Spirulina enriched gluten free quality protein maize (QPM) pasta as functional food

  • Veena U. K National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad, Telangana
  • Shobha D AICRP (Post Harvest and Engineering Technology) UAS, GKVK, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Neena Joshi Department of Food Science and Nutrition, UAS, GKVK, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Darshan M. B AICRP (Post Harvest and Engineering Technology) UAS, GKVK, Bangalore, Karnataka,
  • Benherlal P.S Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, UAS, GKVK, Bangalore, Karnataka


The gluten-free Quality Protein Maize (QPM) and pasta made from such grains would have far-reaching implications for achieving nutritional
stability. As a result, the aim of this study was to see whether QPM combined with legume flours could be used to make gluten-free
pasta (pasta without gluten protein). Furthermore, the effect of adding legume flours and spirulina to QPM pasta (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 %) on
color, appearance, cooking, physical, nutritional and sensory quality was examined. The best-accepted combination of QPM (QPM flour
60 %, black gram flour 30 %, defatted soy flour 8 %, and guar gum 2 %-Q) and QPM pasta enriched with spirulina (QPM flour 60 %,
black gram flour 30 %, Spirulina 6 %, defatted soy flour 2 % and guar gum 2 % -S) were compared to the control (100 % whole wheat
flour-C). The functional and cooking parameters such as bulk density (0.54 kg/m3), swelling index (1.3 g/g), and cooked weight (11.0 g) of
the spirulina pasta were slightly higher with a reasonable cooking loss of 7.6 %. The nutrients such as protein (21.6 %), calcium (44 mg
%), iron (8.6 mg %), lysine (3.1 g/100g protein), and tryptophan (0.81 g/100g protein) were reported in the dietary composition of QPM
pasta enriched with 6 % spirulina (S). Further addition of spirulina resulted in 16-fold increase in the carotenoid content

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U. K, V., S. D, N. Joshi, D. M. B, and B. P.S. “Spirulina Enriched Gluten Free Quality Protein Maize (QPM) Pasta As Functional Food”. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, Vol. 34, no. 4, June 2022, doi:https://doi.org/10.9755/ejfa.2022.v34.i4.2853. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.
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