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Jun 23, 2014

Chidambaram Gosthu

Chidambaram is very famous for its own popular dish “Gosthu”.  It is main dish for every marriage takes place in Chidambaram. This Gosthu is a main Prasadam in Chidambaram Nataraja Temple. They serve this Gosthu with Samba Sadam (Rice).

Tender small Brinjals        8  no.
Tamarind                        small lemon size
Turmeric powder              ¼ Tsp
Curry leaves                    few
Jaggery                          1 Tbsp.
Oil                                2 Tbsp.
Salt                               to taste.

For  Gosthu Powder

Oil                               1 Tsp.                                         
Grated Coconut              2 Tbsp
Coriander seeds             1 Tsp.
Chenna dal                    1 tsp
Urad dal                       1/2 tsp
Cumin seed                   ½ Tsp.
Red chilies                    3 no. 
Fenugreek seeds            a pinch.
 Asafetida powder            ½ Tsp.

  • Heat the pan and Fry the above in little oil till good smell comes cool it and make a powder.

For Seasonings
Ghee                             1 Tsp.
Mustard seeds                ½ Tsp.
Chenna dal                    ½ Tsp.
Urdh dal                         ½ Tsp.
Red chili                        1 no.    
Curry leaves                   few

  • Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the pulp.
  • Wash and cut the Brinjals into lengthwise. Keep aside.
  • Heat a oil in a pan,  add  curry leaves and chopped Brinjals and fry till its shrinks. Pour the tamarind extract and sprinkle 3-4 tsp of Gosthu podi.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, Asafetida powder into it  and boil it till the tamarind raw smell goes away. Gently smash the cooked Brinjals.
  • At this stage check the salt and spices, Add more if you need. 
  •  Lower the stove heat ,Add jaggery powder  and cook it for few more minutes.
  • Cook till oil floating on the top. Turn off the stove .
  • Heat a ghee in a pan, add all seasonings and fry it for a minute and pour it into the Gosthu.
  • Gosthu is best served with Arisi Upma, Dosa , Samba Rice and Pongal. 


  1. Great.. i love these kinda food stuffs.. thank yew ...

  2. Infact letme do it once and will post the feedback...thanks...Bharathkumar (Iyenghar's Kitchen)

  3. wow, a totally different way of making brinjals from what I normally cook. Will try this recipe.

  4. wow temping gosthu will try it soon :)

  5. Sadhana, I tried out the recipe but made a few changes. It turned out delicious and its a dish I will make again and again. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. Wow Mayuri, I saw your recipe.. It looks so yummy and mouthwatering. I loved it. Your recipe is better than mine. You know, I won't add onion and garlic in my recipes. Definitely onion lovers will love your recipe.Thanks for mentioning my name in your blog. Best wishes.

  6. My Father's native also chidambaram.... He is always telling about this recipe.. I


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