Cook's Hideout: Thelaga Pindi Kura

September 24, 2013

Thelaga Pindi Kura

Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter T
Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh
Dish: Thelaga Pindi Kura
Letter T stands for Thotakoora (amaranth leaves). I actually made a dish with thotakoora for today, but changed it a more traditional and lesser known dish at the last minute because my mom brought Thelaga Pindi from India.
Thelaga Pindi Kura
To be honest, I've never heard about Thelaga pindi while in India. It is only recently that I started seeing it on Telugu cooking shows.After extracting oil from sesame seeds, the pulp that is leftover is ground to a powder and that powder is called Thelaga pindi. It has all the nutrients present in sesame seeds and is considered especially good for new-mothers. Infact as per my mom, today's dish is made on the 11th day after delivery for the new mom.
Thelaga Pindi Kura
Today's dish has thelega pindi and dal (pappu) as the main ingredients. Thelaga pindi can be used in other vegetable curries similar to roasted sesame seed powder.

Thelaga Pindi - 1cup
Toor Dal/ Red Masoor dal - ½cup
Salt - to taste

For Tempering:
Urad dal - 1tsp
Chana dal - 1tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Dry red chili - 1
Green chilies - 2, finely chopped
Curry leaves - 8-10

  • Cook dal until tender but not mushy. Dal should hold shape, may be one whistle in the pressure cooker. Alternately you can cook in open pot for 10-12 minutes. Since masoor dal cooks very quickly, cook for 6-8 minutes only. Set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add salt to taste. Slowly stir in thelaga pindi and mix well until cooked through. This happens very fast, so keep an eye on it. Keep aside.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a nonstick, add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add the cooked dal and thelaga pindi. Mix well and season with salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture dries up and cooked through.
  • Serve with steamed rice.
Thelaga Pindi Kura

Logo courtesy : Preeti
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32.
Previously on A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh:
A for Aava Pettina Aratikaya Kura
B for Bagara Baingan
C for Chimmiri
D for Dosakaya Pachadi
E for Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu
F for Firni
G for Gongura Pulihora
H for Haleem/ Vegetarian Haleem
I for Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru
J for Jonna Pindi Kudumulu
K for Kakarakaya Podi Kura
L for Lauju/ Laskora (Kobbari Lauju)
M for Menthi kura Pappu
N for Nuvvulu-Mamidikaya Pachadi
O for Onion Pachadi
P for Pindi Miriyam
Q for Qabooli Biryani
R for Ragi-Barley Sankati
S for Sheer Qurma


  1. The dish looks pleasing. .never heard about this though..where can one get this from?

  2. an interesting recipe, had never heard of it before.... Today's post :

  3. My grandma own as oil factory and i have tasted this thelaga there, but never thought that we can make this delicious kura with it..Fantastic dish.

  4. Wonderful traditional dish. Our older generations had all the right ideas about food and health. This looks very appetising.

  5. simple and elegant one!! love the pot in which you have served it.. looks so yummy!!


  6. I like the flavor of sesame seeds . This thelaga pindi sounds delicious !!

  7. I too came across this thelaga pindi in eenadu magazine recipe corner....and was wondering what it is...after seeing the title of the post...i came rushing out to find what it is like...thank u for sharing....kura looks the styling too...

  8. And I am hearing this today for the first time..:)..the dal looks more like usili right..does it taste similar as well?

  9. This one looks super inviting and new dish to me :) Thengal pindi kura looks super delicious and wonderfully clicked :)

  10. wow so yumm pavani learned a lot from u loving it.

  11. never knew about this, this looks typical mother made recipe, beautiful

  12. Such a hearty and rustic dish this one is. Lovely

  13. Hearing this for the first time and loved to note that it is a traditional dish.Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes Pavani...

  14. Never heard of this before...learning so much through blogging and BM!

  15. I have heard so much about telaga pindi but never had access or opportunity to use/taste this..I also have a recipe written down in my book but no telga pindi :(..Koora choodadanike super ga undhi! Thanks for sharing!

  16. interesting recipe...looks very nice

  17. Never had heard about thsi sounds very delicious.

  18. Pavani what atraditional dish fantastic these thelaga pindu kuralu are my favorit. Where did you get this in US. my sis was searching for this from long time!!!!...?

  19. Very authentic dish and it looks great. I have never heard of this...


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