Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Purple Amaranth Cutlets

Amaranthus, a herb, is an ancient food of the Aztecs and Mayans of Central America and of India as well. It is collectively known as amaranth or pigweed. There are approximately 60 species.The seeds are eaten as a cereal grain. They are ground into flour, popped like popcorn, cooked into a porridge, and made into a confectionery called alegría. The seeds can be germinated into nutritious sprouts.
It is found useful in ailments such as:
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer
The nutrients found are-
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin A (12)

Purple Amaranth Cutlets
A bunch of amaranth(tender shoots)
3 potatoes
1large onion
5 flakes of garlic
1tsp ginger paste
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2cup chopped fresh mint
1/2tsp garam masala
1/2tsp chilli powder
freshly ground pepper
salt to taste
  • Wash and chop the amaranth leaves fine.
  • Mince the onion and garlic.
  • Saute onion, ginger paste and garlic. Add the amaranth, cover and cook.
  • Boil the potatoes, when cool enough to handle, peel and mash.
  • Combine all the ingredients together.

  • Shape into patties and roll into bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the cutlets till crisp.
  • Serve hot with ketchup.
Sending this for Side Dish Showdown.


  1. Purple Amaranth is so intriguing! I would love to try this!

  2. Another lovely and healthy dish. I will definitely love them but not too sure about my youngest daughter. She's not adventurous in food and dislikes vegetables. Well, I can eat all :P

  3. They look gorgeous. We don't have the leaves but I do have the seeds. But we always have other local leafy greens to use as a substitute.

  4. Oh! Not seen that around but even I did, I would not know. Looks like purple basil.

  5. I would like to try some. Wonder how it'll taste like!

  6. I wonder if I can find those greens here? I will try...looks tasty! I like what Divina says too... I can look for a substitue!
    Hey how do you know Divina?!!! So do I! Small world!

  7. Tragically I have never had amaranth before! Definitely need to try it...I love veggie patties.

  8. I never had a chance to try amaranth and haven't seen these here. By turning these into cutlets is the best way to feed kids.

  9. Hi Shirley,

    I am a great fan of healthy cooking, so I instantly loved your blog! I tried these cutlets yesterday and they came out superb! We generally don't use amaranth but this time I bought them just to make this recipe. Excellent idea. :)

  10. Hey Ekta,
    Good to see you! There is nothing more satisfying for a food blogger than to know a reader has tried a recipe and loved the dish! You have made my day. Hope to see more of you.

  11. These look sooooo good, Shirley. I think a spicy aioli might go well with these.

  12. I've never cooked with amaranth before. These look excellent! Love the spices you used. Thanks for sending it to the showdown!

  13. I am very much excited to try it.I was in long search for this recipe.

  14. I am just researching for my growing next year and was considering Amaranth, but was not sure. That is, until I saw your delicious recipe. They now have a pace allotted to them.



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