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Pongal cakes in a pool of sweet potato gotsu in white plate.
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Sweet Potato Gotsu

Sweet Potato Gotsu is a delicious stew of sweet potatoes with lentils flavored with south Indian spices.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Curry
Cuisine: Tamil
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 121kcal


  • ½ cup moong dal
  • 2 sweet potatoes , chopped into ½-inch dice
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
  • 3 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon rasam powder
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 green chilli peppers (like jalapeno)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat 1 teaspoon of oil and add the onions.
  • Stir-fry until the onions start to soften, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the curry leaves, tomatoes and sweet potatoes and stir. Add the ginger, green chillies, and rasam powder and stir together for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the mung dal and stir well. Now add enough water to cover the dal, season with some salt, and  pressure cook or let it cook on the stovetop until the dal and vegetables are really soft.
  • Mash the dal with the back of a ladle. Add water if the mixture is too dry.
  • Heat the remaining teaspoon of oil and add the mustard seeds. When they sputter, add the curry leaves. Stir for a few seconds and then add this tempering (or tadka) to the dal mixture.
  • Add more salt if needed. Serve hot.


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8435IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg