Discovering Ancient Grains: What is Amaranth?

| 5/9/2013 9:35:00 AM

discovering amaranthThis tiny “grain”—actually a seed—has a rich history dating back 8,000 years when it was first cultivated in Mesoamerica. The ancient Aztecs relied on amaranth as a food staple and used it in religious rituals, earning it the name “golden grain of the gods.” Use amaranth in porridge, polenta and quick breads. It’s a good source of protein, magnesium, iron and dietary fiber.

Savory Amaranth Fritters Recipe

These savory cakes make a delicious appetizer or side dish.

savory amaranth fritters 

• 1 cup amaranth
• 2 tablespoons diced onion
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1-1/2 cups vegetable stock
• 1 egg
• 2 tablespoons unbleached white
• Flour
• 1 tablespoon chopped basil
• Oil, to fry

1. Place amaranth, onion, garlic, salt and stock in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat and cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 40 minutes.

2. Transfer amaranth to a bowl and let cool. Add egg, flour and basil; mix well.