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Onion Gostu - Simple side dish for idli, dosa, pongal

I love onion esp small onions. My mum uses a lot of small onions. But I do it only if I have alternative for my 1st son. He is ok with grinded one. Most north Indian side dishes are ok with grinded onion tomato paste. But some of the South Indian dishes tastes nice only if you use full onion. This is one such dish. There are 2 different ways you can do Onion gostu or Chettinad Onion Gostu. My cousin always does chettinad version which I will post soon. I seldom do it because of coconut in it. But it can go well with even roti / chappathi also.  Now over to recipe

Small Onion / Shallots - 1.5 cup (slice them into bigger junks) If you want you can replace with red / white onion. I find small onion tastes better
Moong dhal / Pasi Paruppu - 1/4 cup
Tamarind Paste - 3 tablespoon (thick)
Oil - 3 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Sambar powder - 1 teaspoon
Green chillies - 2 (slit them into 2)
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 /2 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1/2 teaspoon
Chana dhal / bengal gram dhal - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 10-15 leaves
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)


Cook moong dal with water and turmeric powder. Keep it aside. I have used pressure cooker till one whistle you can cook it with lid closed also
Heat the pan. Add oil. When it is hot add mustard seeds, urad dhal, Chana dal, curry leaves and cumin seeds. Let mustard seeds pop. Add onion and fry till they are soft. Add sambar powder, Salt and tamarind water. Add cooked dhal and enough water.
Let it boil and add coriander leaves. Switch off flame
Serve hot
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  1. Oooo yummy curry, love anything withsmall onion...we make something similar but icoconut add thickness instead of channa and urad dal. This one sounds easier.I am bookmarking it.

  2. We too make a similar one. Love it !

  3. Love this with idlis, yumm..

  4. Gostu looks similar to my dhal recipe .Looks so attractive and appetizing .

  5. Looks yummy .. will try it sometime soon.

  6. Looks recipe for me, love it!!

  7. small onion is not available,once i get that i will definitely try this one

  8. Gotsu looks inviting,wish to have with pongal !!

  9. My fav side dish for crispy dosas,mouthwatering here.


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