Thotakura Pappu -Amaranth with Lentils

Totakura is also called as amaranth/Chauli.This is a Lentil preparation using the amaranthus leaves and tempered with spices.

Preparation time 30 minutes 
Serves 2 cups of dal
Serving Size 1/4 cup dal
Calories Per Serving Approximately 169 per serving
Difficulty Medium


1 cup Masoor Dal
4 cups tightly thotakura leaves
1 medium onion chopped
8 green chillies slit lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon of tamarind paste
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 red chillies split into two pieces
5 garlic cloves
1 curry leaves stem
1 pinch asafetida
1. In a pressure cooker add onions,green chili, thotakura and lentils, salt and tamarind and add 3 cups water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles and turn off the stove. The dal should be slightly thicker and not flowy.

2.Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and let them splutter.

3.Add the curry leaves, garlic, red chillies and hing and let curry leaves splutter.

The dal goes well with rice or roti.


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