Thursday, September 30, 2010

Flavorful quinoa!

It is small, red and very intimidating to look at! It will look at you from the package and dare you to come up with something innovative...Once you get to know it, you will be humbled by its sheer goodness- that's quinoa in a nutshell for me :) I spiked it up with some Indian flavors- Check out!


Red quinoa- 2 cups
Bell peppers- 1/2 cup (preferably yellow one- color combination works great with red quinoa)
Broccoli (1/2 cup)
Onion - 1 medium sized (sliced)
Corriander leaves - chopped
Cumin seeds
Dry red chilli piece- broken in half (alternatively, you can use chopped green chillies)
2-3 tbsp grated coconut
Salt according to taste
Sambar powder (1/2 tsp)- completely optional (alternatively, you can use garam masala, curry masala powders)

** sambar powder is a spicy powder consisting of lentils, corriander seeds, mustard, black pepper, curry leaves, fenugreek seeds** (you will get it ready made from any Asian grocery shop)


Bring some water to boil and put the quinoa in. Allow the quinoa to cook for 15 minutes or until the water is fully absorbed. Keep it aside. In a seperate wok heat some oil. Add cumin seeds and allow them to sputter. Add the red chilli pieces and sliced onions. Fry them till they are translucent. Toss in the bell peppers, broccoli. Cook for few minutes before adding sambar powder and salt. Add the cooked quinoa and cook all the ingredients for a few minutes. For the finishing touch add the grated coconut and corriander leaves. 


  1. This quinoa dish looks flavorful and delicious! I'm a big fan of quinoa for both its flavor and nutrition.

  2. Spicy quinoa dish...with all those crunchy veggies love it..

    Pushpa @

  3. I love Quinoa. Such a hearty grains! Now I get another new idea of how to fix Quinoa :) Thanks

  4. I just tried quinoa for the first time and really liked it. Your dish has wonderful flavors...I'll have to remember this. Looks great!

  5. This is the first time I see quinoa. I must try it soon.

  6. I love quinoa. We buy it in the bulk bins. Much cheaper than packages. Love this salad!

  7. I love quinoa and I'm always looking for new ideas for it, love the spices in this.



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