Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Amaranth Dumpling

#AmaranthKozhukattai #AmaranthDumling : #Amaranth is a leafy vegetable ( greens ) and also refers to its seed. Amaranth is nothing but widely used leafy vegetable called Thandu keerai or Mulai keerai in Tamil. The seeds are called amarnath seeds or amaranth in Tamil. It is called Rajkir Kara in Chhattisgarh.
There are many varieties of amaranth. Some are cultivated for food and some are grown as ornamental plants and some grow in wild. The leaves of some amaranth are in green in color, some are green and red in the middle and fully red in color. The whole plant is edible. The leaves are used as leafy vegetable, the stem is also cooked and the seeds are also used to make dishes. Even the white roots are cleaned, peeled and used in the preparation of sambar. Some amaranth flowers are strikingly beautiful and red in color and which produce lots of seeds. All the seeds are edible whether its cultivated or garden or wild varieties .
To know more about the plant
Amaranth Plant

Several studies have shown that like oats, amaranth seed or oil may be of benefit for those with hypertension and cardiovascular disease; regular consumption reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while improving antioxidant status and some immune parameters
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth

Amaranth

Here we will see the preparation of dumpling using this seed.

Amaranth Dumpling



Ingredients :
1/4 cup                                             Amaranth
1/4 cup                                             Rice Flour
1/4 cup                                             Oats soft
1/4 cup                                             Coconut scrap
1/2 Tsp                                             Salt

To Temper :
1 Tsp                                                Mustard
1 Tsp                                                Black gram [ urad dal ]
2 Tsp                                                Bengal gram [ channa dal ]
3 Tsp                                                Pea nut [ ground nut ]
1 or 2                                                Red chilly, break into small pieces
10 or 12                                            Curry leaves
1/4 Tsp                                             Asafoetida powder
2 Tsp                                                Oil

Method :
Mix all the given ingredients by adding enough water.
Make a slightly thick dough.
Allow it to stand for half an hour.

After half an hour keep a kadai over a slow flame.
Crackle mustard seeds and then add red chilly pieces & all the dals.
Roast them until golden color.
Then add curry leaves and asafoetida powder.
Turn off the stove and transfer onto the dough.
Mix well.

Now keep Idly maker with three cups of water on the stove.
Turn ON the stove and heat over a medium flame.
Grease the pits of idly plate with oil.
Now make dumplings and arrange over the greased idly plate.


Steam cook for 7 to 10 minutes.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.

Amaranth Kozhukkattai

It also tastes good without any side dish.
I felt that this dumpling is very tasty compared to all that I have prepared so far!!





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