May 17, 2012

Totakura Pulusu- Amaranth Leaves Tangy Curry And A Simple Thali

After that elaborate thali today I am hear with a simple lunch thali with some every day recipes. These are my Favorite recipes too which I make very often. The main thing in this thali I used very less oil so In my view this is a low fat thali. Since I like to have rice for my lunch I placed rice bowl in this thali . You can change rice and place roti or boiled broken wheat that will be much better. But carbohydrates also require to your body, that is totally your choice.We need 60 to 70 gms fat in our every day meal and that depends up on your cholesterol level. In Indian familys we use oil in tadkas(talimpu) every day hardly we have deep fried snacks once or twice in a month. In my every day cooking I make two curries with 2 tabsp of oil. I mix groundnut,sunflower and seasame oil in bottle and use this for thadkas. Some times I use olive oil also, for deep frys I use sunflower oil.
thali                                                     Any way In this thali My first curry is Totakura Pulusu for this I used 1 tab sp of mixed oil for tadka(talimpu). Second recipe is Munakkaya Kura (drumstick curry), in this curry usually I make a paste with cashewnuts and coconut. But for this thali i made a paste with onion, mellon and poppy seeds paste to season this paste with a tab sp of olive oil. till now the oil I used in my cooking for today is 20 ml. Then the next curry is Aritikaya nuvvu podi kura (green plantain and seasame seed powder curry) for this 1/2 tab sp of mixed oil, because I boiled the plantain first with skin then peeled and cut in to cubes. So when you boil and stir fri the vegetable that won't take much oil to cook the vegetable.For this oil helps to coat the spice powder on vegetable well. The next one is Rasam normally we use a tea sp oil to give tadka(talimpu) for rasam. So totally I use 40 ml oil for this recipes (including pickle oil). Because of this I said this is a low fat thali Hope you all agree with me. So let's check what is there in this thali we have
Totakura pulusu (amaranth Leaves tangy curry)
Munakaya masala kura( drumstick Masala curry)
aloo podi kura Aritikaya Nuvupodi kura (Green Plantain seasame seed powder curry)
Perugu (curd)
Pappula podi
Tomato Pickle
And here is the recipe for Totakura Pulusu...
totakurapulusu INGREDIENTS:-----
Totakura (amaranth leaves) -- 2 cups finely chopped
Tomato   ----    4 medium finely chopped
Onion   ---- 1 medium finely chopped
Green chillies  --- 2 cut in to two
Salt to taste
Turmeric  --- 1/4 tea sp
Red chilli powder  ---- 1/2 tea sp or according to your taste.
Tamarind  --- 1 inch piece
Oil   ---- 1 tab sp
Mustard seeds  -- 1/2 tea sp
Split urad dal  --- 1 tea sp
Cumin seeds  -- 1/2 tea sp
Garlic cloves  --- 4 crushed
Curry leaves a few
1. Take all chopped vegetables in a pan and add salt to taste,Tamarind piece, turmeric powder,  red chilli powder and sprinkle 1/4 cup water, cook in a very low flame till vegetables are cooked and all the water is avoparated.
2. To check if the Amaranth leaves are cooked or not take out a spoon of curry let it cool for a minute and mash the leaves with you hand if the leaves are mashed then it is cooked.
3. Now remove from heat and mash the cooked vegetables with a potato masher (pappugutti) to mix every thing well and this gives a smooth texture to the curry.
Dont over mash just mash it till every thing bleds well.
4. Now heat oil in a othe pan add mustard seeds let them popup then add crushed garlic, urad dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves one by on and fry till golden and add this seasoning to mashed Amaranth leaves mixture, mix well.
Serve with rice or roti.
This is my second Thali for Blogging Marathon 16 th edition in the theme of Indian thali and lets check the Marathon page.
And this is my entry for Srivallis Thali Mela


Chef Mireille said...

gorgeous looking thali - don't think I've ever seen amaranth leaves here

Unknown said...

please share that with me too. I don't think you can eat that all alone. what if you get stomachache?

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy on the way..

Priya Suresh said...

Yummy thali Padma, seriously i cant take my eyes from ur raw banana sesame podi curry.

Jayanthi said...

I love the amazing spread in your thaali. I especially like your crispy green plantain curry. Looks fab.

A Kamalika Krishmy said...

the Thali is making me hungry even at this time .. I love the neat arrangement of the Thali

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely thali... would love to dig in...

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Tempting Thali..your pictures make me drool...

Unknown said...

i am looking forward to eat this when my MIL is here....I dont make this much! I would surely like it if someone made it for me!

hotpotcooking said...

wow , nice thali. Like to have the whole plate.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the very quick comment Mireille yes I think you don't get amaranth leaves in US but you can make this curry with Spinach too.:)
OMG Priya Yallapantula I don't want any stomachache dear.Sure will share with you.:)
Shama Come come I am waiting for you..

Srivalli said...

Beautiful spread Padma, love everything on the plate!..thanks for the entry..

Sumi said...

Iam in awe of your thali's ..good one

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

lovely thali...looks yumm. wish i could have this.. looks absolutely delicious.

notyet100 said...

Almost everything is new for me ,thali looks yum.

vaishali sabnani said...

now is this a simple thaali? my ...I am loving it..will comeback and study the thaali WELL after the bm..have book marked ..
grt job!!

vidhas said...

Love the delicious spread. I think we call it as puicha keerai in tamil.

AJ said...

Delicious thali. Loving it!

Anonymous said...

Your Kira looks very inviting Padma. And detailed explanations about oil usage were good to read. The mix of oils that you use for the tacks must give a very unique flavout to the dish I guess

Pavani said...

Another delicious Andhra spread Padma. That raw banana nuvvula podi kura sounds awesome. Thotakura pulusu looks tangy & yummy.