I love to use amaranth in my recipes. Ramdana, as it is called in Hindi, is a superfood and has higher value of protein than quinoa (9.3gm per cup) . Popped ramdana/rajgira is easily available too. I find it to be a very good choice for breakfast cereal. The versatile popped amaranth can be used in many ways. I have some recipes with Amaranth on the blog, please look them up.
Parfaits are the best breakfast options in summer. Chilled home cultured yogurt, seasonal fruits, nuts, seeds, raisins or any other dried fruits like figs, dates etc., and homemade fruit compote or honey, you can add layers and layers of anything of your choice and create mind blowing variations of parfaits. You can use, flattened rice (poha) or ramdana or granola / muesli in a parfait, the options are endless.
Mangoes and cherries are in season and while I was freezing cherries for cherry FroYo I decided to make a parfait with mangoes to beat the afternoon heat. The cherries looked so tempting that I couldn’t resist adding them to the parfait and trust me the unique cherry mango flavor is delicious. The chewy ramdana added to the fun. A perfect treat on sun scorched day like today. ( crush some of the cherries to release the deep red juice over the white yogurt.
For this easy fruity hung curd Parfait you will need,
Ripe Mango – 1
Sweet Fresh Cherries – 1/2 cup pitted
Ramdana or popped amaranth – 4 tablespoon
Honey – 2 tablespoon
Granola or muesli – 2 tablespoon
Mango puree – 2 tablespoon
Cherry compote or cherry sauce – 2 tablespoon (optional)
Nuts, seeds or your choice.
If using home cultured curd or market bough yogurt hang it in a muslin cloth for an hour to remove excess water unless the yogurt is very thick. Use the water in curries or drink it up, it is very nutritious.
Once the curd is ready, mix the mango puree or honey properly and put it in the freezer.
In this recipe I used honey as I was adding cherries too.
Wash the mango and cut it in small pieces.
Wash the cherries and remove the pits. I push them out with the help of a drinking draw. 😀
Chill the fruits in the fridge along with th e yogurt.
Put all the nuts and seeds in a bowl.
For making parfait, take a goblet or wide glass and start layering.
Put some yogurt, mango, muesli/ granola, yogurt, cherries, ramdana yogurt, nuts and seeds and more yogurt mixed with both the fruits. Top it with more fruit pieces.
If making a single fruit parfait, use a homemade fruit sauce or compote as top layer. Don’t use sugar , honey when adding homemade fruit preserve.
I keep the sugar level minimum or sometimes just avoid adding anything. The fruits provide the sweetness.
Have this healthy parfait as a fulfilling breakfast or as an afternoon dessert snack.
Make your own variations and enjoy the fruity summer goodness.