amaranth-porridge

Amaranth (Rajgira) Porridge with Nuts & Raisins

What is Amaranth?

Amaranth is a very light and versatile millet. It is high in protein, calcium, iron and magnesium among other nutrients. Being easy to digest, it is one of my favourite breakfast items. It is available as a seed and also as a puffed up form of the seed. I recommend both of them.

You would need to cook the seeds as shown in this recipe but it can also be eaten uncooked in its puffed form as it is already cooked there. You can top with some plant-based milk and nuts and raisins for crunch and sweetness.

Many Names

Amaranth goes by many names in India and is variously called rajgira, chaulai, seel, marsa, keera and pung etc. The vernacular names are sourced from the book Bhule Bisre Anaj by Navdanya.

Although it is counted as a millet, it is actually a pseudo-millet as it is technically not a grain. It is actually a seed like buckwheat and quinoa. This is why it is popular during “navratra” fasting period where people avoid eating grains and cereals.

 

It is a familiar food in India eaten on the fasting days in the form of laddus and chikkis. Recent research has revealed many health promoting facts about this wonder grain.

Nutritional benefits

Rajgira or amaranth is a very good source of protein containing 15 to 17 percent protein by weight. It is a good source of essential amino acids, especially lysine which is present in higher levels as compared to other cereals. It has more than 20 percent of the recommended daily amount of calcium, iron and magnesium. It is rich in tocotrienols and phytosterols, the two phytochemicals known to help reduce cholesterol. This millet is also a good source of potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and vitamin C.

This recipe is cooked but you can also enjoy puffed amaranth in oats or morning cereals.

Hot Amaranth Porridge Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup un-puffed amaranth seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins or 2 tbsp organic jaggery (avoid if diabetic)
  • 6 slivered almonds

Method:

  1. Soak the amaranth in water for 10 mins
  2. Wash thoroughly by rinsing 2 times
  3. Drain and add 2 cups of fresh water
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 mins till the water is almost gone. Each seed would have a tiny sprout like tendril that opens up when cooked.
  5. If you are using jaggery, you can add that half way after 5 minutes of cooking
  6. Once cooked thoroughly, add the coconut milk and cinnamon and heat till desired temperature. There is no need to boil plant-based milks. You can also have it cold.
  7. Switch off the heat and add the dates or raisins
  8. Garnish with chopped almonds

Enjoy your delicious and nutritious breakfast!

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Comments 8

  1. Lakshmi
    May 24, 2016

    Hi the amaranth pooridge recipe was very interesting and useful. I bought amaranth but did not know how to use it. Thanks for d recipe

    1. admin
      May 27, 2016

      You are very welcome. It’s my favourite morning cereal too! Anything else that you have lying around that you don’t know how to cook, drop me a line! 🙂

  2. Amritha Pitti
    June 14, 2016

    Hi Nandini,

    Have been waiting to try this recipe but on hold. Needed a clarification. Where do we get Unpuffed amarnath seeds. Is it the whole seeds when you say un-puffed? and Thank you for sharing the recipes.

    1. admin
      July 2, 2016

      Where are you located Amritha? You can get it at most organic or Natural food stores. Both Navdanya in Delhi and SOS Organics carry amaranth seeds in un-puffed and puffed versions. Let me know if you are unable to find it.

  3. Sravanthi
    August 18, 2016

    Hi Nandini,

    Amaranth porridge recipe is very healthy .thanks for sharing the recipe .
    Can u please inform me where I can get this ingredient . I am staying in Hyderabad .

    1. admin
      August 27, 2016

      I am really not sure about Hyderabad but I will investigate. Do you have any organic stores there? If you could join my FB group and post the comment there, I can tag some of the people from Hyderabad for their help.

  4. Anita Jaipuria
    November 6, 2017

    Thank u.. I want to use puffed amaranth.so do I need to still wash and add water.

    1. admin
      February 13, 2018

      There is no need to wash puffed amaranth. It is washed and then roasted.

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