Thotakura pappu | Amaranth leaves Dal recipe

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Thotakura Pappu recipe- thotakura pappu is a famous andhra dal made with amaranth leaves. Its a comforting dal served with rice, dollop of ghee and mango pickle. 
thotakura pappu or amaranth leaves dal
Thotakura pappu is a very common dal in the Andhra house holds. I remember my mom making this dal at least twice a week. 
Pappu (dal) with some kind of greens or veggies is very common in Andhra. Pappu with hot rice, a dollop of ghee and avakaya (mango pickle) on the side are sure to please your taste buds. Simple and clean flavors which takes me down the memory lane.
Preparation is very simple. Take the amaranth leaves with toor dal, onion, green chille and tomato to a pressure cooker. Cook until soft and finally do the tempering. It can’t get any simpler than this.
Serve the thotakura pappu with rice and a dollop of ghee.
Few other sides which can be served with the amaranth leaves dal are –

What can I replace amaranth with?

You can use spinach or kale in place to amaranth leaves.

What can I replace toor dal with?

Red lentils, moong dal or masoor dal can be used in this recipe

What can I serve the dal with?

Dal can be served with white rice, brown rice, millet and chapathi.

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Amaranth Leaves Dal

Thotakura pappu is a famous andhra dal made with amaranth leaves. Its a comforting dal served with rice, dollop of ghee and mango pickle. 

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Madhavi


  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 3 cups of amaranth leaves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomato, diced
  • 3 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 3 green chilly or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • curry leaves
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp sugar


  • Cut the onion, green chilly and tomato into small pieces. Wash the Amarath leaves, drain the water and chop them.

  • Now take the toor dal, amarath leaves, green chille, onion, tomato, turmeric in a vessel. Add 2 to 2.5 cups of water and pressure cook it for 3 whistles.

  • Once the pressure releases naturally, slightly mash the dal.
  • Do the tempering with 2 tsps of oil, few mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp chana dal, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, few curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.

  • Add the tempering to the cooked dal mixture.
    Add salt and tamrind juice and cook the dal for five minutes.
  • Serve the dal with hot rice, pickle and papad.
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  2. Hi madhavi
    me from orissa but i stayed andhra[hyderabad]17 years i love andhra food.ur receipe is tempting,i love to do it on my veg days.thanks

  3. I love your blog and share your enthusiasm for the succulent amaranth leaves, which we enjoy in soups, salads, and many other dishes. I hope you do not mind that I have included your link in an article I am writing for Triond.

  4. Hi Prathima,

    I come from Andhra and the most commonly available variety is green amaranth. In US indian stores, I am finding only the violet/maroon veined thotakura. Hope this info helps.

  5. Dear Madavi,
    Thanks for the receipe. In chennai the thottakura is something different, there is no such violet veins on the leaves.What are the other identification for thotta kura.

  6. madhavi garu,
    yenti full busy naa,roju mee website chusthunna,kothavi yemi pettadam ledhu.
    just want to let u know that iam eagerly waiting for another recipe of urs.


    Life has been quite hectic from few months. Though i feel like blogging, at the end of the day it gets so tiring. But not to disappoint u i will blog few recipes in the coming days.


  7. hi madhavi,
    i love all the recipes with thotakura but we dont get it here in UK.ur recipe is reminding me all the gud olden days when i was a kid.anyways gr8 pic.
    looking forward for more recipes from u.looks like ur daughter is keeping u busy.
    gud luck.


    That’s true swapna. My daughter definitely keeps me busy and i think i am getting lazy also.
    Inspite of it I love blogging, its a way of relaxing and doing what u enjoy.