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Thotakura Undalu ~ Crispy Amaranth Leaves Balls

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Thotakura Undalu

Amaranth leaves (Chauli/Thotakura) are much loved in our home and take the form of stir fry, dal and stew in our daily meals. In recent past, I have used these nutritious greens along with chick pea flour (besan) to prepare fritters. They are easy to make, work great as appetizers for parties and also make for a wonderful tea time snack.

These vegan crispy green leafy balls taste best when warm. Try them the next time you bring home some amaranth greens and you’ll want to invite your friends just to serve them a perfect finger food treat.

Thotakura Undalu Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 25-30 mts

Makes approx 20-22 balls

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

3 cups washed and chopped amaranth greens/chauli/thotakura (packed)

1/2 besan/senaga pindi/chick pea flour

3-4 finely chopped green chillis

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp red chili powder

salt to taste

water as required

oil for deep frying

1 tbsp fresh grated coconut

Tempering/Poppu/Tadka:

1 1/2 tbsps white sesame seeds

few curry leaves

2 dried red chilies, tear and de-seed

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

pinch of asafoetida/hing/inguva

2 tsps oil

1 In a bowl, add the chopped amaranth greens, green chilles, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, cumin seeds, besan and salt. Add little water to make a dough such that you can make small balls. Make small balls and keep aside.
2 Heat oil in a deep frying vessel. Once its piping hot, reduce flame to medium and drop the balls gently into the oil and fry them to a golden brown color. Deep fry a batch of 8-10 balls depending on the size of the vessel.
3 Heat 2 tsps oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add sesame seeds, red chilies, hing and curry leaves and saute for a few seconds. Add the balls to the pan and mix well. Turn off heat and sprinkle fresh grated coconut.
4 Serve warm with a cup of masala chai.

Thotakura Undalu ~ Crispy Amaranth Leaves Balls Recipe

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Yield: 6
Main Ingredients: amaranth leaves besan

Amaranth leaves are much loved in our home and take the form of stir fry, dal and stews in our daily meals. In recent past, I have used these nutritious greens along with chick pea flour (besan) to prepare fritters. They are easy to make, work great as appetizers for parties and also make for a wonderful tea time snack.

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By • Oct 28th, 2011 • Category: All Recipes, Andhra Recipes, Green Leafy Vegetables, Indian Lentil Recipes, Indian Snacks and Starter Recipes, Indian Vegan Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes

  • keerthika

    awesome shailu garu, this is the best way to make kids eat greens .great idea ..loved it

  • Priya

    Crispy balls looks fabulous, love to munch some.

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com Krithi

    Super crispy snack… love the color and also the sesame crust!
    Krithi’s Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Festival Potluck

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com Krithi

    Super crispy snack… love the color and also the sesame crust!
    Krithi’s Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Festival Potluck

  • kumari

    Havent heard of this combination!! simply superb shailu garu, by the way u didnt mention amaranth leaves in the first step of preparation..if I am not wrong

    Thanks

  • Cdevivek

    never heard of thotakura vundalu. excellent recipe. going to try asap

  • Satyamaithili

    Thotakura garelu telsu.Ivi kuda try chestanu.Thanq sailu.

  • Satyamaithili

    Thotakura garelu telsu.Ivi kuda try chestanu.Thanq sailu.

  • Rithadharani

    hello sailu,
    can u please tel me wat is amarnath leaf?im a tamilian.how does it look?

  • Rithadharani

    hello sailu,
    can u please tel me wat is amarnath leaf?im a tamilian.how does it look?

  • Kalyani Platter

    Very new recipe and looks tempting & delicious sailu ….

  • Aparna from Bangalore

    Super!! I never know that snacks could be made this easily :) Thank you very much!!!

  • Aparna from Bangalore

    Super!! I never know that snacks could be made this easily :) Thank you very much!!!

  • Jyotsna Tirumalasetty

    Please mention the measurement for besan. Is it 1/2 cup??

    • Anonymous

      It depends on the amount of leaves used. I have eyeballed the besan quantity, add 1/2 cup and if required add a little more.

    • Anonymous

      It depends on the amount of leaves used. I have eyeballed the besan quantity, add 1/2 cup and if required add a little more.

  • sadhana

    Sailu, your recipes are all so clear and you have so many unusual combinations of food. I would never have thought to do something like this with thotakura. Thank you! I am amazed you don’t have more followers. I chanced on your website today as I was looking for ways to use gongura. My daughter loves gongura in any form.

  • Sudhe

    Hi Sailu, I have been following your recipes for a while now but never posted on your website. I think this is a great idea for making kids eat greens…I am always looking out for new recipes and your website is the place for it !! Keep up the good work.

  • Sudhe

    Hi Sailu, I have been following your recipes for a while now but never posted on your website. I think this is a great idea for making kids eat greens…I am always looking out for new recipes and your website is the place for it !! Keep up the good work.

  • Lalithabn

    Thank q sailu nice way to use thotakurs keep up the good work

  • Jai

    Great. it was too good .. and easy too…..