How long to cook amaranth?

Soak amaranth seeds for 3 hours, cook for 30-35 minutes after boiling.

How to cook amaranth

You will need – amaranth, water

1. Carefully sort out amaranth seeds from debris and possible stones.
2. Pour the product into a bowl and add water.
3. Soak for 3 hours.
4. Put 2 layers of gauze on the bottom of the colander and pour amaranth.
5. Rinse the seeds with cold water and drain.
6. Pour 3 cups of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
7. When the water boils, add 1 cup of amaranth seeds. They should pop up right away.
8. Add salt with the expectation of 1 cup of grains half a teaspoon of salt.
9. Cover the pan with a lid, because during cooking, the amaranth bursts and shoots up.
10. Cook for 35 minutes. Ready grains should sink to the bottom of the container.
11. Stir the contents of the pan every 5 minutes. In order not to burn yourself, use a spoon with a long handle.

Tasty Facts

Amaranth is the common name for annual herbaceous plants. There are a large number of varieties, among which there are both weeds and crops.

– The name of the plant is translated from Greek as “unfading flower”. A dried plant can retain its shape for more than 4 months. In Russia, it may be known under other names: amaranth, cat’s tail, cockscombs.

– In Russia, amaranth appeared in the early 1900s, and was immediately ranked among the weeds.

– In the 15th century, the amaranth flower was chosen as the coat of arms of the Vespasiano Colonna family, but only after his death, by the decision of his wife Giulia Gonzaga.

Amaranth is native to South America From there, he went to India, where he began to expand throughout Asia and Europe. In Russia, amaranth is well received in the Krasnodar Territory, where entire fields are cultivated.

– Amaranth leaves and seeds can be used in cooking . The leaves of the plant are similar to spinach and can be added fresh to salads. They can be dried, salted, pickled. From grains and seeds, you can cook porridge and other hot dishes.

– From amaranth, edible and healing amaranth oil is obtained, containing the substance squalene. It is considered the most powerful healing agent with an antitumor effect, is a strong immunostimulant and creates obstacles to cancerous effects on the cells of the human body. Due to its healing properties, amaranth has been recognized by the UN Production Commission as a “culture of the 21st century.”

– It can be used not only for decorative or food purposes, but can also act as a fodder crop. The grains and seeds are suitable for feeding poultry, while the leaves are suitable for cattle and pigs.