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Popped Amaranth Cereal

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Amaranth is a tiny pseudograin and one of the oldest cultivated plants.
It's best known for it's use by ancient cultures of South America where it was a staple food together with corn and quinoa.

Amaranth seeds are relatively high in protein and therefore nice for vegetarians. They are also good for gluten sensitive people as they are free of gluten.

You can corporate amaranth in your diet by cooking it like rice and serving it as side dish. Or include it in dishes like casseroles or vegetarian burgers.

But the most fun you can get from these tiny seeds is popping them like popcorn.
Popped amaranth makes a delicious light and fluffy breakfast cereal. Mix it with milk, soymilk or yogurt. Combine it with oats and add fresh or dried fruits - just like regular cereals.
You can prepare them as a savory snack as well. They taste pretty similar to popcorn. Just use your favorite savory popcorn seasoning and sprinkle it on top of popped amaranth.


This instructable requires the use of a stove and a really hot pot. Please be careful, don't burn yourself or others.
If you want to do this project with kids be extra careful...
 
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Step 1: Materials needed

Picture of materials needed
Tools required:

a pot (I recommend using a pot with a heavy bottom)
a corresponding pot lid (preferably made of glass)
a spoon
a stove
either: a bowl or plate to put the popped amaranth in
or: a tea towel (If you want to make a bigger batch I recommend to spread the finished amaranth on a tea towel before you put it into a storage container)

Ingedients required:

amaranth grains


Popping amaranth is fairly easy and quick as soon you have a feeling for the process.
But be prepared to possibly to burn some amaranth at your very first attempts. It first takes a little practice - but then it's super easy. (At least thats what I experienced)

shizumadrive9 months ago
I've heard you can eat the leaves and most of the plant as well. Haven't tried it because the place that I saw it they used pesticides. I'd eat my own dandelions if not for the same reason
spunk (author)  shizumadrive9 months ago

Oh ja, last spring I collected some young dandelion leaves. They were a nice addition in potato salad : )

shizumadrive9 months ago
i could have used this a year ago I messed up first batch and second popped everywhere. tastes good and you can grow it super easily
spunk (author)  shizumadrive9 months ago

I also had trouble when I made them first. Lot's of burnt smell in the kitchen : )

I'd like to grow it as well, I read you can use the leaves like spinach. Have you tried it?

spunk (author) 9 months ago

Hej Petite Allergy Treats!

I've tried to pop other grains as well - but unfortunately with rather few success.

Although quinoa and amaranth look so similar - the quinoa popped only very little. When I tried to let it pop it was like one of ten grains popped open and the other nine just became crunchy. I considered the result as a improper breakfast cereal for me, but these toasted quinoa grains had a nice nutty flavor and I sprinkled them on top of a salad.

- I wonder if I had just lazy quinoa or if I used the wrong method.I think its really worth to do some further investigation (because as one out of ten popps - there is actual hope!)

By the way, I also tried:

Buckwheat - no popping at all...

Sorghum/Millet - no popping at all...

Rice - the grains became crunchy and looked a little bit like very very lean rice crispies. They weren't really nice to eat, much harder to chew than actual rice crispies

If you experiment with popping grains I would like to see the results!

Good luck on the amaranth hunt!

Greetings,

spunk

spunk (author)  spunk9 months ago

I'd like to clarify my comment above as I just realized sorghum and millet aren't really the same: For my experiments I used millet (the tiny grains) which didn't react in popping manner.

Apparently sorghum (the big grains) pops very well - there are several videos on youtube showing great result. I'd like to try it but I think sorghum is quite hard to get here...

Hi Spunk! Love your recipes! It seems we have similar diets.

I was wondering, do you know if this would work with Quinoa, since their so similar? It's been a challenge for me to find Amarath but Quinoa is very popular here in the USA and easily accessible.
Thanks,
Petite Allergy Treats