Vegetable Quinoa

Quinoa is a gluten-free food and good choice for fasting days. This dish requires just 6 to 7 ingredients and less than 30 mins to prepare. It takes less than 10 mins to prepare this dish when your quinoa is prepared ahead of time or if you have leftover quinoa.

Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It’s pronounced KEEN-wah. it is basically a seed, which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain. Additionally, quinoa has far fewer calories and carbohydrates than white rice. A cup of quinoa will also provide twice the protein and about 5 grams more fiber than the same amount of white rice.

it is a good source of protein and fiber, because of this it has low glycemic index. These properties have all been linked to weight loss and improved health.

Making Quinoa Fried Rice

PREP TIME: 5 MINS  COOK TIME: 25 MINS  TOTAL TIME: 30 MINS  COURSE: MAIN COURSE   SERVINGS : 3

Ingredients

  • Quinoa – 1 cup
  • Green bell pepper – ½, chopped long pieces
  • Carrot – 1 md, chopped long pieces
  • Zucchini –  ½, chopped lengthwise
  • Red chilli powder  – ¼  tsp (optional)
  • Salt – 1 tsp/to taste
  • Oil – 1 ½ – 2 tbsp
  • Rasam powder – 1 ¾  tsp (can go up to 3 tsp for spicy eaters)

 Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa at least twice and add 2 cups of water. If your quinoa is pre-washed, no need to rinse. Quinoa can be cooked in 2 ways. You can choose which ever you prefer.
  2. Cooking in a pot: combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water or broth. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid has evaporated (about 15 min). Let stand 5 mins, then fluff with a fork.
  3. Cooking quinoa in Rice Cooker:  Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water or broth. Cooking time can vary by rice cooker, 25-40 mins.
  4. Heat a pan with 1 ½ – 2 tbsp oil, add 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera.
  5. Add chopped veggies, stir fry on high for 4 – 5 mins, then add spices. Mix well.
  6. Add cooked quinoa. Give a good mix. Sauté 2 to 3 mins.
  7. Serve hot. Pappula podi or peanut podi and papad would be a good combination.
  8. Refrigerate the leftovers.

step by step photo instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa at least twice and add 2 cups of water. If your quinoa is pre-washed, no need to rinse.
  2. Cooking in a pot: combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water or broth. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid has evaporated (about 15 min). Let stand 5 mins, then fluff with a fork. Cooking quinoa in Rice Cooker:  Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water or broth. Cooking time can vary by rice cooker, 25-40 mins.

3. Heat a pan with 1 ½ – 2 tbsp oil, add 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera.

4. Add chopped veggies, stir fry on high for 4 – 5 mins, then add spices. Mix well.

5. Add cooked quinoa. Give a good mix. Sauté 2 to 3 mins. Check the taste for salt and spiciness, adjust accordingly here.

6. Serve hot. Pappula podi or peanut podi and papad would be a good combination. Refrigerate the leftovers.

Tips

  1. Any veggies can be used. Eg., Broccoli, green onion, colored capsicum, onion, beans, peas, corn…
  2. Try different types of spices like cumin, coriander powder, bisibelabath powder, garam masala…

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