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Amazing Amaranth!

Published Apr 6, 2014, 6:41 am IST
Updated Apr 8, 2019, 3:58 am IST
Amaranth is a gluten-free grain with rich protein content and cholesterol- lowering properties
Pic for representation purpose,   Photo Courtesy: blog.bobsredmill
 Pic for representation purpose, Photo Courtesy: blog.bobsredmill

Hyderabad: While Amaranth might sound unfamiliar, many will know it by its Hindi name, Rajgira. It is the very same grain that is used during extended fasts and in children’s breakfast. Being a gluten-free grain, Amaranth is also easily digestible for people with gastric issues (eg: celiac disease).

This small, round wonder has a bunch of benefits to note:


Protein storehouse: As compared to other gluten-free grains, Amaranth boasts of an excellent amount of proteins. About 13 to 14 per cent of its composition is made up of proteins. Also, it is rich in lysine, an amino acid, which is missing or negligible in almost all other grains.

Heart-friendly: With its cholesterol lowering properties, it’s very popular among researchers for the past 14 years. Studies have shown that Amaranth lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and also reduces total cholesterol and triglycerides (fats in blood-stream that the body uses for energy) among patients with cardiovascular disease.


Vitamin and mineral rich: Amaranth is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron and fibre, as compared to its other gluten-free counterparts. So it’s a complete power-booster to keep you energised and fresh the whole day.

Tips to incorporate the healthy Amaranth in your daily meals:

Amaranth popcorn: Here’s a better way for kids to enjoy popcorn. Simply toast the seeds in a pan and keep stirring till they puff. Serve these puffed Amaranth seeds with milk for a healthy evening snack.

 Amaranth porridge: An easy-to-make breakfast porridge, it’s similar to the way we usually make oat porridge, but the Amaranth variety is more nutritious and tasty.


 Amaranth laddus (Rajgira laddus): These are our all-time favourite snacks. Many homemakers love to prepare these. They are also easily available in supermarkets.

Thickening agent: It is frequently used to coagulate soups and gravies, thus making the dish healthier.

Start using this tiny, nutritious grain as its power-packed qualities are hard to find and resist.