Kosthu is the simple version of dal curry ,most enjoyed with pongal..I havent heard of this dish in chennai,I think even if they make,they call it sambar….I make pongal every saturday and a good share of pongal with generous amount of ghee will be offered to god(mr.perumal)..The dish is made with moong dal with 4-5 vegetables , smashed and done with the aromatic seasonal 🙂


Moong dal/pasi paruppu-100 grams

Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp



Green chillies– 2-3


Small Brinjal-1



To season/thalippu

Mustard-1 tsp

Urad dal-1 tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil-3 tsps

Asafoetida-a pinch

Red chillies-2-3

Curry leaves-a few


1.Cut all the vegetables including onion and tomato and set aside

 2.Wash the moong dal in pressure cooker and add turmeric, salt and a cup of water

 3.Add the vegetables and green chillies, stir and then pressure cook for 3 whistles 

4.When it is still hot, smash the dal and vegetables and then add a cup of water

5.In a kadai, pour oil, fry the mustard until it splatters, add urad dal, cumin, curry leaves and red chillies..Fry it for 2-3 minutes and then add it to the kosthu.

For kosthu, we dont add sambar powder, otherwise you know what it would be called..If you dont have pressure cooker, you can cook the dal to 3/4th and then add vegetables, salt and tumeric..Cook it until you can smash it well and then do the seasoning..You can make either ways..The carrot, potato and brinjal is the must combination to make this kosthu..


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