Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Chukka Kura Pappu/ Sorrel Spinach Dal


Kandi Pappu/ Toor Dal - 1 rice cup
(washed three times in a cooker bowl)

Chukka kura - 1/2 - 3/4 bunch (washed and leaves chopped)

Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Water - 2 and 1/2 rice cups

Add these all to above washed toor dal dish and pressure cook until toor dal becomes mushy.

Salt - to taste

Once pressure is released add salt to it and mash well with pappu guthu or with a back of a spoon.

(washed Chukka Kura leaves)


Oil 1 tbsp + Ghee 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 2 tsp
Red chillies - 4 no. (broken into bits)
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Asafoetida/ Hing - a pinch

Do seasoning in a medium sauce pan in the order given above, once finished add mashed dal to it, mix well. If it is thick add 1/4 th cup water to it and boil once and switch off or else switch off once adding it to seasoning.

Serve with Ghee, Indian style Omelette, Potato Fry, Rice and Yoghurt on side.

Chukka kura Leaf (close up)

Thanks Anuradha for your organic leaves :-) I am loving it.

Chukka kura :

In Palmy every one calling these as pullakku. These leaves are sour in taste just like gongura leaves but looks like spinach, instead of round on top as spinach these leaves has pointed tip. For making dal treat them as gongura by not adding any tamarind or tomatoes while cooking. As these leaves are sourer than gongura.


Hindi - Katta Palak
English - Sorrel Spinach

© 2009 by Rajani Rayudu


Pooja said...

Wow fresh chukka kura..Chala Bagundi Rajini Garu..Maaku ikkada dorakadu...we used to have it in our backyard in india..

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Pooja,

Thanks Pooja. Nenu monna weekend friend valla intiki velte ikada ma friend valla backyard lo vunnadi so she gave it to me. Entayina fresh is always best. Do try at your area you might find in asian farmers market.


Pooh said...

Rajani, I haven't tried sorrel before. Is this the same as amaranth or gongura?

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Pooja,

Amarnath leaves are different kind of blend in taste.
Look here I have posted it's picture

Gongura is similar in taste as chukka kura. But they look entirely different. These ones look more like spinach with sharp tip.

In some areas they make Chukka kura Mamsam and Pachadi too.

I saw these in farmers market here by then I didn't realise these are the same until my friend gave it to me.


Anonymous said...

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

myscrawls said...

Lovely pappu Rajani. Want to have this with hot rice :)

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Hapi,

Thanks for visiting.

Hi Anu,

Me too thanks, with hot rice and ghee compulsory :-)


Saritha said...

Great pappu,we dont get this here.
1st timer here,u have a great blog:)

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Varunavi,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Keep looking you might find in farmers market.



Hello rajini garu , ela vunnaru? ma family members ki next to gongura chukka kura is favourite leafy veggie.Here in US we dont get it . this time try this recipe , u will defnetley like it .

Preethi Garlapaty.

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Preethi,

I am fine thank you. emi chala rojulu ayindi holiday ki vellera. Nenu first time chusa nz lo na friend 2 bunches iste 1 bunch freeezer lo petta. I will definately try your recipe.............


Unknown said...

hi rajini,how r u ???nenu me site chusanu.chala site chusaka chala try cheyalanipistundhi.nenu preethi valla relative ni.

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Lakshmi,

I am fine thank you. Back from a long trip, I am glad you like my blog. Do try out and let me know your feed back. Good to know you......


Anonymous said...

Please email to recipes.Thank you.

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Anon,

please subscirbe through rss.


padhu said...

Wow rajani .. i luv luv luv chukkakura pappu morethan anything .. my fav .. my mom makes it wen i go to india .. missing a lot .. u knw most of the ppl dont knw abt this .. poor ppl .. naaku maa amma vanta gurtu chesaru ... thanx .. and my mom makes varieties in this pappu .. but i dont get it here ..

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Padhu,

anduke nenu India miss ayedi, akada anni dorukutayi ikada dinner plan cheyali ante gaganam ga vundi. even chutney tastes yummo. meeru US lo vunte you can bring seeds from there and still plant it. I have seen so many people growing gongura, mulakada, bobbasikaya, curry leaves in garden.