I clean forgot to post the gosthu which went with that pongal. Its only when SIL reminded me about it and asked me to make it for the whole family two weeks back when we were together for Diwali, that I decided to come back and post it.

I am definitely going to make this more often - even my usually pernickety family (Dad can tell which ingredient is missing in Mom's rasam just by smelling it when its cooking!) loved it. My brother, when I tried to serve him the gothsu, sniffed and said he "preferred" his ven pongal with coconut chutney - if not anything, we are definitely food snobs that way! But after hearing my Dad raving about it, he finally tried it and then ended up polishing it off completely!

The base recipe is from Suganya's Tasty Palette and I have adapted it to our taste. I didn't use the freshly ground masala and instead used Sambar powder. I, however, sauteed the sambar powder in oil along with the brinjals and other vegetables first, before adding the tamarind extract and boiling. Once the vegetables were half cooked, I added the tamarind pulp - else, I find, the vegetables take a longer time to cook if the souring agent is added beforehand. I omitted the jaggery as well since we usually prefer savoury flavours for breakfast. The moong dal and potatoes mean that the curry thickens up nicely and doesn't need gram flour.





This is going to Nupur's Blog Bites #9 - The Holiday Buffet - the potluck edition which goes on till December - can't wait to see the entries for this one !

14 comments:

Nupur said...

Ha ha loved the story of how your brother was won over! Thanks for a most delicious entry :)

Bong Mom said...

Ok, I think this might be the eggplant dish I really loved at the B'lore cafeteria. I have never had it exactly that way ever. It is tangy right ?
But where is your recipe ?

Priya said...

My all fav kathrikai gosthu..very tempting..

Apu said...

Yumm!! That looks super.

Padhu said...

So delicious!! Drop by
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Anita said...

Last time my ven pongal was a bit rushed so I skipped the gosthu. Now that I know sambar podi can come to the rescue I will make this combo!

nina said...

can't get this out of my head ever since i saw it on FB ...will be a must eat as soon as i'm able to eat non mushy foods

Miri said...

Anita - sambar podi works fine....and you could even boil the veggies separately while the eggplant and tamarind are simmering away and the process will be faster.

Nina - I thought with a sore throat, mushy foods would be better for you??

Miri said...

Sandeepa - have mailed you the recipe I used. Since it was Blog Bites, I just linked to the original...

Arch said...

I've heard a lot about this, but dont remember tasting it...must make it sometime...I remember you made this really yum brinjal dish when you visited long back in bangalore...that was really tangy, not sure if it was this one...

Miri said...

Hmmm....I wonder what that was....I don't even remember now Arch!

Cham said...

I am like ur brother-Pongal with chutney. But Gosthu marry well with Pongal!

Chanchal said...

Even I use sambar podi in some dishes other than sambar..it makes the dish rich.. nice post..

Chanchal
RecipeRaaga.com

Nithu Bala said...

Kosthu is my favourite..I have another version in my blog..try to check that also..
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