Amaranth Greens(Pinks)Leafy Veg Recipes

Amaranth
Amaranth is another effective home remedy for hair disorders. Application of the fresh juice of the leaves of this vegetable helps the hair to retain its black colour and prevents it from premature greying. It also helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft.

Amaranth Greens/Pinks leafy Vegetable

Amaranth (Thotakoora) greens are the best and easily available green leafy vegetable.But for me only this pink variety is available here in this part of the World..

Amaranth is an 8,000 year old crop called “Super-Food”,Ideal for Vegan/Vegetarian,Heart Healthy ,Suitable for Gluten-Free and Diabetic Diet.

Amaranth has High Nutritional Profile and Rich and Colourful History. Its flowers are mentioned in Poetry. Where the name  amaranth comes from Greek  which Means Never-Fading -Flower.

Amaranth is a Gluten-Free Nutritional Power House.This grows anywhere,even under difficult weather conditions no other food plant could sustain.Its seeds are also used in different ways.

Amaranth has mild flowery smell and nutty flavour.High in Calcium,Iron,protein,Magnesium,Fibre and Phytosterols which Scientists say plays part in prevention of all kinds of diseases

Read 10 reasons to use Amaranth in gluten-free diet on About.com

The Basic Amaranth Greens (Thotakoora) Fry.

Amaranth Fry

Ingredients

Amaranth  Leaves – 2 bunches or packs,pick leaves and tender stalks,wash                                                     and drain then chop finely.

Onion – 1 large finely chopped

Green chili – 2 sliced

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Garlic – 2 big pods grated

Mustard and Chanadal – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 2 tbsps

Turmeric powder – 1/6 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as per taste.

Method

Prepare the amaranth(Thotakoora) leaves as said and keep.

Place a skillet or pan and add oil and heat,Drop the mustard and chanadal and fry a bit till it splutters.

Add the chopped onion,green chilli and curry leaves and saute till onion edges turn slightly brown.

Sprinkle the turmeric and coriander powders and stir ,throw in the chopped leaves and continue stirring till it wilts and cover cook 3-4 mins on low.

Now add garlic and salt mix well and fry 3 more mins and turn off heat.

Move into a serving dish.

For Variations We can add Egg or Yoghurt or Moong dal or Fresh Coconut to turn the basic fry into different Dishes.

Three dishes with Amaranth

Amaranth Fry with Eggs

Amaranth Fry with Egg

Just add Eggs according to your requirement and stir fry till done.

For Amaranth Fry with Yoghurt

Amaranth Fry with Yoghurt

For this Dish Take the prepared fry into a bowl and add whisked yoghurt and salt and mix well.Ready to serve with rotis or chappatis.

For the Amaranth Moong Dal Fry

For this tasty dish soak a cup of Moong Dal for 30 mins and drain ,then add to the dish while in the process after adding the chopped leaves and continue as the recipe says.

Serve hot with rice or rotis.

For amaranth  (With Fresh Coconut) Fry

Add a cup of fresh Coconut in the last process of this fry,i.e after adding garlic and salt add fresh coconut and do as the recipe says.

Tastes good when served with rice and dal or Pappu charu.Makes a good Andhra Meal