Ramani Vabbilisetty

Thotakura Palakura

This impressive and inviting recipe of Thotakura Palakura or Amaranth leaves milk curry has been shared by our very special Guest Chef, Mrs. Ramani Vabbilisetty from Visakhapatnam (Vizag). She is a homemaker and has always had an avid interest in cooking. She loves to try different Indian recipes. She is a champion of healthy cooking and has shared with us a very classic healthy Andhra recipe using Amaranth greens also called Thotakura in Telugu and Chavuli or Chaulai in Hindi. Amaranth greens contain dietary fibre, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, riboflavin and potassium. As is evident, Thotakura Palakura is the perfect combination of taste and nutrition.

Thotakura PalakuraIngredients:

  • Thotakura – 2 big bunches
  • Garlic – 6 cloves
  • Ginger – ½ inch
  • Salt to taste
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Milk – 125 ml approx.

For paste

  •  Sesame seeds – 2 tsp
  •  Rice Flour – 1 tsp
  •  Garlic – 1 clove
  •  Jeera – 1 pinch

For seasoning/popu/tadka(quantity as desired)

  •  Mustard seeds
  •  Jeera
  •  White gram/Urad Dal
  •  Red chillies – 3 (recommended)
  •  Curry leaves

Servings: 4 Persons

Preparation Time: 10 mins.

Cooking Time: 10 mins.


Wash the Thotakura leaves thoroughly, and chop them finely.

Make a smooth paste of sesame seeds, rice flour, garlic and Jeera as per the quantity mentioned for paste above.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a saucepan and season with all the ingredients mentioned above for seasoning.

Now add chopped ginger, chopped garlic, chopped thotakura leaves along with salt and 1 cup water. Mix well and simmer to boil.

Add the ground paste and milk and simmer for a few more minutes till the leaves absorb the flavors and the gravy thickens.

Thotakura Palakura is ready. Serve hot with white rice and pickle.


Add fried dal vadi in the curry before serving.

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