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easy pongal gotsu
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Easy pongal gotsu recipe

Easy pongal gotsu, without any special spice powder, just green chilli for spice. Step by step photos.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


  • 3 Brinjal small
  • 1 Potato
  • 1 Carrot small
  • 1 Onion
  • ½ cup Moong dal / paasi paruppu
  • 4 green chilli
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric optional
  • 2 tsp Coconut oil
  • Salt - As needed
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped

To temper

  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard - ¾ tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Jeera/ cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  • Pressure cook dal for 3 whistles with enough water. We usually do not mash the dal for this gotsu, if you want you can. But my mom says we should cook without mashing it for a nice texture and flavor.
  • Meanwhile, chop finely onion and other veggies. Carrot very fine, potato chop finely and brinjal can be little bigger comparatively.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and temper with the items given under to temper table. Add onion, green chillies and fry till transparent.
  • Add the chopped veggies and add little salt. Cook in medium flame for 2 minutes.
  • Add dal, 2 to 2 & ½ cups of water, turmeric if adding and required salt and bring to boil.
  • Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the desired consistency is reached.
  • More or less a sambar consistency. My mom makes it watery too. Garish with the coriander leaves, coconut oil and switch off the stove.


  • Some moong dal give so much volume after cooking, so use lesser when its a bigger variety.
  • Mine is very tiny grown in our relatives fields and cooks at no time. Gives less volume though.