Fusion Quinoa with an Indian Taste

Like I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs,after moving to Dubai I had time to get back to reading.So there was this section in Gulf News, which had an exclusive supplement on HEALTH every Thursday. I used to love reading this supplement since it had so much of useful information and I was surprised to know that I was not aware about many different the so called SUPER FOODS and their benefits. There was this article about SUPER FOODS which really interested me and that’s where I read about Quinoa.(Pronouced as KEEN-WAH)

The funny part was that I was initially struggling to pronounce the name and was reading through , with my own pronunciation. Then it started to get a little weird to read about something without knowing how to pronounce.So finally googled it and got to spell the name correctly.So there begins my journey with Quinoa.Quinoa like other ancient grains such as amaranth, barley, and farro are rapidly growing in popularity because of their wide array of health benefits.

Ancient grains are referred to as such because they have remained largely unchanged for hundreds or even thousands of years. Quinoa was known  as “the mother of all grains” and was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago.

Although there are hundreds of cultivated types of quinoa, the most common versions available in stores are white, red, and black quinoa.Nutritionally, quinoa is considered a whole grain.Whole grains like quinoa provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which help to regulate the digestive system and to keep you fuller and more satisfied

I think I have given a good introduction to what this Superfood is all about !

Being an Indian, I definitely wanted to try making Quinoa with some Indian flavors, so that I would get the best of both,Indian taste and nutrition ,thereby ,I tried experimenting the flavors.

Am sure you will love this recipe and there is more to come, since I love this Superfood and it has more or less become a part of our staple diet at home .

Fusion Quinoa With an Indian Taste
Fusion quinoa with Indian taste 
Vegan/Gluten Free
Serving Size                       2 portions
Preparation Time              10 mins
Cooking Time                     20 mins
Total Time                            30-35 mins
Meal type                             Lunch/Dinner
Quinoa (white)                                      1 cup
Onion                                                       1/2 onion
Beans                                                       1/2 cup
Carrot                                                       1/2 cup
Bell Pepper                                             1/2 cup
Green peas                                             2 tbsp(frozen )
Groundnuts                                           1 tbsp
Mustard seeds                                      1 tsp
Urad dal/split black  gram                1 tsp
Channa dal/split bengal gram        1 tsp
Red chillies                                           1
Curry leaves                                          5-6
Coconut                                                  2 tbsp
Lime juice                                              1/2 a mid sized lemon
Oil                                                             1 tbsp
Turmeric                                                A pinch
Salt                                                          To taste
Sambhar powder/Curry powder     2 tbsp
Method to cook quinoa :
  • Wash the quinoa thoroughly under running water and drain it.
  •  In a separate vessel boil 2 cups of water with a pinch of salt
  • Once the water boils add the washed quinoa and allow it to cook till the water gets completely absorbed
  •  Fluff it with a fork
To make the Quinoa with veggies :
  •   In a pan add oil. Once the oil becomes hot add mustard seeds allow it to splutter, then add the urad dal channa dal groundnuts red chilli and sauté and then add the curry leaves.
  •  Now add the finely chopped onions and sauté, then add the chopped veggies (beans carrot bell pepper  )and sauté it again.
  •  Now add the green peas which is thawed and sauté it.
  •  Add a little salt ,turmeric and the sambhar/curry powder and mix it well
  •   Allow it to cook for 5-8 mins
  •  Now add the cooked quinoa and mix it well.
  •  Switch off the gas and add the lime juice
  •  Finally garnish it with coconut
Hot and flavourful Quinoa ready to eat.It tastes best when it is hot /warm!
-Deepa Damodar

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