Bachali kura Pappu

My first reaction after i saw Bachali aaku,purslane leaves, Mayalu Bhaji was Hurray!!!!! I got it! Also , found in Asian stores as mong toi .Its been a year since I tasted this vegetable.My aunt had this creeper in the backyard so it was a common vegetable in every one’s houshold. I remember it had small purple coloured berry size fruits that this creeper used to give and we as girls would break open that fruit and use it as a lipstick while playing. I have been thinking of contributing to the JFIWBB Greens hosted by Indira of Mahanandi and here I go.

Ingredients :


3 Fistfuls of Toor Dal

1 bunch of Bachali aaku

1/2 cup of diced tomatoes

1 marble sized tamarind ball

For the Popu :


1 teaspoon urad dal

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/4 teaspoon asafoetida

3 dry red chillies

4 green chillies

5-6 curry leaves

Wash thoroughly and chop the purslane leaves. Place 3 fistfuls of dal , chopped purslane leaves, 1/2 cup tomatoes, turmeric in the pressure cooker. Also place the marble sized ball in one corner on the leaves in the cooker, else you can add the tamarind extract while doing the popu. Cook until 2-3 whistles and remove once done.

Now , for the popu, heat oil in a skillet, add urad dal,mustard seeds, dry chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida in that order. wait until the mustard seeds splutter and add the dal. Add salt and 1/2 teaspoon of re chili powder. Mix well and serve with hot rice and a dollop of ghee.

5 thoughts on “Bachali kura Pappu

  1. Indira says:

    Bachali aaku, My god, it’s been almost 12 years since I saw this leaf.

    I have to check out local SE Asian grocery shops for this green leaf veggie. Thanks Deepika for participating in JFI-WBB:Greens with this traditional recipe.

    About thota kura, like other commenters mentioned, I usually buy them at Asian grocery shops. Local US chian grocery shops – I have never seen this veggie there.

  2. Dee says:

    Thanks Indira, I listed all the names you mentioned for tothakura and went and checked. Didnt find any but found bachali and colocasia leaves , I’ll post the recipe soon for the colocasia leaves

  3. Anita says:

    That looked so delicious and had to find out more (coming fromthe JFI roundup)…This is Basella rubra, known as Malabar Spinach in English! Once I too had it show up in my kitchengarden. Bengalis too love to cook with it.

    Yeah Anita, its our favourite dish too! I simply love it!

  4. musical says:

    Hey Dee, really what a marvellous recipe it is. Its been ages since i saw this leaf!! Thank you so much for bringing back the fond memories. Where did you find the leaves!

    Musical, I found it in the se asian grocery store. Its a pleasure!

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