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Mar 29, 2011

Gosthu / Moongdal Tomato Gosthu

          Gosthu is a very simple side dish for idly/dosa, Ven Pongal. My grandma used to make this tomato gosthu, brinjal gosthu, cabbage gosthu with or without moongdal. As love moongdal in my cooking i made it with Moongdal. She uses some spice powder for the gosthu but i totally forgot that, even my mom not able to recollect it so we use sambar powder. Even without sambar powder this moongdal tomato gosthu tastes yumm with idlis and dosa.

  1. Moongdal     1/2 cup
  2. Onion   1 large(finely chopped)
  3. Tomato   2 medium (finely chopped)
  4. Green chillies     6 no.s(or to taste) finely chopped
  5. Curry leaves    1 twig
  6. Sambar  powder     1 tsp
To temper
  1. Oil or sesame oil   2-3 tsp
  2. Urad dal    1 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds     1/2 tsp
  4. Hing powder    1/4 tsp

  • Pressure cook moongdal with a pinch of turmeric powder and enough water for 1-2 whistle ,mash it and keep aside.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a wok/vessel,add all the tempering ingredients and fry well.
  • Then add curry leaves,green chillies,onions and saute till onion get transparent.
  • After that add chopped tomatoes and fry well till it get soft.
  • Now add sambar powder and mix well and add cooked&mashed moongdal.
  • Add enough salt,little water and mix well(make it little thicker in consistency)
  • Allow to boil for sometime.
  • Once it starts boiling add some chopped coriander leaves and simmer for another 2 minutes.
  • Thats it the gosthu is ready to serve with hot idlies/dosa.


  1. looks too good.. perfect with idlis.. we call this as moong dhal sambar.. :)

  2. May be d name is different ..v call this as dal..

  3. Love this, I do the same and I use only green chillies, no sambar powder..


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