Amaranth Greens Stir fry


Amaranth leaves or amaranth greens are nutritious leafy vegetables eaten widely through out India. It is well-known for its health benefits – controls hypertension, good for controlling diabetes, prevents anaemia, improves digestion, to name a few. Outside of India amaranth is better known for its seeds which is considered a superfood. They are available in shades of red and green, with red ones being more common in India. I have grown up eating amaranth (called ‘harive soppu’ in Kannada) in the form of a lentil stew or sambar. But this stir fry recipe is a Bengali dish, called laal shaak bhaja. This quick, simple and delicious side dish is made with just 3 ingredients, is ready in less than 15 minutes, and tastes great with steamed rice. Do give it a try and add a healthy dish to your weekday meals.




Amaranth greens – 2 bunch
Garlic cloves – 2-3, sliced
Dry red chilli – 2
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt to taste


  1. Wash and clean the amaranth leaves. Remove the thick stems and roughly chop them
  2. Heat oil in a fry pan or kadhai. Add garlic slices and dry red chilli. Saute until the garlic turns golden
  3. Add the chopped amaranth greens and salt. Mix well
  4. Cover and simmer until the greens are completely cooked
  5. Increase the flame and dry out any excess moisture that may be left
  6. Turn off the flame and serve hot with steamed rice