There is a healthy, delicious alternative to the traditional popcorn eaten by many people – popped amaranth or just amaranth popcorn. Amaranth can be found in health food stores as a grain and in a variety of products ranging from flour, bread crumbs, starch, powder, snacks etc. People who eat a gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free diets, or are just looking for a great way to create a well-rounded, nutritious diet should give amaranth a try. It is very high in dietary fiber, protein, iron, calcium, and has a large amount of the amino acid lysine.
Heat a cast-iron skillet or wok for a couple of minutes. Pour in enough amaranth to cover the bottom of the skillet no more than 1/8 inch deep. Cover the pot, and within 10 seconds amaranth will start to pop. Move the pan to shake the grain, and stir to keep it from burning. Within a minute, all the amaranth should be popped. Quickly pour it off and repeat the process. If you should end up with any unpopped seeds, you can pour the whole mix through a strainer, and the unpopped seeds will fall through. You can then add butter and salt to taste if desired.
This is a wonderful nutty and nutritional breakfast food, excellent for camping or traveling. In South America, it is often mixed with molasses or honey and pressed to form a candy.
Popped Amaranth mixed into organic yogurt is one of the most simple but also very tasty recipes.