Amaranth was a sacred food of the Aztecs. In Asia, varieties of Amaranthus tricolor have been grown as a green vegetable since the beginning of time. It is a tall plant with broad leaves that produces many thousands of tiny seeds. Both leaves and seeds are edible. The greens have a good, slightly sweet flavour and can be used both cooked and raw. The seeds are used as a cereal or can be ground into flour. Amaranth seeds and flour can be found in health food, Caribbean and Asian shops.
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Koreans use a shallow spoon for rice and soup and a set of silver or stainless steel chopsticks for serving from the shared dishes. Side dishes or banchan vary in number depending on the occasion, but at least 3 to 5 would be a minimum at home, with many more for special guests or in restaurants.
Crisp Indian wafers made of legume (and sometimes rice) flour. Usually served with drinks or as a snack with accompaniments such as chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander, and chilli.