Thotakura Pakoras

If you love pakoras, then these crunchy pakoras made from green leaves of Amaranth or Thotakura are an appetizer snack recipe that is an ideal fit.

By Keerti Dundoo Vodela
22 May 2020

Amaranth Leaves (Rajgira Leaves) are an incredible source of Vitamin A, K, C, B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. It can reduce anaemia, protect against osteoporosis and control high cholesterol levels.


Rich in antioxidants

Amaranth is rich in phenolic acids, which are plant compounds that act as antioxidants. These help fight free radicals that can cause damage to cells and contribute to developing chronic diseases.


Aids in weight loss

 Amaranth is high in protein and fiber, both of which can aid your weight loss efforts. In one small study, a high-protein breakfast was found to decrease levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates hunger.


Lowers cholesterol level

Studies indicate that amaranth oil decreased the total and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels by 15% and 22 per cent. Furthermore, the amaranth grain reduced “bad” LDL cholesterol while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol levels in the body.


Thotakura Pakoras - Full Recipe

  • 4
  • 120
    K calories
  • 25
  • 3/10

Easy Steps


Wash and chop the leaves thoroughly. Put the chopped leaves in a large bowl add ginger garlic paste, oil, salt, turmeric, chopped green chilies and chickpea flour. Mix all the ingredients together.


Make bite-size balls with the batter. If it doesn’t hold shape add more chickpea flour.


Steam the amaranth bites in a steamer or in a idly cooker for 10 minutes (if you don’t air fryer).


Cut the steamed bites into half, toss them in oil and air fry them for 15 minutes at 200 C until they are crispy and crunchy.

Ingredients List
  • Thotakura /Amaranth leaves: 2 bunches
  • Ginger garlic paste: 2 tsp
  • Green chilies: 2
  • Canola oil: 1 tsp
  • Chickpea flour: 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
Nutritive Value
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Fibre: 3.3g


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