Red Amaranth leaves have now become a western India classic known as “laal math”in Maharashtra or “taamri bhaaji” in Goa. The seeds are Gluten free like Quinoa, can be treated in all ways that quinoa can and have exactly the same Nutritional value as quinoa. Yes the advantage is that Quinoa can grow in moderate drought conditions and has been of interest to the Indian Farmers for this reason, but in this rush to the supermarkets to applaud the wonder grain we should stop by a street vendor selling ramdaane ke laddu, eat one and smile for “Amaranth the torch bearer”
AMARANTH SHAMMI KEBAB
Amaranth seeds – 1 cup
Black pepper (whole) – ¼ tsp
Black cardamon seeds – ¼ tsp
Red chilly (whole) – ½ piece
Roasted Chana dal flour – ¼ cup
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Ghee – 1 tsp
1. Boil the amaranth seeds with double the water and whole spices for 25 minutes, till it absorbs the water.
2. Drain the excess water. Blend the amaranth mixture to a paste.
3. Add the garam masala and then the roasted chana besan to bind the mixture. Make patties.
4. Coat with popped amaranth seeds or bread crumbs. Shallow fry in ghee and serve hot.