Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Amaranth Pancake

#AmaranthPancake or #AmaranthAdai :
#Amaranth is a leafy vegetable ( greens ) and a 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 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. 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
Amaranth or Amarantham
Amaranth seeds contain lysine, an essential amino acid, limited in other grains or plant sources. Amaranth too is limited in some essential amino acids, such as leucine and threonine. Amaranth seeds are therefore promising complement to common grains such as wheat germ, oats, corn because these common grains are abundant sources of essential amino acids found to be limited in amaranth.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth

Yesterday, I came back fully loaded with Palak greens from local market. It would get spoiled in this hot Summer even if I store them in fridge. So I decided to prepare dinner using palak. This is how I made use of a good amount of greens yesterday.

Amaranth Adai [ Amaranth Pancake ]

Ingredients :
1/2 cup                                 whole wheat flour
1/2 cup                                 Amaranth flour
1/4 cup                                 Green gram flour
2 Tsp                                   Rice flour
1/2 Tsp                                 Salt
1/4 cup                                 Onion nicely chopped
1 cup                                    Palak nicely chopped
2 Tsp                                   Coriander leaves finely chopped
5 or 6                                   Curry leaves
Oil to make adai.

Method :
Take all the given flours in a wide mouthed vessel.
Mix well by adding a cup of water and prepare a slightly thick batter just like idly batter.
Now add onion and greens. Mix well.
Keep a tawa on a stove over a medium flame.
Spread oil over the tawa.
Now place 2 ladle full of batter and spread using the back of the ladle.
Sprinkle oil along the rims of the adai and also over it.
Close with a lid.
Amaranth Adai [ Amaranth Pancake ]

When the adai turns to golden color along the rim flip the side to cook.

Amaranth Adai [ Amaranth Pancake ]

When both sides are done then transfer on to a plate.

Amaranth Adai [ Amaranth Pancake ]

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

Amaranth Adai [ Amaranth Pancake ]

Note :
Green gram flour can be replaced with Besan [ Gram flour ].
Spinach or drum stick leaves can also be used instead of palak.

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Parangikai Adai [ Pumpkin Pancake ]
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Arisi Roti [Rice Pancake ]
Arisi Roti
Kezhvaragu Adai [ Ragi Pancake]
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