Amaranth becomes a truly international product. It is increasingly used in cooking in different countries. Formed even the tradition of cooking amaranth food. Some are based on current trends.
For example, many housewives are just crazy about waffle irons. They are looking for original recipes for making sweet and aromatic pastries. And here they come to the aid amaranth! After all, it is one of the ingredients of delicious and healthy waffles. The corresponding recipe is published on the Asian Age website. In the same place – the recipe of original salad. And some information about the health benefits of amaranth.
We publish for you a translation of an article written by Shilpi Madan. Leaving the original narrative style.
Amaranth in Asia
When you’re in Mumbai, be sure to stop by the famous Japanese restaurant Yuuka, and enjoy unsurpassed avocado tartar with a delicious amaranth pie, served with spicy corn sauce.
Nutritional amaranth has gone from the sacred Aztec grain to products focused on the healing of various diseases and strengthening the immune system.
This grain, chosen by fans of a healthy lifestyle, is very tender. Its color depends on the variety and ranges from green to purple-red. He has excellent nutritional properties.
As chef Sarah Todd notes: “Amaranth is a treasure. It is tasty, it has an extremely high nutrient content. And this is a fantastic grain that allows you to fill the diet with high-quality vegetable protein. There is no gluten in it at all. More importantly, it is a super product that is readily available in India. It is much cheaper than quinoa, but it contains three times more protein in amaranth. In addition, you can use amaranth for salads and dishes that will be even more useful. ”
Note! Amaranth is a protein source of energy from the plant kingdom, making it an excellent choice for vegetarians. It also helps in building muscle mass and increasing the level of endurance of people.
In addition to the above, it should be noted that in amaranth all parts are edible:
- the roots.
Therefore, the plant is a universal component for products and dishes of various types. It is used in a variety of recipes.
“Amaranth is also rich in antioxidants and allows you to make your skin and hair radiant and healthy,” says Dr. Pratibha Sucre from Mumbai, a general practitioner. “Since amaranth regulates cholesterol and strengthens bones and eyesight, it is the preferred product for inclusion in the daily diet, especially for women,” she adds.
Bringing amaranth into your daily diet can be done in different ways. For example, as a green salad. Amaranth is a real vitamin cocktail that will fill your plate with food with vitamins and minerals.
A nutritionist from Chennai Dipaleha Banerjee suggests: “Boil amaranth to make a salad with flax seeds. Or cook amaranth with rice, add sauce to a new dish. This dish goes well with chicken. ”
Amaranth seeds can be used in different ways. For example, they can sprinkle a salad to get a wonderful crunchy effect. Or cook the soup by adding some seeds. A good option is to add seeds to pancakes. In general, an innumerable number of options.
This is what chef Sarin Madhiyan from Tappa restaurant in Mumbai says: “Amaranth is a great alternative for people with intolerance to wheat and other cereals. It is easy to prepare and is easily absorbed by the body; it is low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, making it an ideal ingredient for anyone who cares about their health. ”
Amaranth salad. Recipe by Sarah Todd
To make this salad, you need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of amaranth seeds, pre-soaked overnight;
- 2 medium heads of broccoli, cut into small florets;
- ¼ cup almond nuts;
- ¼ cups of sesame seeds;
- ¼ cup of sunflower seeds;
- a cup of raisins;
- 50 g of feta;
- ¼ cups of red wine vinegar;
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced for dressing of avocado and chili, lime;
- 1 mid-season avocado, with and without peel;
- juice of one lemon;
- one lime juice;
- 2 tablespoons of red vinegar;
- 1 tablespoon honey;
- ½ fresh green chilli, chopped into small pieces;
- ½ cup basil leaves;
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
How to make a salad with amaranth
Strain amaranth and pour into a saucepan with water, cook for 30 minutes. Put a colander on top of the pan and put broccoli in it so that it is steamed until the inflorescences are soft but firm. Cool broccoli immediately in ice water. Drain and set aside. After cooking amaranth, let it cool to room temperature.
To pickle the onions in a small bowl, pour the red wine vinegar, fold the onion into pieces and allow it to stand for ten minutes. Or let it stand until you use it in salad preparation.
In a small skillet over medium heat, fry the almonds for one minute until it turns slightly golden. Add amaranth, broccoli, nuts, seeds and raisins to a large salad bowl. Mix all this thoroughly. Strain the pickled onions and place in a large salad bowl, mix.
To prepare the dressing, place all remaining ingredients in a blender and mix at medium speed / power for 30 seconds. Pour dressing salad. Add the feta and almonds and mix slightly, then season to taste and serve.
For their preparation you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 whole chicken eggs;
- 1 cup cashew;
- 1/3 cup almond milk;
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup;
- 3 tablespoons of natural coconut oil;
- 1 tablespoon tea powder
- 1 tablespoon salt;
- ¾ tablespoon of baking soda;
- 3 tablespoons of amaranth flour.
How to make amaranth waffles
Heat the waffle iron and sprinkle lightly with vegetable oil to keep the waffles from burning. You can apply some coconut oil if you do not have a special non-stick spray.
Mix eggs, cashews, almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil, and tea powder until smooth. Add salt, baking soda and amaranth flour and mix again, mix everything thoroughly. You should get the batter pouring from the spoon.
Put one or two tablespoons of batter in a waffle iron and cook for one to two minutes. Or more, if necessary for the final preparation of waffles.
Lift the lid, remove the waffle from the waffle iron and set aside. Repeat with the remaining batter. Waffles can be eaten, both by themselves, and served with various additives – sauces, berries, seafood and even meat. It all depends on your taste preferences.