Amaranth is significantly more nutritious compared to wheat and rice. It is rich in proteins, iron, calcium, manganese, fiber and other nutrients. It is common to use this grain during fasting for vegetarians in India because higher protein foods make one feel fuller for longer. Here is a recipe you could use to include this high protein grain in your diet as everybody’s favorite, i.e. just cutlet snacks or burgers patties.
- Red- lentil (lal-masoor) – 1/2 cup dry boiled and cooked
- Amaranth (rajgeera) – 1/2 cup dry boiled and cooked
- Spinach – 2 cup of washed, drained and chopped
- Pomegranate kernels – 1/2 cup
- Potato – 1 medium sized boiled
- Almond flour – 1/4 cup
- Urad lentil flour – – 1/4 cup
- Amaranth flour (optional) – 1/4 cup
- Chia seeds – 2 tbs
- Flaxseed meal – 2 tbs
- Oil – just enough to shallow fry the patties
- Black pepper – 1 tsp
- Chaat masala – 1 tsp
- Dry mango powder – 1 tsp
- Red chili flakes – 1 tsp
- Salt – as per your taste
- First cook lentil and amaranth separately according to package. They need to be dry not watery. In case you feel some free water, then strain with a strainer.
- Now mix everything together and the mixture should look like this picture.
- Shape them into small patties and pan-fry them on griddle at medium heat.
When cooked right, these patties are crunchy outside and soft inside. You can serve these patties as cutlets or in burger for vegetarian patties. In the picture below, I used these patties in a waffle burger along with onions, cabbage, cucumber and radish. Serve with ketchup or cilantro mint chutney.