Easy Tomato Onion Side Dish (Gojju)

I usually enjoy the drive back home from work sans the traffic of course. That is the time when I am done with the major grind of the day; away from the noise, tension, pressure, people etc. That is the time when I am by myself in the closed environment, surrounded my soft music feeling cozy with just the right temperature, not too warm or too cold. 

After falling into the everyday rhythm of driving and seeing the familiar surroundings, my thoughts about work fade away, the rough edges of the pressure, tension soothed by the music, my left brain function is put to rest and the right brain activity catches on. That is the time when my mind mentally goes over the stuff in the fridge, pantry and come up with a plan for dinner.

 There are days when I get ideas for easy and delicious dishes that I just cannot wait to get home to try out. There are many things to look forward to when I get home my family, my home and cooking. The drive home becomes so much pleasanter and all of a sudden shorter too.  

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  • 1 big onion

  • 3 medium tomatoes

  • 2-3 green chillies

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • Chilli powder

  • 4-5 curry leaves

  • Turmeric

  • Mustard

  • 2-3 tsps Rasam powder (optional)

  • Oil

  • Corriander leaves for garnishing

  • Salt to taste

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  • Chop the onions and tomatoes into small pieces and keep aside.

  • Crush the garlic and chop it into pieces.  Slit the green chillies into 2 halves as well.


  • Take a heavy bottom pan; add about 2 Tbsps of oil. Add mustard and let it splutter.

  • Add diced garlic, mix it well and let it turn brown. Then add curry leaves, green chillies and diced onions.

  •  After the onions are sautéed and turned transparent, add salt and turmeric and mix well.

  • Mix in the tomatoes and let it cook for a while on high heat. After the tomatoes are cooked and dried a bit, add the rasam powder, more oil and mix.

  • Finally garnish with chopped corriander leaves.

 Serve with Rotis/ phulkas or as an accompaniment with Rice.  

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  1. Asha says:

    You do love driving! I am opposite, I don’t want to sit in that car driving unless I have to!:D
    May be because I am cozy at home and I don’t want to go into the chaos. I do understand how you feel!
    Gojju looks delicious. Must taste good with dosas. I made Bihari dishes at FH this week!:)

  2. Happy cook says:

    Wow they looks super delicious. I saw the first pic and drool was in my mouth and then i was busy reading the recipe and then came to the last pic i had to take a hankey to wipe the drool which was comming…..
    I hope you are going to come out with much more of your drool dishes. I hope you are working six days in a week 🙂 so i can expect much more dishes from you :-)))))

  3. Vani says:

    I love gojjus and the tomato one goes with everything, doesn’t it?! Looks delicious! What we call thokku is almost like pickle but instead of chunky pieces like in a pickle, the main ingerdient (mango, tomato) is either chopped fine or minced.

  4. tiwi prikitiw says:

    yes with capathi.. i like indians food, it’s like familiar in my taste..
    In Indonesia here, my Indians friends introduce me many various delicious kind of foods. Hotel Sahid Jaya has exotic Indians resto, i was treat by my nice indians friends in my b’day.. that’s unforgotten.
    Light, traditional music, of course foods flown on table..
    o yeah happy diwali for all.. 🙂


  5. redchillies says:

    Thanks so much Asha. Sometimes I enjoy the peace and quiet. I will look at your Bihari cuisine.

    Gee thanks so much for your warm comments Happy Cook. You just made my day 🙂

    Thanks Rina. Hope you get a chance to try this.

    Thanks so much Madhu.

    Absolutely Vani, Gojjus are all time favorite. I agree with your observation. I have removed that Tokku part from the title 🙂

  6. redchillies says:

    Thanks Mansi.

    Thanks Sunita. I am sure you will not be disappointed if you try.

    Super Rajitha. Dosa it is for you then 🙂

    Thanks Sagari.

    Happy Diwali Tiwi and thanks for visiting.

    Thanks Lakshmi.

  7. Sirisha Kilambi says:

    Never made this gojju before red chillies…….Am sure it will be very tasty….will give this a try :-))
    Please don’t mind If I don’t comment the next few months as I would terribly busy with my academic work……Hope u understand dear….I will be back in no time 🙂

  8. Pravs says:

    My mom makes just with tomatoes, without onion..and that was so great with roti. This gojjus looks yum..can almost taste the tartness of tomatoes 🙂

  9. Priya says:

    Now that you have reminded me of my once fav dish, I don’t have a choice for tomorrow’s lunch ! I started work 3 weeks back RC, and same follows with driving, and I already enjoy the ride back. With that cup of coffee in mind and a vague menu idea floating, its really good ride back home 🙂

  10. Seema says:

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a great blog & Gojju looks simply De..licious! I was ready to eat it if only.. computer was little more real.. The days not far i guess.

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