JFI Entry for July: Onion Kothsu

The entry for this month to Jhiva For Ingredients is Onion Kothsu. I Thank Sig for hosting and choosing a wonderful ingredient.

Tamarind is an indispensable ingredient in South Indian cuisine. I make it a point to use tamarind in most of my dishes and I am very happy to participate in this event this month as tamarind is my favourite ingredient.


  • 100gms of small onion
  • A lime sized tamarind
  • One green chilli
  • Few curry leaves
  • Salt as required
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida(Hing)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

For seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp channa dal
  • 11/2 tsp cooking oil

For dry roast

  • One tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 red chillies


  1. In a Kadai, fry sesame seeds, fenugreek seeds and red chillies without oil till it becomes red.
  2. Allow it to cool and grind it in the mixer coarsely.
  3. Peel off the skin from the onion.
  4. Cut green chilli into fine pieces.
  5. In a frying pan put oil.
  6. Add Mustard, urad dal and channa dal. Let it splutter.
  7. Add onion, green chilli, curry leaves, hing and turmeric powder.
  8. Fry for 5 minutes.
  9. Add tamarind extract and salt.
  10. Cook till the raw smell of tamarind disappears.
  11. Add the ground powder and boil for 5 minutes.
  12. Serve hot with kichidi, upma and rotis.

5 Responses to JFI Entry for July: Onion Kothsu

  1. Sig says:

    That is a great dish to feature Tamarind.. Thank you for this entry Sharadha!

  2. Sonali says:

    Looks like an interesting and yummy dish aunty!!Shall try it soon.

  3. Lakshmi says:

    You have a wonderful blog and I loved all recipes of sprouts. We make sprouted green gram kosambari (a salad) which I will be posting soon. You may want to add to your list.

  4. Sharadha says:

    Hi Lakshmi,
    Thanks for your comment.I will be happy to add in my list as soon as you post.

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