Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thotakura stir-fry(Amaranth leaves stir-fry)

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In Andhra,Amaranth leaves/thotakura is used in making dal's and palya's like thotakura pesarapappu podi kura and simple stir-fry.Amaranth leaves are considered to have more iron content than spinach and so I try include these greens in my regular diet.I like the crunchiness of onions in this stir fry as the greens are prior cooked and are mixed with the fried onions and tadka which makes a very nice combination with rice.Here comes the simple recipe of thotakura stir fry.

Ingredients:

1 big bunch of amaranth leaves(Thotakura/chauli)
1 big Onion,sliced

2 tbsp chana dal,soaked in water for 1/2 hr

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

a pinch of haldi
1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp jeera
1 tsp split urad dal
1 red chili,broken
2 garlic pods,sliced and crushed slightly
a sprig of curry leaves
salt to taste
oil


Method:
  • Clean the amarnath leaves and wash them properly and soak it in salted water for 8-10 mins.Remove and drain to remove excess water(reserve this water for making dal).Chop the leaves finely along with tender stalks.
  • In a vessel take 1 cup of water and boil it and add chana dal and cook for 5-6mins until soft.
  • Add chopped amarnath leaves to it and continue cooking for 4-5 mins.Add a tsp of sugar while cooking greens which helps in retaining the color.Do not even cover it with lid,keep it open while cooking.Strain and squeeze the greens to remove excess water.
  • Heat oil in a kadai crackle mustard seeds,jeera and fry urad dal,red chili,crushed garlic pods,curry leaves and then add onions and fry for few mins until onions turn pink and crisp(add a pinch of sugar while frying onions).
  • Now add haldi,chana dal to it and fry for a minute.Add strained amarnath leaves to it and fry for a couple of mins.
  • Add red chilli powder,coriander powder and enough salt to it and mix properly.cook for a couple of mins and remove from flame.
Serve it with hot steaming rice,dal/rasam and papad.

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44 comments:

Kanchan said...

I truly need these green veggies recipes, I have been repeating the common veggies for long now. Will surely try out !

KavyaNaimish said...

I Usually add moongdal/toordal but never tried with Chennadal...looking yummy...

Priya said...

Just love simple stir fries, Amarnath leaves stir fry looks gorgeous and delicious Prathy.

Nandini said...

Healthy greens! Lovely snap! One of our regular dish Prathy.

Ramya Kiran said...

This one is my fav. I used to love it when my mom prepared this. Yours looks delicious.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

I dont know this leaf. What is it called in Hindi ? But yours looks so yum...

Sushma Mallya said...

Healthy one pratibha...Nice click as usual....

chakhlere said...

omg!! i love this dish so much!! pls pass that plate here...yummmmm!!

Sarah Naveen said...

Delicious!!
Congrats on the awards dear..

Gita said...

Thats a delicious and comforting meal Prathibha...congrats on all your awards :)

Padma said...

Simple and delicious stir fry Prathibha...

Cham said...

Stir fry and hot steamed rice, well i can finnish without fuss :)

Happy cook said...

Wish i got thses greens here, yummy and delcious.

Shri said...

Lovely Pratibha!Is is Gongura?Excuse me for the ignorance:DNot quite sure what it is...Would love to try it!

Pavani said...

Thats a delicious way of cooking greens. Sounds delicious. Must try.

rekhas kitchen said...

nice and simple but very delicious and healthy recipe Prathibha. very beautiful click.

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy recipe...please do participate in my first cooked food event...do check my blog for details

my kitchen said...

Nice click & Thotakura looks delicious.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Delicious & simple comfort meal.

Sree... said...

Wow..What a lovely pic..very healthy
dish

munchcrunchandsuch said...

simple comfort food at its best.

Uma said...

mmm. my fav. kind of koora. looks so yummy and healthy :)

Varsha Vipins said...

What a great combo Prathy..dal n this fry goes so well..I make the same sometimes..:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,wat a picture prathiba! Both of them looks so calming!

And we make this with moongdal,channa dal is new to me! Sounds and looks good!

vidhas said...

Lovley spread, looks inviting.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...i love this simple fry....looks yummy....Congrats on the awards...

Pavithra said...

Wow the meal is looking gorgeous. Thats really healthy and comforting meal.. Congrats on all your award dearie..Wish You will get many more like this. Keep rocking.

Sree vidya said...

yummy
brilliant green colour.
I don't get them here :(

jeyashrisuresh said...

excellent picture. I have heard about this keerai,but never attempted to buy this.
The receipe looks yum

Ashwini said...

nice and easy recipe!!!

Sireesha said...

Looks appetizing and temtpting dear:)

Sush said...

dish is beautifully captured. Anybody can get easily tempted by such droolworthy pictures. Great job Prathibha.

Sujatha said...

Greens look perfect and delicious, I don't amaranth leaves in my place.. I hope I can do this same dish with any regular spinach too...

Renu said...

the dish looks yummy...wonder if I can get Amaranth in the USA?

Raje said...

Gorgeous meal and lovely pictures!

Bhawna said...

Have heard a lot about amarnath leaves. But never ever tried out myself...really curious to cook now. ur pictures are gettin delicious and yummy day by day.

Divya Vikram said...

Sounds comforting with the dhall and rice!

Valarmathi said...

Looks healthy and yummy. Nice presentation.

Varunavi said...

Simple and delicious fry

Red Chillies said...

I love the combination of greens, onions and chana daal. For me this along with yogurt rice is comfort food at its best.

Ambika said...

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LG said...

Soppina Palya is always a delicious treat with dal and rice. Looks yummy!

Sonu said...

Your food is feast for eyes. Look lovely. :)

Akal's Saappadu said...

what a lovely spread, nutritious, wxell balanced (both in nutriments and colour), and ready to be relished ; lovely!!

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