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Sick of kale? Try Amaranth greens, the new new superfood


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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:51 PM

I understand that amaranth greens will be available in local markets in the next few weeks. I've never had them, so I looked into what they are, how to prepare them, etc.

 

The food is widely used in Indian cooking, and goes by several names (cheera, chaulai, etc). Both the seeds and leaves are used. The leaves may be steamed, mashed, fried, etc.  Treat them like spinach, this site says.

 

 

Sailaja Gudivada in her popular blog Sailu’s Kitchen uses the leaves to make an interesting snack called thotakura undalu, which are crispy balls tempered with sesame seeds, curry leaves, chillies, hing and mustard seeds; and a mustard flavoured, tangy stew called thotakura ava pulusu.

She says, “Amaranth leaves are much loved in our home and take the form of stir fry, dal and stew in our daily meals. In recent past, I have used these nutritious greens along with chick pea flour (besan) to prepare fritters. They are easy to make, work great as appetizers for parties and also make for a wonderful tea time snack.”

 

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:34 PM

It makes me nostalgic for my old friend, the Brooklyn Porridge Company.


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:13 PM

I use the seeds as a starch base for duck breast all the time. I didn't even know there were greens you could eat.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:46 PM

big in China too 


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:54 PM

there's some recipes in the zac pellacio book eat with your hands and the hartwood book that use them.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 11:05 PM

I use the seeds as a starch base for duck breast all the time. I didn't even know there were greens you could eat.

 

You mean you feed your ducks the seeds before cooking? smart choice. 

 

We get the greens in Mexico, and sometimes in the Asian markets in Tokyo. Good stir fry although they bleed pink. 


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 03:46 AM

No, I mean I make a mush from them that I put under the duck breast, with whatever fanciful fruit sauce I concoct (gooseberries coming soon!) on top.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:45 PM

Can't understand why on God's good earth, anyone would be sick of kale.



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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:09 PM

Rich, totally agree!  An elaborate kale salad is one of my favorite dishes.  Cooked kale is good also.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:15 PM

Can't understand why on God's good earth, anyone would be sick of kale.

 

Sick of Kale might be a good name for a horse.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:46 PM

...or Kaleless. Sounds like a name Superman would give his son.



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Posted 16 May 2017 - 10:48 PM

N has made them a few times, and just picked up a bunch at the farmer's market on Sunday.


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