Dantu Soppu / Amaranth Leaves / Dento Bhaji Recipe

Amaranth leaves or Dantu soppu – in Mangalore we call it Dento Bhaji in Konkani. There are 2 varieties, one with small leaves and a thin stem and the other one with bigger leaves and thicker, longer stem. The second variety is not very common compared to the first one.
In my house, this particular Dento is used along with Alun or colocasia during the feast of Nativity in September, which we call ‘Alun Dento’. Colocasia can also be grown in our gardens.

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Dantu Soppu / Amaranth Leaves Recipe

In this dish, I have cooked Amaranth leaves with Channa Dal, with a dash of pepper powder and tamarind juice and given a final touch with a little bit of coconut.

A simple and healthy dish, if you love leafy vegetables will enjoy this one.

Dento Bajji and Channa Dal / Amaranth leaves

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Dantu Soppu / Amaranth Leaves / Dento Bhaji Recipe

Recipe by Rovena FernandesCourse: vegetarianCuisine: MangaloreanDifficulty: Easy


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This Healthy Dantu soppu or Amaranth leaves with Channa Dal is a Mangalorean recipe. A simple to prepare and also taste great with rice with rasam or sambar.


  • 1/4 Cup Channa Dal

  • 1 Big cup Dento Bajji/ Amaranth leaves Bajji

  • 2 small onions

  • 6 Garlic cloves

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder

  • 1 tsp Jeera

  • 2 tsp oil

  • 1 tsp Ghee

  • Salt to taste

  • Marble size of Tamarind

  • 2 tbsp Coconut


  • Soak 1/4 Cup Channa Dal for 2 hours. Later cook it for 3 whistles and keep aside.
  • Soak marble size of tamarind in water.
  • Add ghee and oil in a cooking pan.
  • When the oil is heated, add 1 tsp Jeera/cumin seeds, 2 small chopped onions, 6 Garlic cloves and fry till brown.Dantu Soppu / Amaranth Leaves / Dento Bhaji Recipe
  • Add the cooked Dal, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp pepper powder and salt as per taste.Dantu Soppu / Amaranth Leaves / Dento Bhaji Recipe
  • Add the cleaned and cut Amaranth leaves.Dantu Soppu / Amaranth Leaves / Dento Bhaji Recipe
  • After 2 mins add tamarind water.
  • Sprinkle grated coconut close the lid and off the flame. Leave it for some time before serving.Dantu Soppu / Amaranth Leaves / Dento Bhaji Recipe

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