On the site NDTV Food Anusha Singh, an Indian, presented 8 unusual and tasty dishes made from amaranth. They are remarkable in themselves, but their importance is reinforced by the fact that they come from India. And there amaranth is very popular and has long been one of the main types of food.
Amaranth in India is also called Ramdana. According to Anusha, it is one of the oldest grains grown in India. He emphasizes that the plant, its grain contains a lot of useful properties and components. In particular, it notes its ability to charge the human body with energy and presence in it:
- vegetable fibers;
The use of amaranth in the daily diet will significantly enhance the health and support the body. Anusha Singh adds that daily consumption of amaranth can protect the body, treat and prevent diseases such as:
- inflammatory processes of various origins;
- cardiovascular diseases;
- reduced immunity.
In addition, amaranth will strengthen bones, hair, nails, improve the condition of the skin, a beneficial effect on vision. Amaranth grains are used in many Indian dishes as the main ingredient, for example, in the Lados and Chikki.
1. Fried peach and papaya salad with amaranth popcorn
Grilled peach and papaya salad with amaranth popcorn is an ideal and delicious dish, best suited for a summer late breakfast.
By the way! Lunch means Brunch. Common meal in Britain and its former colonies. Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, which is usually served late in the morning or in the early evening, from 10:00 to 14:00.
To make roasted peach and papaya salad with amaranth, you will need:
- white vinegar;
- roasted amaranth seeds and amaranth popcorn;
- rice flakes;
- cherry tomatoes;
- and sunflower seeds.
2. Amaranth tick
Amaranth tikki is a healthier version of traditional Indian tikki.
By the way! Tikki or aluki are special Indian potato pancakes with greens and other ingredients.
Since amaranth does not contain gluten, it is an ideal health snack. At the same time, it is able to give dishes, in which is one of the ingredients, a special taste.
To cook amaranth tikki, amaranth seeds are pre-fried with other vegetables and herbs used to prepare the dish.
3. Chocolate Amaranth
Chocolate amaranth is one of the most delicious and healthy dishes for every lover of chocolate and sweets.
This dessert consists of chocolate and amaranth flour; a filling of airy cheese cream is used as a cake filler. Dessert served with chocolate sauce. This is a wonderful sweetness for those who can not live without chocolate, but wants to bring more benefits to their health by desserts.
How to cook
You will need the following ingredients:
- 3/4 cup amaranth flour;
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour;
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder;
- 2 eggs;
- 1/2 tsp salts;
- 1 cup cream cheese;
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (almond or hazelnut);
- 1/4 cup milk;
- 125 g dark complex chocolate;
- 200 ml of cream;
- 2 tablespoons of sugar;
- 1/2 cup coffee liqueur;
- 1/4 cup milk.
In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and salt. Make a well in the center and set the bowl aside.
In another bowl, beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Slowly add it to the flour mixture, stirring to form a dough. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more whole wheat flour. Knead well. This will require some effort. If the dough is still sticky, grease your hands a little, which will simplify the kneading process. Find a large work surface for mixing.
Once you get the soft dough, wrap it in a wrap and put it in the fridge for half an hour.
Divide the dough into four balls and roll it using a pasta machine to get the thinnest sheets. If you do not have such a machine, knead and roll using a rolling pin. In both cases, you will need extra flour to make it easier to roll the dough. If you use a rolling pin, try to make the dough as thin as possible.
Now prepare the stuffing. Put the cream cheese in a blender and beat for 1-2 minutes. It should become beautiful and smooth, and not too liquid. If it is too thick, add a little milk to dilute it. Add chopped nuts, mix well and set aside.
Cooking sauce. Cut the chocolate into small pieces and lightly melt it in a water bath. Heat cream and milk in another saucepan. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Remove from heat and pour into melted chocolate. Mix well using a wooden spatula. Remember that the sauce will thicken later, so make it a little thin.
Now you should add coffee liqueur and mix well. If it is still thick, add some more milk or cream.
Cut dough sheets into small rectangles using a pasta cutter. Place a sufficient amount of filling in the center of the sheet, leaving a small gap on the sides. Clean the sides with a small amount of water, roll up the sheet and clamp along the edges.
Take a large pot filled with water, add 2 tbsp. l sugar and bring to a boil. Add prepared blanks in small batches. Make sure you do not overfill the pot. Let them prepare, and then they will automatically float to the surface. After 2-3 minutes.
Pull them out of the pan and repeat the process with other batches. Place the cooked dessert in a serving dish and pour the sauce on top. You can additionally decorate with chocolate chips or fresh berries, if you want.
4. Amaranth Cupcakes
Amaranth muffins are made from seasonal berries and amaranth flour. They will be an excellent choice for those who can not imagine their life without cupcakes.
The most important thing is that such cupcakes are incredibly useful, do not pose a threat to health, do not provoke excess weight. Therefore, you can eat them in almost any quantity without any remorse.
How to cook
Ingredients for amaranth cupcakes:
- 1 cup wheat flour;
- 1 cup of amaranth flour;
- 1 teaspoon baking powder;
- a pinch of salt;
- 1 cup unsalted butter;
- 2 cups of sugar;
- 4 eggs;
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract;
- 1/2 cup of milk;
- 2 cups of finely chopped strawberries, plus a small strawberry for garnish;
- 100 grams of butter, soft;
- 200 g of cane sugar;
- 2 tbsp. strawberry compote.
Preheat oven to 100 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until light fluffy mass is obtained. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla extract and reduce the beating speed to a minimum. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the oil mixture, one tablespoon at a time. Add chopped strawberries. Clean the sides of the bowl. Add milk if the dough gets too thick.
