January 17, 2012

Thotakura Pappu (Amaranth leaves dal)

This recipe is from September of last year. I made this dish with thotakura/ amaranth greens that I harvested from my little container garden, took pictures and after a very emotional and whirlwind India trip completely forgot about it. I thought I’ll clear my drafts before moving ahead with the New Year. 

I planted thotakura seeds in my container garden last summer (it seems so long ago) and got decent harvest. 


Ingredients:
Toor dal (Red gram dal) – 1 cup
Thotakura (Amaranth leaves) – 2-3 cups, finely chopped
Onion – 1 small, chopped
Tomatoes - 2, chopped
Green chilies – 3, slit
Garlic – 2 pods, minced
Tamarind paste – 1tbsp
Salt – to taste

For tempering:
Mustard seeds – 1tsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp
Red chili – 1, broken
Curry leaves – 8

Method:
  • Cook the lentils until very soft and mushy. 
  • In a medium saucepan, heat 2tsp oil and add all the tempering ingredients. Once the seeds start to splutter, add onions and green chilies. Cook until onion starts to turn translucent. 
  • Add the chopped greens, cover and cook until they wilt and cooked through.
  • Add tomatoes, tamarind paste and salt, cook for another 5 minutes or until tomatoes turn mushy. 
  • Stir in cooked lentils and ½ - 1 cup of water (depending on the desired consistency) and simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with steamed rice and a curry for a complete meal.
 


I’m sending this dal over to MLLA-43rd Edition being guest hosted by Claire @ Chez Cayenne.
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10 comments:

  1. My all time favorite dal combo...looks drool worthy...

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  2. I too make one similar to this. will try ur version :)nice click !!

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  3. Super comforting dal,loving it.

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  4. I love this dal too ....looks fab

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  5. yummm love to have this with hot steamed rice and avakai ummm.. beautiful click...Pavani

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  6. yummm love to have this with hot steamed rice and avakai ummm.. beautiful click...Pavani

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  7. Love the click .. and the dish looks inviting. The only green I get is spinach :) ..

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  8. thats so nice, u grow ur own greens? must have been so fresh & tasty :) dal looks wholesome & healthy

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