Thotakura Pappu recipe

Thotakura Amaranthus Pappu Recipe

Thotakura pappu, a Andhra cuisine, is simple delicious dal recipe. Amaranth leaves tur dal is easy to make and tasty. Andhra style thotakura pappu recipe.

Being my favourite, my menu contains leafy vegetables almost every day. I have a mini garden of most of the greens in my balcony. Organic in the source, my garden provides me with abundant nutrition rid of all the harmful, toxic pesticide content.

I personally suggest everybody have a vegetable garden of their own. I know it is difficult in the city, to even think of a garden.

But with my experience, I can say, it is difficult but not impossible.

Thotakura Amaranth – A Miracle Leaf?

A must in everyday diet, greens can be grown in a small pot in your back yard or in your balcony and won’t occupy much space. Nowadays, it is hard to find any vegetable or fruit free from pesticides.

So, why not grow our own organic greens and incorporate the freshness of them to our diet.

Thotakura / amaranth is one of the abundant green leafy vegetables found here in India. Thotakura pappu or dal of amaranth is one of the common and famous dishes in Andhra Pradesh.

Rich in vitamins like A, C and folic acid and minerals like calcium, potassium, it is, of course, a wonder food.

Many of us are not aware of the fact that it is the cheapest source of omega- 3 and omega -6 fatty acids available throughout the year. I call it a miracle leaf as it is inexpensive, abundant with minerals and vitamins.

Thotakura Pappu Recipe

Serve thotakura pappu hot with rice, ghee, papad or any stir fry and it is for sure a heavenly bliss.

step by step making of thotakura Pappu (తోటకూర పప్పు) or amaranth leaves dal recipe or chaulai daal:

Serve thotakura pappu hot with rice, ghee, papad or any stir fry and it is for sure a heavenly bliss.

Recipe Type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Telugu Cuisine
Author: Cherie
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 5

Ingredients

  • Finely chopped Thotakura – 1cup
  • Chopped Tomatoes – 2
  • Toor dal/ yellow lentil – 2 cups
  • Onion – 1 medium
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tbsp or Squeezed tamarind juice- 2 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For tempering:
  • Hing – pinch
  • Garlic pods -4
  • Urad dal – ½ tsp
  • Mustard – ½ tsp
  • Jeera – ½ tsp
  • Red chillies – 2
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Oil/ghee – 2 tsp

Instructions (తోటకూర పప్పు తయారీ విధానం):

  1. Wash toor dal thoroughly. Transfer it to a pressure cooker (preferably small cooker) and add water. Generally, it is 2 cups or little more for 1 cup of dal.
  2. Wash the amaranth thoroughly with water and a little salt, so as to remove the pesticide content on the amaranth. Remember greens are the on top in the list of vegetables with high pesticide content. Chop it finely and transfer it to the cooker.
  3. Add all the ingredients except salt and tamarind paste and pressure cook it.
  4. Once the steam is released, mash the dal well with a masher.
  5. Add the tamarind paste and salt and a little water. Mix well and bring it to boil.
  6. Turn off the flame and temper it.

Notes

* Soak the lentils at least for ½ hour before you cook. This will make the dal tender, soft and well cooked.

** A little more than 2 cups of amaranth if you wish to will do no harm, as it is always good to eat more leafy vegetables.

*** Try adding dry mango slices as an alternative to tomato. This will bring an irresistibly tangy taste to your dal. The sourness of mango will make you rediscover the taste of the season.

**** Though I have mentioned oil as a substitute for ghee, I personally prefer to temper any dal with ghee as the flavour of the tempering will incomparably refresh the taste.

Thotakura Pappu recipe

Amaranth Thotakura Pappu Recipe

Cherie
Thotakura pappu, a Andhra cuisine, is simple delicious dal recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine andhra, Indian
Servings 5 people
Calories 251 kcal

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Thotakura/amaranth leaves finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups Toor dal/ yellow lentil
  • 1 Onion medium-sized
  • 3 Green chillies
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste Squeezed tamarind juice - 2 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • Salt - as per taste

For Tempering:

  • Pinch Hing
  • 4 Garlic pods
  • ½ tsp Urad dal
  • ½ tsp Mustard
  •  ½ tsp Jeera
  • 2 Red chillies 
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 2 tsp Oil/ ghee

Instructions
 

  • Wash toor dal thoroughly. Transfer it to a pressure cooker (preferably small cooker) and add water. Generally, it is 2 cups or little more for 1 cup of dal.
  • Wash the amaranth thoroughly with water and a little salt, so as to remove the pesticide content on the amaranth. Remember greens are the on top in the list of vegetables with high pesticide content. Chop it finely and transfer it to the cooker.
  • Add all the ingredients except salt and tamarind paste and pressure cook it.
  • Once the steam is released, mash the dal well with a masher.
  • Add the tamarind paste and salt and a little water. Mix well and bring it to boil.
  • Turn off the flame and temper it.

Notes

* Soak the lentils at least for ½ hour before you cook. This will make the dal tender, soft and well cooked.
** A little more than 2 cups of amaranth if you wish to will do no harm, as it is always good to eat more leafy vegetables.
*** Try adding dry mango slices as an alternative to tomato. This will bring an irresistibly tangy taste to your dal. The sourness of mango will make you rediscover the taste of the season.
**** Though, I have mentioned oil as a substitute for ghee, I personally prefer to temper any dal with ghee as the flavour of the tempering will incomparably refresh the taste.
Keyword amaranth recipes, andhra special, chaulai dal, red amaranth

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1 thought on “Thotakura Amaranthus Pappu Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I love cooking repertoire, testing them out with my family and approved. As always, I would love to see how these simple and easy recipes take shape in your kitchens.

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