Onion Gotsu (4 Servings)

Onions  3 medium-sized

Tomatoes  4 medium-sized

Green chillies 2

Tamarind 2 scales

Jaggery  (shredde)d 1/2 tsp

Salt 1tsp

Chilli powder 3/4 tsp

Dhania powder 2/4 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp

Cooking oil 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Cilantro leaves finely chopped 1 tbsp

Ginger (grated) 1 tsp

Cut the onions and tomatoes finely. Also soak the tamarind scales in about 4 tbsp of hot water.

Heat oil  in a frying pan and let the cumin seeds splutter in the hot oil. Add the onion and saute till the color  starts changing. Add the slit chillies and ginger and saute for a minute or so. Add the tomatoes and saute a little. Add the turmeric powder, dhania powder, chili powder and salt and stir well.  Extract a thick pulp of tamarind and add to the mix. Add about a cup of water and the jaggery piece and cook on slow fire till done. Garnish with the cilantro leaves and serve with Parathas or  venn pongal.

Cooking Tip: In case the gotsu looks watery, it can be thickened by adding a paste of besan/cornflour. Mix a tsp of besan ot cornflour in 3tbsp of cold water to make a lumpless paste.