Thagathe soppu is nothing but Cassia Tora or Senna Tora in English. It mainly grows as a weed in open grounds or road side in Rainy season. It is a very useful plant and mostly ignored by all. Leaves of this plant are not only used as a medicine; its seeds are also used widely in Ayurveda.
In our coastal belt, we do prepare lots of delicacies from its young leaves and this vade or fritters is one among them. These fritters are served as a snack or as a starter for lunch/dinner. This monsoon delicacy is also called dangar in Konkani.
Dosa rice – ¾ cup
Toor dal – 2 tablespoons
Dried red chillies – 5 – 8 ( Byadagi)
Hing – generous pinch
Tamarind – ½ tsp
Coconut – ½ cup
Chopped greens – 1 to 2 cups ( as needed)
Chopped onion – 1
– Wash and Soak rice and dal for 3 hours.
-Roast red chillies, chop onions , Clean the leaves, remove stalks, wash thoroughly ,chop the leaves and keep it ready.
– At first grind coconut, hing, salt, red chillies in to paste.
– To this, add soaked rice and dal mix, grind this into a small rava consistency by adding very little water.
– Remove from the mixer grinder, add chopped leaves , onion and mix thoroughly.
-Heat oil in a small kadai. When it is hot, take bite size of batter and pat a little in your palm and deep fry.
-Serve this as a side dish with Dal – Rice or Rasam and rice.
Note: If you don’t have access to Cassia Tora leaves, instead you can use chopped Moringa or Methi or fenugreek leaves as well.