On a rare occasion when I get to lay my hands on some fresh Amaranth leaves (Thotakoora), I make sure to buy them in a lot and chop and freeze them for later!  This combination of Thotakoora and Raw mango is very traditional at least in our households. They both complement each other in taste and a healthy combo indeed! Amaranth is said to be one of the healthiest greens. As per Ayurveda, these leaves are superior to Spinach and other greens as well. I came to know that the Amaranth seeds and flour are extremely healthy too..For now lets enjoy this 'precious' dal.

Thotakoora Mamidikaya Pappu

Ingredients -

Toor Dal 1 cup
Amaranth leaves/Thotakoora finely chopped 2 cups
Raw Mango peeled and cubed 1 cup
Green Chillies 4-5 (or as per taste)
Roasted Methi Powder a pinch
Sugar a pinch (Optional)
Salt as per taste
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/4 tsp (or as per taste)
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Red Chillies 1, Curry leaves few, Hing/Asafoetida 1/8 tsp)

Method Of Preparation - 

Boil Toor dal in a pressure cooker.

After the cooker cools down, heat a sauce pan and add oil and the seasoning. 

Once the mustard seeds splutter and the urad dal is brown add the chopped mango and the amaranth leaves (Thotakoora) and let them cook.

Add boiled toor dal, chopped green chillies ,roasted methi powder, sugar, turmeric and salt.

Add red chilli powder and let the dal simmer for couple of minutes and remove from fire.

Serve with hot rice and ghee.

Serves Approx 4 Adults

Preparation Time 35 min
Posted by Harini on Monday, November 14, 2011


  1. divya Says:
  2. wow...looks awesome and healthy recipes....

  3. Wonderful combination Harini...but where did you get raw mango now? comfort looking dal

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. healthy and delicious..

  5. good one

  6. Suma Gandlur Says:
  7. Mee recipe maa aththagarini gurthuku thechhindi. Through out summer months, mango - greens combination was cooked frequently. I know thotakoora - mamidi pappu tastes yummy.

  8. Spandana Says:
  9. Yumm... mamidikaya pappu is my fav, never added thotakoora to it.. looks like a healthy idea!!!

  10. tempting and inviting.

  11. Priya Suresh Says:
  12. Super comforting dal,makes me hungry and tempting.

  13. Archana Says:
  14. Wonderful combo dear. Mouthwatering especially drooling over the raw mango part.

    Hosting an event which I am calling Back to our Roots Also hosting for Nov’11 Veggie Food for the Month_Raw Banana. Please do send me your entries.

  15. Nice combo,yummy n'delicious dal!!

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