Benefits of Amaranth (Rajgira) flour

If you have still not added this locally grown, nutrient-packed seed into your diet,there’s no time like the present to make it  part of a healthy lifestyle.  Amaranth, locally known as Rajgira, is a complete vegetarian source of  protein and  contains all the 9 essential amino acids needed by the body.  Some studies also show that the protein found in amaranth is almost as good as animal protein.

 

Amaranth is:

  • Gluten- free: So if you suffer from a gluten allergy, add this tasty protein-rich grain to your diet.
  • The only grain, which contains Vitamin C.
  • Is high in iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.
  • Has twice the amount of calcium as milk.
  • Has far more lysine, an amino acid, than any other grain, which is needed by the body to metabolise fatty acids, absorb calcium and is necessary for strong, healthy, thick hair.
  • Has five times the amount of iron and three times the amount of fibre, compared to whole wheat flour.

 

 

Besides eating it like a porridge, you can also make it into  delicious rotis, parathas and daliya.  Or if you like, you can pop the seeds and eat it like popcorn or  make them into kheer and chikki, for a tasty, nutrition-packed dessert. It is also easily available, offers a plethora of health benefits and will not burn a hole in your pocket.

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