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Onion gotsu recipe

Onion Gotsu recipe – Vengaya Gothsu recipe – South Indian style gotsu recipe with detailed step-by-step pictures and full video

Today I am sharing one of my favorite dishes, made with shallots, from my mom’s kitchen which we enjoyed during our childhood days, with hot idlis and dosas.  I still remember my mom keeps on making hot dosa and, my sister and my father used to relish them sitting on the floor in the kitchen and we will feed our mom also in between. When I was typing the title the entire scene came to my mind. 

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Onion Gotsu recipe

South Indian style side dish for Idli, dosa and ven pongal
Course Accompaniments
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Side dish for Idli dosa, South Indian breakfast recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3
Author Jeyashri suresh


  • 1 cup sliced small onions
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 red chili
  • 1/2 tbsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 cup thin tamarind extract
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Sambar powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 pinches asafoetida
  • 1/4 cup Cooked moong dal
  • Water as needed
  • Salt as needed


  • In a pan add 3 tsp oil and add the mustard seeds, urad dal, red chili and chana dal.
  • Once the dal turns golden brown, add 1 cup sliced onions. Use small onions for making this gotsu.
  • Add little salt and cook the onions till translucent.
  • Now add 1 cup of thin tamarind extract, I soaked a small gooseberry sized tamarind in water and extracted the juice.
  • Add the turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt and asafoetida to this.
  • Mix well and boil this for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the cooked moong dal to this.
  • Add 1 cup of water to adjust the consistency.
  • Mix well and boil this for 3 minutes.
  • Add few curry leaves.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Onion gotsu is ready to serve.
  • Serve with Idli, dosai or Venpongal too.


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  1. You can add a tiny piece of jaggery towards the end to balance the taste. 
  2. A small tomato can be added after sauteeing the onions while making the Onion Gotsu | Vengaya kotsu 


  • Peel the skin of the shallots and slice them.
  • In a pan add the oil and throw in the mustard seeds, urad dhal, channa dal, red chili, and asfoetida.
  • When the mustard splutters and the dhal turns brown add the onions.
  • Saute till the onions turn pink.
  • Now add the tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric powder, and salt.
  • Allow it to boil in a low flame for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cooked moong dal to this and 1 cup of water. Mix well
  • Boil for 3 minutes.Garnish with curry leaves.
  • Serve hot.


  1. You can add a small piece of jaggery in the last, just before switching off.
  2. Chopped tomato can be added after the onions are cooked.

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  1. Lovely gotsu. I am really imagine the scene that you have narated and can also relate it to my days with mom too 🙂 yummy dish and your pics have become way professional. Looks damn tempting 🙂

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