Amaranth is a grain that I have never heard about before until recently.
This grain actually have more protein per serving than any other grain. Why I’ve never heard of it? I have no idea.
What I also didn’t know is that this grain has a particularly unique trait to it.
You can pop it like popcorn! Crazy right?
Of course, when I found this out I just had to try 🙂
Okay, this process literally takes less than 10 seconds, but you have to be extremely careful.
All you are going to need is a pan or saucepan with a lid. Make sure it has a lid. These WILL pop everywhere.
It’s also important to only pop between 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time. Otherwise, I promise they’ll burn on you. Either that or not enough will pop before burning starts.
Heat up a pan on medium high to high heat. Test if it’s hot enough by dropping a little bit of water on it. If the water kind of “dances” and then evaporates, you’re ready to go. If not, let it get a bit hotter.
When you’re ready to pop, simply take a tablespoon of amaranth, spread it on, cover quickly, and then move the pan around while you watch them pop. Stop popping when I’d say 3/4th look popped. This tends to be the best way for me at least to not burn them. Whenever I let them pop longer than this, they burned. Pour them quickly into a bowl, and then move onto your next batch.
Let the pan cool off a bit and reheat between each batch. This just helps to prevent burning.
Okay so one serving of amaranth is 1/4 cup. This is how much you get when you pop that much.
Insane right? and yes, it does taste like popcorn 🙂
Look out for upcoming recipes with this unique ingredient!!
Question: Have you ever heard of amaranth or used amaranth before?