Amaranth Leaves Masala

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Greens are available in ample varieties. In a place like Bangalore there happens to be seperate section for the greens in the vegetable market. Nowadays in the super markets you get a variety of greens and you can pick and choose your favorite variety of greens. Within Amaranth leaves itself there are two varieties – red and green. I personally prefer the red color for the taste and the color. This masala I am putting up is a good combination for chapathis as well as rice and dal.  We call it Thamdi Bhajhi in Konkani and Hariive in Kannada and Keerai in Tamil.   Here it goes.

What you need to have:

1. Red Amaranth leaves chopped – 2.5 cups

2. Toor dal -1/4 cup

3. Water to cook – 1 cup

5112008-0671 Ingredients of Red Amaranth leaves Masala

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Onions chopped fine – 2

2. Tomato chopped – 1

3. Ginger Garlic paste -1 teaspoon

4. Chopped corriander leaves – a handful

5. Chilli powder – 1.5 teaspoon

6. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

7. Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

8. Dhania jeera powder – 1/2 teaspoon

5112008-068 Ingredients of Seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop Red Amaranth leaves fine as shown in the image and keep it aside.

2. Wash Toor dal and place it in the cooker with chopped leaves and cook it adding 1 cup water as usual for 20 minutes till soft.

3. Wash and chop Tomato, Onion , corriander leaves fine and keep it aside.

4. Place a skillet with 4-5 reaspoons of cooking oil on a medium flame. When heated add chopped onions from step 3 to it and add required quantity of salt to it and fry it till the onions turn transparent.

5. When onions are half done add chopped tomatoes from step 3 to it and fry well.

6. Add Ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, dhania jeera powder and garam masala powder to the onion tomato fry.

7. Add cooked Dal and Red Amaranth leaves mix from step 2 to the masala in the skillet. Add a little water and salt if required and bring it to boil on medium flame.

8. Add chopped corriander leaves from step 3 to it and serve hot with rice or Chapathi.

Ready to serve Red Amaranth leaves Masala is as shown in the image below.

5112008-070 Ready to serve Red Amaranth leaves Masala

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 5-6 people


6 thoughts on “Amaranth Leaves Masala

    Dinkar said:
    December 30, 2008 at 2:00 am


    I tried your radsish salad recipe and it was very very good – thanks!

    BTW, a small correction on this recipe (I will try it out later), if you dont mind.. It is not “Amarnath” leaves rather it is “Amaranth” leaves.

    prathibalrao responded:
    December 30, 2008 at 4:58 am

    Hi Dinkar,

    Thanx a lot for ur correction message which is so useful.

    latha said:
    April 10, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I know these red leaves are highly nutritious but didn’t know what to do with ‘mulai keerai’ (Tamil for Amaranth leaves). This looks yummy. I’d certainly try this as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing.

    prathibalrao responded:
    April 11, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Hi Latha,

    You can even add a dash of milk cream to make the dish rich and also yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

    Kartik said:
    February 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I made this a few days back, it came out pretty well I think.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 29, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Hi Kartik,
      Thanks a lot for your response!!!!!

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