Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry/ Rajgira Bhaji


A Greek song:

Look at the amaranth:
on tall mountains it grows,
on the very stones and rocks
and places inaccessible.

Red and Green Amaranth Leaves are not new in my home because of their nutritional value & also the reasonable cost & availability throughout the year!! Their are many variations of this vegetable right from dals to stir fries, however I am going to share one of the basic stir fry recipe here.

                                                                      Nutrition Facts about Amaranth
It is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin, and a very good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.

Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry / Rajgira Bhaji
Serves: 3-4                                Preparation Time: 10 mins                      Cooking Time: 10 mins
1 bunch freshly picked Green Amaranth Leaves (washed & drained)
1 onion, finely chopped
4-5 green chillies, finely chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
pinch of haldi
2 tbspn masoor dal/ moong dal (washed & drained)
4 tbspn oil
salt as per taste
Step 1: Roughly cut the Amaranth leaves.
Step 2: Heat oil. Add garlic. Saute till it turns pink. Add green chillies. Saute for 30 secs.
Step 3: Add onion. Saute till it turns pink & translucent. Add haldi.
Step 4: Add amaranth leaves. Sprinkle salt. Add moong/ masoor dal & mix well. Let it cook uncovered.
Step 5: Keep stirring in between till the stalks are cooked & there is no more water left. It will take approx. 7-8 mins.
Step 6: Saute on high flame for few secs.
Step 7: Turn off heat & serve with chapatis.
Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry


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