Amaranth Grains vs Puffed Amaranth

Amaranth – pop it!

Amaranth is mainly available in two different versions: as whole grain or as puffed/popped amaranth. The amaranth grains usually cost less than half than the puffed ones, and it is insanely easy to pop the grains yourself at home in just a few minutes.

Here’s how it works:

1Heat your non-stick frying pan on your stove; wait until it is really hot. (The pan is hot enough if the amaranth grains immediately start to puff when you put them into the pan.)

“2”Put in a tablespoonful of grains and cover the pan quickly with the lid.

“3”Watch the amaranth pop just like popcorn – this only takes a few seconds.

“4”Move the pan back and forth a little to shuffle the amaranth so it doesn’t get burned; wait a few seconds for any latecomers.

“5”Remove the amaranth quickly after it’s all popped by emptying the pan into a bowl.

“6”Repeat steps two to five until you’ve puffed the amount you need. Better only pop a smaller portion of grains at the same time, as a larger amount burns more easily.

It’s really that simple.

PS: You can use the same method to puff quinoa grains at home, too.

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