how to cook amaranth
What is Amaranth? How do you cook Amaranth?
Amaranth is a nutritional powerhouse, it is protein-rich, high in fiber and naturally gluten free. Amaranth is available as seeds, flakes, flour or puffed, it's often referred to as a grain, because of its taste and the way we cook it, but it is actually a seed. It can be confusing to cook as the seeds stay crunchy, they never completely soften, while a gelatinous porridge is created around them. Amaranth is ideal or breakfast porridge, muesli's, granola bars, soups and other slow cooked meals.
• 1 cup Certified Organic Amaranth Grain
• 2 1/2 cups water
Basic Amaranth - used as a side dish or a base for other healthy meals.
• Combine the amaranth and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
• Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed.
• Remove from the heat and rest for a further 5 minutes. Add salt to taste.
Puffed Amaranth - perfect to add to muesli, breakfast cereal or as a snack on its own.
• Pre-heat a heavy based saucepan on high. (It needs to be a saucepan rather than a frying pan because as the seeds puff, they jump!)
• Pour a single layer of raw amaranth into the heated saucepan and stir constantly to avoid burning the seeds.
• The grains will start to pop within about 10 seconds.
• Remove from the heat as soon as most of the seeds have popped so they don’t burn (approximately 10 - 30 seconds).
• Repeat until you have the desired amount of puffed amaranth.