Quinoa is a staple in my house. Traditionally we are rice eaters and make so many varieties of rice. Since Quinoa has replaced rice, now I try out the different rice dishes with quinoa. Believe me instead of just adding it to salads and eating, the addition of spices give a totally new taste to this nutritious pseudo grain. Since quinoa is high protein and complex carbohydrate grain, even if you are weight watcher, diet watcher or carb watcher perfectly fits the bill.
For those of you who have questions on quinoa - Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is an ancient food that has been cultivated in South American Andes since at least 3,000 B.C. Technically quinoa is not a true grain, but is the seed of the Chenopodium or Goosefoot plant. It is used as a grain and substituted for grains because of it's cooking characteristics. Quinoa can be found in most natural food stores and if you are buying in bulk, look for deals online.
Cooking Time – 20 minutes
Serves – 2 to 3
Cooked Quinoa – 2 Cups(Preferably cooked previous day and refrigerated)
Cilantro leaves – 1 bunch(washed, stalks removed)
Tamarind – 1 inch piece
Red chilies – 2 or to taste
Salt – 1 Tsp or to taste
Asafoetida – 1 small piece
Mustard seeds – 1 Tsp
Split Urad Dal – 1 Tbsp
Coconut oil – 1 Tbsp
Water – 1/4 Cup or more
Roasted Peanuts - handful
1) Heat a pan and add 1 Tsp of coconut oil. Once the oil is hot add the mustard seeds. After the seeds stop spluttering add the asafoetida piece and urad dal. Once the urad dal slightly browns take a Tsp of spluttered mustard seeds and urad dal and keep it aside.
2) Now in the hot pan along with the rest of the ingredients add the tamarind piece, red chilies and saute till the chilies are slightly brown. Switch off and allow this to cool.
3) Now reheat the cold quinoa and once warm, add the spluttered mustard seeds and urad dal, roasted peanuts and keep it ready.
4) In a blender put the cilantro leaves, the roasted content, salt and add little bit of water and blend into a smooth paste. Add water as necessary and do not add more as we are not making a juice but a thick paste.
5) Now add this cilantro paste to the warm quinoa and rest of the coconut oil and combine it. Serve with some vegetable raita and enjoy.
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