Divide the dough between muffin cups, filling them. Bake muffins at 150 ° C for about 20 minutes. Or until the toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes stays dry.
Cooking cream. In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy, using an electric whisk. Add half the sugar cane and beat until smooth. Add the remaining sugar and strawberry compote, and beat the mixture until creamy. Add some milk if the mixture is too thick.
After the muffins are completely cool, cover them with cream. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
5. Amaranth cookies
Cookies are an ideal and traditional addition to tea, coffee, cocoa, milk and other beverages. Amaranth cookies are not only an ideal treat in terms of taste, but also a beneficial addition to your daily diet.
How to cook
To prepare one of the varieties of cookies, you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups amaranth flour;
- 1 teaspoon baking powder;
- 1/2 tsp salts;
- 1/2 spoon ginger;
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon;
- 1/8 tsp cardamom;
- 120 grams of sugar;
- 1/4 cup melted butter;
- 1/4 cup maple syrup;
- 1 cup grated carrot;
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped;
- 1/4 cup raisins.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix amaranth flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom in a large bowl and mix well.
In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, melted butter, and maple syrup. Beat together until smooth and then mix with the carrots.
Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until a smooth mass is obtained. Gently mix the walnuts and raisins.
Use hands to form small sized cookies. Place them relatively close to each other over the entire layer of the pan and bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
6. Amaranth granola with lemon yogurt, berry and calendula
This dish is prepared by Aloka Verma, a chef at The Imperial New Delhi. The dish is ideal for fans of fitness, a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. It is best to consume it for breakfast. Moreover, there is nothing complicated in cooking and it will not take much time.
By the way! Granola is a traditional US snack, as well as a breakfast dish made from it, containing rolled oatmeal, nuts and honey, and sometimes rice, which is usually baked to a crispy state. In this case, it is implied that granola is made from amaranth grains.
How to cook
To prepare the meal you will need the following ingredients.
- cup of amaranth popcorn;
- half a cup of oatmeal;
- 100 grams of ground almonds;
- a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon;
- 80 grams of sunflower seeds;
- sesame seeds – 60 g;
- 175 grams of honey;
- 45 grams of brown (cane) sugar;
- 3 grams of salt;
- 20 milliliters of olive oil;
- rind with the peel of one lemon;
- 2 cups plain yogurt (whipped with lemon peel);
- 150 grams of blueberries.
Mix amaranth, ovsyanku, almonds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Add honey, olive oil, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar to a bowl. Mix well. Apply the mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Bake until fried crust.
Stir and continue baking until lightly chapped, about 3 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
In small jars, alternately fold the granola, mix the berries and yogurt, garnish with calendula petals and serve.
7. Gluten Free Recipe for Tabbula Amaranth Salad
Foodhall Tabbouleh is a salad from Middle Eastern plants. This dish is the perfect combination of Indian and Middle Eastern flavors. To make amaranth-free gluten-free tabula salad, you will need amaranth, chickpea, onion, tomato, cucumber, mint leaves, lemon, olive oil, purse and pine nuts.
Historical fact. Amaranth, also known as Ramdana, is one of the oldest grains grown in India.
How to cook
Here is the complete list of ingredients required:
- 1 cup of amaranth;
- 1/2 cup boiled chickpeas;
- 1/2 cucumber;
- 1/2 onion;
- 1/2 cup tomato;
- 1/2 cup mint leaves;
- 1/2 cup of coriander;
- 1 cup leaf parsley;
- 1 tsp lemon peel;
- 2 tsp. lemon juice;
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil;
- 1 tsp sumach (spice of ground berries of one of the types of sumach);
- 3 tsp. pine nuts;
- salt to taste
Heat 1 cup of amaranth in a frying pan over low heat, stirring constantly, until the grains start to explode, becoming popcorn. Pour into a saucepan and add 3 cups of water. Cover and simmer for 15–20 minutes until most of the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and cool.
Peel the vegetables and cut them into cubes to make it:
- 1/2 cup cucumber;
- 1/2 cup onion;
- ½ cup of tomatoes;
- and as many fresh mint leaves and coriander;
- rinse and chop 1 cup flat parsley;
- combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and add salt, 1 teaspoon of lemon peel, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of soups, 3 teaspoons of pine nuts and 1/2 cup boiled chickpea;
Stir lightly to combine all the ingredients together and serve the salad chilled.
8. Ramdana Ki Chikki
Ramdana Ki Chikki is a crunchy treat for people who like to eat exotic sweet dishes.
This dish will not only delight your taste buds, but also keep your belly happy and healthy. For the manufacture of ramdana ki chikki. all you need to make this dessert, you will need amaranth grains and jaggery, cane sugar.
How to cook
You will need 250 grams of amaranth grains, 750 grams of jaggery and 3.5 glasses of pure water. The sequence of actions in the preparation of the following:
- warm up the pan well and pour amaranth grains;
- they will start to swell almost immediately;
- when all grains are swollen, pour them into another bowl;
- place cane sugar in water and dissolve it, heated over low heat;
- when the sugar is completely dissolved, increase the intensity of the fire and bring to a boil until a rather thick consistency is obtained;
- pour amaranth seeds into the mixture;
- Put in small slides on a plate and let it freeze.
We presented you unusual, but very interesting recipes for tasty and healthy food. Preparing such dishes is not so difficult. After all, all the ingredients can be purchased in ordinary supermarkets of the city. But now you will have the opportunity to taste dishes that amaze with their taste and amaze with their health benefits.