Monday, April 27, 2009

Kathirikkai Kosthu/Kothsu

Kathirikkai Kosthu or Kothsu,this side dish is very famous in Chidambaram, Mayavaram and also in Tanjore district, its a special dish in certain communites around Tanjore district..Its a tangy n spicy side dish made with brinjal n tamarind paste. Very good side dish with dosais, Idlies..This is one of my grandma's signature dish..There are various way to prepare this delicious kosthu, which is one of the traditional tamilian side dish for their morning breakfast, this is how my grandma, my mom used to prepare..

1+1/2cups Brinjal pieces
1no Tamarind (berry size)
1no Onion(chopped)
1/4tsp Mustard seed
1/2 tsp Urad dal
1/2tsp Channa dal
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tsp Oil
3 nos Curry leaves
2tbsp Cilantro leaves(chopped

To Grind:

3 nos Red chilli
2 tsp Coriander seeds
1tsp Moong dal
2tbsp Grated coconut

Cook the brinjal pieces in pressure cooker r in a pan with 1/4 cup of water if its in pressure cooker, else add little more water if u r cooking them in pan, until they cook well..grind them without extracting the water in food processor coarsely..keep aside. Grind all the ingredients under the list 'To grind' into a coarse powder..

Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, channa dal n urad dal, let them splutters..saute the onions until it turns transculent..extract the tamarind juice from the tamarind and keep aside.. once the onions r transculent add the tamarind juice and turmeric powder,let them boil until the raw smell disappears,add the brinjal puree n roasted spices to the tamarind mix..keep the flame in simmer once u add brinjal puree, add salt, curry leaves and cilantro leaves, stir them occasionally...Kathirikkai kosthu shouldnt be neither like sambar n nor like chutney..dont cook a long they may turn easily as chutney, so that its will tastes sour..

Delicious Brinjal Kothsu is ready!

Am sending this traditional side dish to South Indies by Deesha of Vegetable Platter, she is asking all her blogger friends to send south indian dishes where she is going to showcasing recipes from 4 Southern States...


  1. wow.. nice entry priya.. my fav dish.. nice click.. sappita varalama???

  2. Wow priya brinjal curry looks delicious, thats a very different way i will definately try this, thanks for sharing dear :)

  3. Looks great Priya..superb entry..

  4. wow, i love brinjals, kosthu is my favourite, ours is slightly different:)

  5. Hi Priya,
    love the brinjal kosthu...yummm with dosas and idlis. Nice entry for the event.

  6. Priya Kosthu looks very nice and lipsmacking tangy and the color make me want it more...

  7. kothsu looks lovely..will surely try this way of preparing kotsu

  8. Something new to me.....Looks yum.....

  9. Looks lovely and delicious Priya.

  10. Brinjal kothsu looks delicious! Very good side dish for idli and dosai!:P

  11. Kothsu looks so delicious Priya! Lovley combination with idlis and crispy dosas :)

  12. Looks yummy Priya..New to me..Nice entry..

  13. Mouthwatering dish, love it! :)

  14. priya so beautiful hedder first I thought some other blog and again i i realise it s your s so beautiful it looks priya and Kosthu is my fav with pongal yummmm nice click

  15. Very tempting, looks delicious with dosa. nice entry too..

  16. Kathirikai kothsu is my fav too but have a diff recipe... Will try yours too Priya, looks very inviting! :)

  17. looks very curious to know how it tastes with dosas!! :)

  18. priya, ur kothsu is diff and yum. more than ur gothsu i'm staring at the looks soooo spongy :D

  19. Love anything with eggplants! Must be so good with those dosas ..

  20. Ada!Enga ooru item ah! Kosthu looks so yumm and perfect..


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