Friday, November 4, 2016

Kempu Harive -Kesu dantu Huli (Red Amarant - Colocasia stem curry)

Kempu Harive/Red Amaranth leaves and - Kesu (Colocasia leaves) Dantu (stem) curry is a side dish and it goes well with all the main dishes like plain rice, any type of rotis, poori or chapati, dosa - idli etc.

I have used Amaranth leaves, Colocasia stems, some spices and coconut. It is an traditional gravy and you will surely love it. If you do not want to use colocasia stem, then substitute with drum sticks or any leaves which have hard stem like dantina soppu.
Let us see some benefits of eating Amaranth Leaves in our diet.
Kempu Harive/Red Amaranth leaves are loaded with healthy benefits. They help to stimulate the growth and reduce the inflammation. They boost bone strength and lower blood pressure. Improve our immune system and maintain healthy hair. Helps to lose weight. They are loaded with proteins and antioxidant properties. It is good for digestion and it is gluten free. It helps in good eye sight because it has Vitamin A helps to boost the eye health. Amaranth Leaves contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Folate (A type of Vitamin B which is essential for growth and reproduction of the cell). and minerals like manganese, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Amaranth leaves are low in fat and carbohydrates and calories.
" NO ONION OR GARLIC" is used in Kempu Harive  - Kesu Dantu Huli. The spices are used as raw and not roasted.
Lets see the recipe :

Things Needed : 

To Cook:
Toor Dal : 1/2 Cup ( 2 Handful )
Kempu Harive/Red Amaranth Leaves : 1 Bundle (Small bundle).
Kesu Dantu/Colocasia stems : 1 Big Bowl
Tamarind : 1 small goose berry size (Nelli kai)
Salt : Required Salt :
To Grind : 
Coconut : 1 Cup (Fresh)
Coriander Seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red Chilly (Byadagi) : 4 to 5
To Add : 
Ground spice mixture
Mustard seasoning
Green chilly : 2 to 3

Method :

1. Wash and cut Amaranth leaves into small and keep it aside.

2. Wash and remove the outer part of Kesu stem and cut them into small and keep it aside.

3. Wash and cook Toor dal separately and let it cool.
4. Put cut amarant leaves, kesu stem pieces, tamarind pulp and salt to a big pan or pressure cooker.
5. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook them till they turn soft. (Pressure cooker : 4 to 5 whistles). Put green chilly as they are. ( No need to cut or slit).

6. Grate coconut and grind it with chilly, coriander seeds and jeera. Use required water to grind.

7. Now add cooked dal to cooked leaves mixture and mix it nicely. Cook for a minute.
8. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and ground spice mixture. Mix it well. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

9. Shift the Huli/Curry to a serving bowl. Add mustard seasoning. (Optional).

10. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Adding tamarind pulp helps the kesu stem not to itch. Leaves and stems should be cooked till soft.
Adding any sambar powder instead of raw spices is optional. Adding onion/garlic to the curry is optional. Adding jaggery is optional. I have not added.  The consistency of the curry taste better when it is thick. (Adding little water and turn the curry bit loose if you do not like the thick curry). Use of pressure cooker to cook leaves and stems it better because it turns them soft. (Not fully melted).
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5 


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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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