OTHER NAME : Amaranthus,Pigweed, Rajgira
BOTANICAL NAME : Amaranthus
PLANT FAMILY : Amaranthaceae
Amaranth grain is an ingredient of great interest due to its good nutritional composition, especially in respect of its very high content of vitamins and minerals. The unique combination of Mg, Ca, Fe, and folate in high levels can be used to supplement food products for celiacs, children, or pregnant women, in order to compensate nutritional deficiencies resulting from special diets or high requirements.
Amaranth primary constituents as squalene, tocopherols, phenolic compounds, phytates, and vitamins.
Amaranth is easy to prepare and can be used in many various dishes. Before cooking amaranth, you can sprout it by soaking it in water and then allowing the grains to germinate for one to three days. To cook amaranth, combine water with amaranth in a 3:1 ratio. Heat it until it reaches a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until the water is absorbed.