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



Ingredients:

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
Procedure:
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.

Tips:
The dal goes well with rice or roti.

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