Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Thotakura Pappu (Amaranth Leaves Dal)

Totakura Pappu (Amaranth/Collard Greens Dal)

With the advent of spring, there is an influx of fresh greens in the grocery stores, especially Methi, Spinach, Gogura and Thotakura.If the stars shine on you chances are you will find them in the grocery store, these get sold out right away. Yesterday found a fresh bunch of Thotakura.Thotakua or otherwise called Amaranth leaves/Colard leaves are reddish green in color and are used quite a bit in Andhra Pradesh, I remember growing up there would be these ladies from near by villages with baskets of leaves. They would give a bunch for a glass of rice ,it seems unbelievable but that true .Thotakura can be used to make dal, sabji, chutney/pachadi. One thing about this leafy vegetable is it takes more time to cook when compared to others.If the leaves are finely chopped this will help in cutting down cooking time.

1 bunch tothakura
1 big tomato
1/2 onion finely chopped
1 big tbsp of Sambar/rasam powder
1 tsp sugar
1 cup toor dal boiled and made into a fine paste
1 tsp haldi
Salt according to taste
For tadkha ( seasoning)

1 tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp jeera
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 Red chilies
8-10 curry leaves
8-10 garlic cloves sliced
1 tsp ginger

1. Take a pan, add 1 tbsp of oil, when hot add all the ingredients of Thadka
2. When mustard seeds start to splutter add onions and fry till translucent
3. Then add finely cut tomato fry a little
4. Add finely chopped Thotakura add 1/2 glass water, let it boil for about 5-6 minutes
5. When boiled add toor dal, sambar powder, haldi, salt and sugar
6. Mix well and boil for another 5 minutes
7. If wanted juice of 1/2 lemon can be added, however this is optional

Serve hot with rice or Phulka's ,in my case rice with leftover Tindora sabji from yesterday


Asha said...

I love Collard too,just make like a side dish.Dal looks so delicious and nutritious too.Thanks Sreelu.

swapna said...

Hi sreelu
U got a lovely blog many interesting recipes to try out..i loved the tindora version with coriander leaves.
I can't find thotakoora here.dal looks colorful.Picturse are beautiful.

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