Red Amaranth | Sivappu Thandu Keerai Poriyal – Sivappu thandu keerai is called as Red Amaranth or generally Red spinach in English. We can find it easily and abundantly in the market, it also cheap too. This spinach are the richest source of Vitamin A, B6, K and C, also good source of folate and minerals. They are richest source of protein more than 30% in wheat, rich in dietary fiber, amino acid lysine (potential element in cancer treatment). They also boost up the immune system and have many more health benefits.
Thandu keerai has other common names like tassel flower, quilete, love-lies-bleeding, pendant amaranth, velvet flower. This is the annual flowering plant species which is suitable for any habitat and it grows above 3ft to below 8ft height. The healthy plants always require full sun. There are many varieties in this species where every variety is handled in unique way for best growth. Mostly, it is planted in indoors during spring in temperate regions and taken to the outdoors after the completion of frost.
All over the world, people always prefer to take foods that are tasty and healthy. Spinach is one of the dish that contributes taste and many nutrition that results in strong body. In India, people are compelled to eat any one of the spinach variety during festivals. Like wise, Thandu keerai or Amaranthus caudatus are used in mid July to make a special dish called as thandu keerai kolumbu for Hindu goddess. The thick, tasty and juicy stems adds more flavor to the dish and it is more suitable for cooking this delicious spinach variety. If you want to be brisk, active and healthy all the time then take this variety for long life with good hair, skin and immunity power.
Olden days, women were so stronger to do any kind of tough work. They eat any one of the spinach variety to boost their blood circulation, immunity level, active body parts to live a effortless life. The clear examples are our grand parents. If you ask them about their food habits, they will surely say that they ate lot of different verity of greens that are easily available either in the market at lower price or they pluck it from the garden. Now, there is no land to have garden or scarcity of spinach varieties. The fox tail amaranth is available in red leaves and green leaves. Red leaves are suitable for dishes that require less amount of salt whereas green leaves has comparatively high amount of salt content that results in different taste.