Have you heard about Amaranth yet? It’s one of the superfoods that’s really gaining interest in 2015 – and for good reason! Along with buckwheat and quinoa, amaranth is one of the few plant sources to offer a complete set of amino acids (including lysine, an amino acid missing in many other grains), making it a rare plant source of complete protein. It’s naturally gluten-free and a good source of protein (around 26 grams per cup) and fiber (about 6 grams per cup).
Amaranth has a mild flavor on its own. It’s both sweet and nutty, and it’s a popular addition to many vegetarian/vegan recipes. The recipe for Tangy Vegan Amaranth Patties was adapted from Tartine and Apron Strings: Amaranth Patties.
It has been reconstructed into a completely vegan and gluten-free meal and they’re so addictive! This recipe yields 20-25 patties, but you may end up eating them all yourself– seriously.
- 1 c. amaranth
- 2 c. water
- 1/2 onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 tbsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp. mustard powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- egg substitute for 1 egg (check the measurements on the package you use)
- 1.5 c. gluten-free bread crumbs
- 1/2 c. nutritional yeast
- 1/4 c. raw cashew meal (or finely ground cashews)
- 1/4 c. sesame seeds
- Avocado oil for frying
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot and add the amaranth, stirring well. Lower the heat until the water reaches a gentle simmer. Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or according to package instructions.
- In a small pan, sauté onion and garlic in a small amount of avocado oil (or other high temp oil) for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add salt, black pepper, turmeric and mustard powder to the pan and toast, stirring continuously for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat source and set aside.
- When the amaranth is finished cooking, pour the turmeric onion mixture into the amaranth and stir until combined. All to cool to the touch.
- Using enough egg substitute for 1 egg, add it to the cooled amaranth mixture.
- In a shallow bowl, mix together gluten-free bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, raw cashew meal, and sesame seeds.
- Take about a tablespoon or two of amaranth in one hand and drop it into the breadcrumb mixture. Cover the amaranth in breadcrumb mixture with your other hand.
- Shape it into a small ball in the palm of your hands, then lay it gently on a tray lined with parchment paper. Slightly flatten the ball into a patty. It may be crumbly and that’s okay.
- Continue this process until all the amaranth is breaded.
- Heat avocado oil in a pan to 375 F (190 C). Ensure you have enough oil to cover at least half the height of your patties. Careful that the oil does not pop back on you!
- Fry one side of the patties until golden, about 45-60 seconds. Flip the patties and cook the other side for another 45-60 seconds. Make sure the patties are not too soft. If they are, cook longer, another 10 to 15 seconds per side.
- Remove and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
- If the patties still seem too soft, place them under a broiler for 3-4 minutes and that should do the trick.
This recipe ought to take approximately 1 hour to prepare and cook and yields 20-25 small-medium patties. Be kind – share this treat with your friends and family!
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