Amaranth (Thotakoora) greens are the best and easily available green leafy vegetable.But for me only this pink variety is available here in this part of the World..
Amaranth is an 8,000 year old crop called “Super-Food”,Ideal for Vegan/Vegetarian,Heart Healthy ,Suitable for Gluten-Free and Diabetic Diet.
Amaranth has High Nutritional Profile and Rich and Colourful History. Its flowers are mentioned in Poetry. Where the name amaranth comes from Greek which Means Never-Fading -Flower.
Amaranth is a Gluten-Free Nutritional Power House.This grows anywhere,even under difficult weather conditions no other food plant could sustain.Its seeds are also used in different ways.
Amaranth has mild flowery smell and nutty flavour.High in Calcium,Iron,protein,Magnesium,Fibre and Phytosterols which Scientists say plays part in prevention of all kinds of diseases
Read 10 reasons to use Amaranth in gluten-free diet on About.com
The Basic Amaranth Greens (Thotakoora) Fry.
Amaranth Leaves – 2 bunches or packs,pick leaves and tender stalks,wash and drain then chop finely.
Onion – 1 large finely chopped
Green chili – 2 sliced
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Garlic – 2 big pods grated
Mustard and Chanadal – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsps
Turmeric powder – 1/6 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – as per taste.
Prepare the amaranth(Thotakoora) leaves as said and keep.
Place a skillet or pan and add oil and heat,Drop the mustard and chanadal and fry a bit till it splutters.
Add the chopped onion,green chilli and curry leaves and saute till onion edges turn slightly brown.
Sprinkle the turmeric and coriander powders and stir ,throw in the chopped leaves and continue stirring till it wilts and cover cook 3-4 mins on low.
Now add garlic and salt mix well and fry 3 more mins and turn off heat.
Move into a serving dish.
For Variations We can add Egg or Yoghurt or Moong dal or Fresh Coconut to turn the basic fry into different Dishes.
Amaranth Fry with Eggs
Just add Eggs according to your requirement and stir fry till done.
For Amaranth Fry with Yoghurt
For this Dish Take the prepared fry into a bowl and add whisked yoghurt and salt and mix well.Ready to serve with rotis or chappatis.
For the Amaranth Moong Dal Fry
For this tasty dish soak a cup of Moong Dal for 30 mins and drain ,then add to the dish while in the process after adding the chopped leaves and continue as the recipe says.
Serve hot with rice or rotis.
For amaranth (With Fresh Coconut) Fry
Add a cup of fresh Coconut in the last process of this fry,i.e after adding garlic and salt add fresh coconut and do as the recipe says.
Tastes good when served with rice and dal or Pappu charu.Makes a good Andhra Meal.