Amaranth is a gluten free seed also called rajgira and the flour made from it is earthy flavoured whole grain. Rajgira is a popular ingredient at the time of fasting and Navratri of North India and some parts of South India. Besides flatbreads, amaranth flour can also be used in making pancakes, baked breads, cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, cookies, and more.
Health benefits of Amaranth
- Amaranth is one of the rare ingredients with all 9 essential amino acids; especially beneficial lysine which is hardly found in many cereals. Lysine helps in maximum calcium absorption from the digestive tract. That makes it has protein roughly about 17% of its weight. Doesn’t that sound like a lot of protein? Yes, it is.
- Amaranth flour is rich in fatty acids which also tocotrienol, a potent form of vitamin E.
- Amaranth is also naturally gluten free and is a fair source of iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, hence is a boon to our health.
Here are a handful of recipes which use amaranth flour to be prepared. Explore the possibilities of various recipes with Amaranth flour and derive its benefits by including it occasionally in your diet.