Friday, February 14, 2014

Seeds

We get Cereals from grasses. But seeds of some of the broad leaf plants are used just like cereals. They can be called #Pseudocereals. Some examples of pseudocereals are #Amaranth [ Love-Lies-bleeding, red amaranth, Prince-of-Wales-feather], #Buckwheat, #Flaxseed and Quinoa.
Recipes prepared using those Pseudocereals are listed here.

#Amaranth  is a leafy vegetable ( greens ) and its seed is also known as amaranth. Amaranth is nothing but widely used leafy vegetable called Thandu keerai or Mulai keerai in Tamil. The seeds of these plants are called #amarnath seeds or simply amaranth in Tamil. It is called Rajkir Kara in Chhattisgarh.
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

#Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed not a cereal. It is brownish pink or brown in color and triangular in shape.
#Buckwheat contains a glucoside called rutin, a phytochemical that strengthens capillary walls.
Research on D-chiro-inositol and PCOS has shown promising results.

#Flaxseed [ or #linseed ] : It is one of the richest sources of micronutrients, fiber and essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid or omega-3.

Links to the recipes of these seeds are given here.

Amaranth Plant Amaranth [ Amarantham or Amarnath ]
Buckwheat Flax or Flax Seeds
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Breakfast/Tiffin/Evening Snack
Amaranth Neer Kozhukattai [ Amaranth Dumpling ] Amaranth Adai [ Amaranth Pancake ] Amaranth & Corn Neer Kozhukattai [ Amaranth & Corn Dumpling ]
Amaranth Kozhukattai [ Amaranth Dumpling ] Amaranth Kuzhi Paniyaram Amaranth Roti
Buckwheat Pongal Buckwheat Neer Kozhukattai [ Buckwheat Dumpling ] Rawa Buckwheat Idly
Buckwheat Spinach Roti Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancake Buckwheat Rice Upma
Spinach Kuzhi Paniyaram Kambu Cauliflower Adai [ Bajra Cauliflower Pancake ] Oats Amaranth Neer Kozhukattai [ Oats Amaranth Dumpling ]
Amaranth Kuzhi Paniyaram with Venthaya keerai


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Powder
Flax and Poduthalai Powder Flax seeds powder for rice Idly milagai podi with flax seeds
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Soup
Buckwheat Soup Buckwheat & Coriander seeds Soup

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Sweet/Dessert/Payasam
Flax Urundai [ Flax Balls ] Buckwheat Payasam Amaranth Khuskhus Payasam
Amaranth Payasam 1 Amaranth Payasam 2 Buckwheat Sakkarai Pongal [ Buckwheat sweet Pongal ]
Amaranth Buckwheat Paruppu Payasam Amaranth Ragi Chikki Amaranth Buckwheat Paal Payasam