Chidambaram Kothsu

Chidambaram is not only famous for Natarajar temple and it is famous for this kothsu.It is a tangy and spicy gravy made with eggplant and freshly ground spices goes very well with idly,venpongal and arisi uppma.


Small round eggplant 6nos.
Onion(chopped) 1no.(medium size)
Tomato(chopped)1no.(medium size)
Tamarind paste2tsp
Turmeric powder1/2tsp
Mustard seeds1tsp
Urad dhal1tsp
Asafoetidaa pinch
Curry leaves2sprigs
Coriander leavesto garnish
Oilfor frying
Saltto taste

To roast and grind

Red chilly 4nos.
Coriander seeds 1tbs
Channa dhal 2tsp


                      Chop the eggplant to big chunks and pressure cook it with turmeric powder and a pinch of salt
for 4- 5 whistles,mash it.

Meanwhile dry roast the ingredients given to roast and grind it to a coarse powder.

Heat oil in a pan and season it with mustard seeds,urad dhal and red chilly.Add the onion,curry leaves,asafoetida and saute it for a minute and add the tomato,cook it  mushy.Now add the tamarind paste and mashed eggplant and allow it to boil till the raw smell goes off.

Finally add the ground powder and bring it to a boil and garnish it with coriander leaves.

Ready to enjoy with fluffy hot idly or pongal.

  • Fresh ground masala can be substituted with sambhar powder but tastes excellent with fresh masala.
  • Instead of pressure cook the egg plant, it can be grilled in the oven or stove

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brinjal kosthu is my fav..i love my grandma's recipe n your recipe made me nostalgic...looks so inviting to have with some hot idlis... bookmarked !!!

Love kothsu very much,i can have two more idlis with this tempting kothsu..

very flavorful and lovely recipe..yummy!

Pramadhama irrukku - want to sink my teeth into those soft idlis soaking it in the kotsu, ans licking off the dribbles that run down to my elbow :) hope that is visual enough for you - to express how yummy it looks :)

Looks very good..My grandma prepares this but I never ventured owing to my allergies!

Kothsu looks yummy even more better with those soft idlis.

The recipe is new to me..I think it's extremely delicious to have !

Very inviting kothsu. I love to have it with any variety rice...

i never tasted before but clicks r tempting me.I have idli batter n brinjal i am going to try right now.Thanks for sharing dear...

Hey, love the gothsu! Love the fact that you add "place" tags to your regional specials! Makes it exotic!

wow!!!!!looks awesome. Bookmarked

Hey, tried leaving a comment. Not sure f it came thru! So here goes again :) Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog. Bookmarked this one. Added you in my reader too. Looking forward to more recipe from you :)

Yesterday, I was making your recipe for idli and Dosa, came out nicely. My husband like it very much.........

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