When the Space Shuttle Atlantis made its maiden voyage out of Earth’s atmosphere on October 3, 1985, NASA chefs prepared amaranth cookies for the astronauts to carry during the mission. And what is amaranth? The humble rajgira, the grain that’s been a part of Indian cuisine for centuries, while the west is quite recently waking up to its benefits!
Known by many names, rajgira, ramdana, amaranth and chaulai, this royal grain is also titled as ‘god’s own grain!’ Whether you are on a gluten-free diet, preparing for fasts or simply looking for an exciting ingredient to pep up your winter meals – don’t look beyond rajgira. Not just the seeds, even the amaranth leaves have gained so much fame and has emerged as a ‘trending superfood’ all over the world. We can’t help but tell you more about this wonderful grain and how you should make it a part of your winter diet, without fail!
Starting with the health reasons
How can you make the most of it?
From our khazana, to your kitchen!
Rajgira Kadhi: The definition of comfort food in winters is kadhi-chawal. Move over the regular besan ki kadhi and try this with rajgira instead. It will keep you warm on the inside and soothe your taste buds.
Rajgira Puri Aloo Sabzi Canapes: Presenting a fancier way to serve the popular vrat combo, aloo puri. Treat your guests to something healthier, tastier and extremely tempting this festive season!
Amaranth Greens on Bhakri: Not just the flour, here’s something enticing to make with amaranth greens as well. Amaranth micro greens cooked with onion, garlic, green chillies and served over tiny and crispy bhakris. Time to enjoy.
Winter Salad with Amaranth: Well, winter just got better. Here’s a vibrant and power-packed salad prepared with fresh vegetables and puffed amaranth to add to your daily menus. Not just a good dose of health but full of flavour too.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.