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Thotakura Pappu/Amaranth Dal
General health guidelines suggest that you eat at least five helpings of vegetables every day. Of course, it is assumed that leafy green vegetables form at least one third of this. The abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals found in them provide a number of health benefits which we discuss here. Also, try these healthy recipes to improve overall health.


Amaranth Leaves : 3 to 4 bunches
Yellow Lentil / Toor dal : 1 cup
Onion : 1
Green Chillies : 3 to 4
Tamarind : small lime sized
Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds : 1 tsp
Chana Dal : 1 tsp
Urad dal : 1 tsp
Dry red chilli : 1
Salt to taste
Oil : 1 tsp
A pinch of asafoetida


Wash yellow lentil properly with plenty of water.
Put the washed lentil and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and cook till 3 whistles.
Soak the tamarind in water for 10 minutes.
Then squeeze the extract out of it and keep aside.
Remove the stems from the amaranth leaves.
Wash and chop the leaves and set aside.
Peel the onions and cut them into medium pieces.
Put the onion pieces, chopped leaves, green chillies, turmeric and water in a bowl and cook for 10 minutes.
Now add the tamarind pulp, cooked dal, salt and red chilli powder to it.
Let it cook for 5 minutes and turn off the flame. Heat oil in a pan for seasoning.
Add the mustard seeds, chanadal, urad dal and let them splutter.
When they start to splutter add red chilli and asafoetida and stir for a few minutes.
Remove from the flame and pour over the dal mixture.
Mix well and serve hot with steamed rice or roti.

Recipe and image courtesy: Indian cuisine

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