Data about this was published in 2015 by the Institute of Food Technologies (Chicago, Illinois, USA). Also, research data conducted by scientists from the United States of America states that tiny amaranth grain can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.
Amaranth is an ancient grain used in a variety of foods, such as soups, stews, sauces, cereals, cookies, bread, and more. In addition, its stems and leaves are also widely used in animal feed. Amaranth seeds
Amaranth seed has become popular in the USA in the last 20 years. The demand for it is due to high nutritional and agricultural properties. Amaranth grows quickly, is drought tolerant, can grow well on poor soils, and is easily grown during the year, yielding high yields in regions where conventional crops cannot grow.
Amaranth also contains a large amount of protein, minerals, vitamins of group B, lipids and is well absorbed.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Ciudad in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, have found in the course of research that amaranth grain can be used as a functional food. Amaranth-derived peptides can be used as ingredients in functional products used for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
How to cook amaranth seeds
So that you can fully enjoy the taste of amaranth, as well as feel its benefits on your body, we have prepared for you several ways to cook this grain. They are all pretty simple.
Below are also some more complex recipes, but they provide an opportunity to significantly diversify their traditional menu and amaranth diet (if you follow one).
Amaranth made from amaranth seeds is a wonderful porridge – an ideal breakfast option. For its preparation, you need to take half a glass of amaranth and one and a half glasses of water (or a different number of seeds, but stick to the appropriate proportions of water).
Secret! Instead of water, try apple juice! Very tasty and unusually obtained.
Amaranth and water should be placed in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, do not close the pan with the lid until all the water is absorbed. It takes about 20 minutes.
Be careful. If you overdo it, porridge may become too sticky. Therefore, do not digest it and serve immediately after cooking.
Such kinds of additives are well combined with porridge, as:
- sliced fruit;
- other sweeteners.
Warm up a dry frying pan and pour a spoonful of amaranth seeds onto it. Stir them and periodically shake the pan. When heated, the seeds will pop like popcorn. This is all due to the fact that they have a too dense surface, a crust that does not release moisture when heated – because of this it boils there and the seeds explode.
Amaranth popcorn can be eaten, both independently, by salting it or watering with molasses, and in other products, dishes:
- bakery products, etc.
For example, it is used even when cooking meat.
Amaranth seeds and other grains
Amaranth seeds are well combined with other seeds. For example, brown rice. Amaranth does not suppress its sticky consistency, but adds nutty sweetness. The following proportions are recommended – 1/4 cup of amaranth to 3/4 cup of another grain. And then cook this mixture, as usual.
Amaranth seeds in soups and stews
Amaranth is added to soups and stews. Amaranth seeds allow you to thicken the soup. A couple of tablespoons added to the soup is usually enough.
Note! In addition to its high protein content, amaranth seeds are high in fiber, iron and calcium.
Honestly, I do not even know how to properly name this dish. His recipe was met on one of the American sites, but, interestingly, the name was not there. Only it is written: “How to cook amaranth seeds.” Let it be “stew”, although as such it is not.
To prepare you will need the following ingredients:
- amaranth grain – 1 cup;
- green chili (finely chopped);
- ginger (finely chopped) – 1/2 tsp;
- chopped onion – 1;
- tomato (sliced) – 1;
- carrot (sliced) – 1 small;
- green peas – 1/2 cup;
- chilli pepper – 1 small;
- mustard seeds – 1 tsp;
- peas – 1 tsp;
- chickpeas – 1 tsp;
- asafoetida powder – 1/2 tsp (or replace with another spice);
- vegetable oil – 1-2 tsp
- Curry leaves – 1 stalk.
The following ingredients are needed for the garnish:
- grated coconut – 2 tablespoons;
- coriander leaves (finely chopped) – 2 tablespoons;
- lime juice – 1 tablespoon.
How to cook. Soak amaranth seeds overnight or 2-3 hours. Drain and rinse with clean water. If you skip this step, do not worry. You just need to cook amaranth seeds for a longer time.
To prepare amaranth seeds, add 3 parts of water to 1 part of amaranth. If you are cooking on the stove, add 3 cups of water to the pan, bring to a boil and add amaranth seeds. Periodically mix and cook until the water evaporates and the seeds are soft. Turn off the fire and set aside so that the amaranth has cooled. Amaranth seeds
Add butter and mustard seeds to the pan. When mustard seeds begin to pop, add peas and chickpeas. When the peas begin to turn red, add the spices, and then finely chopped green chilli, ginger, curry leaves, and finely chopped onions.
All this needs to be mixed and boiled until the onions become translucent. Add chopped tomato, carrot, green peas and paprika. Stir as it should. Close the lid, reduce the heat and cook in low heat for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When vegetables are being cooked, add the cooked amaranth seeds. Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes.
Turn off the heat and add grated coconut, finely chopped coriander leaves and lime juice. Mix and serve hot.
Note. You can add finely chopped beans, potatoes, beets, or such vegetables of your choice.
Naturally, this is not all ways of preparing amaranth seeds. There are many more. Some recipes are available on our website – use the search.