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Oct 23, 2010 08:11 PM

how to make amaranth cereal

hi hounds,

i was at a bulk store today where i spied some amranth grains (or are they seeds?). i bought about 2 cups worth just to try it out. and old coworker of mine used to make hot amaranth cereal (she was sensitive to oatmeal). i eat oatmeal religiously and would like to try making amaranth for some variety.

so, some questions:

- how much does this stuff swell? one cup of raw steel cut oats yields enough breakfast servings for me to last 5 days.

- what is the amaranth to water ratio i should use?

- what is the cooking technique? (boil, simmer, how long, etc.)

- can i cook this in my zojirushi rice cooker (i cook my weekly stash of steel cut oats in my rice cooker and it's super convenient)

thanks in advance for your help!


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    1. I've found the rice steamer to work quite well. I put 2 parts water to 1 part amaranth & it took less than an hour. Will have to experiment with times to batch size.

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      1. re: rerhart

        hi rerhart,

        please do post back with your findings.

        i tried cooking it in a pot with water ... simmered it for about 20 minutes ... i think i did a 1:3 ratio (amaranth:water). it seemed to work.

      2. I make mine in a rice cooker--it works great. They don't swell a lot.


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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          hi tdq,

          what's the ratio of amaranth to water?


          1. re: lilaki

            I always just follow the directions on the back of the package in terms of water ratio. I think it's 2 to 1, just as rerhart says above. You might have to experiment with/tweak the ratio depending on how hot your particular rice cooker works. I like to add cinnamon to mine, too. I don't think it needs any sugar. It's sweet and nutty all on its own.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              great - thank you. i'll give this a shot. i bought my amaranth from a bulk food store so there are no directions!

        2. Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I'm curious about cooking amaranth together with steel-cut oats. I usually soak the oats the night before (in water that's just been boiled) and then cook it the next morning for just a few minutes. I'm wondering if I can add in some amaranth with the oats initially, or if that will over/undercook. Thanks!

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          1. re: nonaggie

            totally fine to just combine 'whatever you like overnight... oats, amaranth, rye flakes, etc.

            1. re: Emme

              Wonderful, thanks for the advice!