Amaranth flour is a gluten-free, protein-rich flour produced by grinding seeds from the amaranth plant into a fine powder. Amaranth’s name comes from the Greek for “immortal” or “everlasting.” Despite its many health benefits, amaranth makes no claim to endow its users with immortality but is so-named because its seed is virtually indestructible.
Health Benefits of Amaranth flour
Contains high-quality protein -- roughly 17 percent by weight
Its high levels of the amino acid lysine help your body to properly absorb calcium from the digestive tract.
Amaranth flour also has twice as much calcium -- ounce for ounce -- as cow’s milk
It has roughly five times the iron and three times the fiber of wheat flour. It’s also rich in other micronutrients, including potassium, phosphorus and, vitamins A and C.
Ideal for gluten intolerent individuals
How to use
Amaranth flour is one of the ingredients that is used during the navratri fasting days. Apart from making pooris, it is also used to make rotis, parathas, pakoras and even as a binding and thickening agent.
A Simple Recipe : Amaranth Paratha
Boil 2 small to medium potatoes and mash them.
Take the flour in a bowl and add the boiled potato, crushed green chili paste, cumin powder and rock salt (sendha namak). you can also add some chopped coriander and ginger paste. mix everything well.
Knead to a smooth dough and make parathas as usual.
Serve these parathas hot or warm with curd or any curry.
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