Monday, September 26, 2011

Thotakura Kaadala Pulusu | Amaranth Stems Stew

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One of my cousins recently visited my place and she brought few yummy goodies from her home town and these amaranth stems are one of those goodies and they are also freshly plucked from her garden. When she gave them to me I really had no clue what to make with it and then I got the recipe from her to make this stew.Those stems sat in fridge for two days and started to wilt a bit that is when it caught my attention to make the stew immediately.I have paired it with simple potato fry and papad and I must say it was a simple home style meal and is perfect for a lunch.The amaranth stems were so tender to bite in and they also added nice flavor to the stew.The one's she brought were quite big almost the size of drumsticks and they are not easily available everywhere until and unless you have your own amaranth plant,if you do not get them just replace them with the small tender stalks of amaranth leaves(after the leaves plucked) which we get in market.
Thotakura Kadala Pulusu Recipe:(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

10-12 thick Amaranth stems
1 medium Onion,finely chopped
2 Garlic pods,crushed
2 Green chillies,slit
1 amla sized Tamarind
1 tbsp grated Jaggery
1 tbsp Rice flour
1/2 tsp Rasam powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Oil
Salt to taste

for tadka:
1 tsp Oil/Ghee
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2-3 Red chillies
a sprig of Curry leaves
a fat pinch of Hing

Method:
  • Remove/Peel the outer layer of those thick amaranth stems like how we do for drumsticks.Cut them into 1-2" long pieces.
  • Soak tamarind in water and extract pulp and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add green chillies and crushed garlic and fry well.
  • Add chopped onions and fry until they turn pink.
  • Add the chopped amaranth stems and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add tamarind pulp and a cup of water,turmeric powder and salt and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Once the pressure drops,switch on the flame again and add jaggery,rasam powder and boil it.
  • Mix rice flour with 2-3 tsp water and add it to the boiling stew and let it boil until it slightly thickens.Taste the stew and adjust the salt,sweetness and spicyness according to your taste buds.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a small tadka pan and crackle mustard seeds and add red chillies,curry leaves and hing and fry for half minute and add this to stew and boil for 2-3 mins.
Serve it hot with hot rice,ghee,papad and some fry.I served it with alu fry and papad.

Notes:
  1. In general cooked amaranth stems are tender and soft to eat,if it is hard then just chew them like how we do for drumsticks.
  2. Addition of rasam powder is optional but it gives nice flavor,if you do not have it use coriander powder instead.
  3. For a Vegan version use oil instead of ghee in the recipe.

43 comments:

Neetz said...

that looks awesome!! slurp!

Priti said...

That meal looks so perfect ..I never had this and your are tempting me

Rekha shoban said...

interesting stew...really new to me!!nice click dear!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow very interesting stew dear,love this recipe...tempting me to try,luks delicious.

Aruna Manikandan said...

sounds interesting and new to me...
looks healthy and delicious :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Sounds new to me....healthy and interesting recipe

Priyanka Agrawal said...

mmmmm mujhe bhi chahiye!

Raji said...

This is a lovely stew recipe...never had this but it sure is tempting.

Chandrani said...

Stew looks tasty..

Pushpa said...

Drools,looks very yummy..

Tina said...

fabulous...

Priya said...

Stew looks fabulous and quite inviting..We do sambar with this stems..

sanjeeta kk said...

Have never cooked this stem..will try.

Sudha Sabarish said...

That's a healthy one and love it to the core.Perfect for lunch box.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

We too cook stem, we add in sambar.. This one sounds quite interesting...Lovely pictures, very neat presentation!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Lovely warm stew, nice presentation too...

Radhika said...

We call this thanddu Keerai. We add it in sambars and clicks look so yumm.

jeyashrisuresh said...

we make morkootu with the stem and this pulusu is quite tempting.nicely presented and clicked

aipi said...

Sounds so homey n comfy ~ delicious pics!
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divya said...

looks absolutely inviting,drool-worthy and super tempting..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Colorful and droolworthy stew!
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Kaveri said...

Yummy pulusu

Prathima Rao said...

Slurp....slurp...delicioiicious stew..!!! Never cooked with the stems before...Must try this one...
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Preeti Kashyap said...

ok..u just made me hungry! I love this ghee and hot rice...yummy!

Nitha said...

That looks really tasty..

Rinku Naveen said...

Pass me that bowl of rice with curry. Loved this stew with amaranth stems. Looks so tempting.

Sobha Shyam said...

new recipe to me, looks very healthy n delicious..

Aarthi said...

First time here..Glad I reached here..Following you right away...This looks delicious..This is a kind of sambar that we usually make..Love to have it with rice...Totally yummy..Thanks for sharing it dear…Should try it soon…If you have time do check my blog too…

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Treat and Trick said...

Nicely presented and looks wonderful!

Shanavi said...

My mom makes a similar version and I know how tasty it is..SLurp

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious pulusu

Jay said...

wow..sounds hearty n delicious..great cliks..:)
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Pari said...

Wow, that's really sounds a healthy meal, will surely try it with tender amaranth sticks.
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wow never heard of this...very new to me...picks are gr8!

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Looks delicious .. New to me..
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Madhavi said...

OMG this stew looks amazing..

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Now Serving said...

wow looks so appetizing! Love amaranth greens and stem and now more recently seeds too :)

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Pavithra said...

Absolutely comforting and mouthwatering meal .

Sayantani said...

thats looks wonderful. we also cook it in a sour gravies in a similar fashion. love to chew on this.

Swathi said...

Delicious , miss them a lot here.

Suja said...

Looks delicious,never tried this before,stems looks soft..yummy pulusu

♥Aps♥ said...

<3 it lovely!!!!

Patricia Torres said...

awesome!! that looks yummy!! :-)

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