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Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is rich in protein than most grains. Its delicate flavor makes it a great alternative to rice. It can also be added with vegetables. It has a nice fluffy texture, with a bit of crunch from the grain’s external germ making this is wonderful unique grain. It can be used in soups, salads, breakfast cereal, pulao etc. As it does not have specific taste on its own except the crunch, it plays a good role with any flavor. It’s good to have this at least twice a week . After I started doing this it has become one of our favorite menus.

Ingredients :

Quinoa - 1 cup
water - 2 cup
Bell peppers - 2 of any 2 colours
shallots - few chopped finely
Roasted garlice - 4 or 5
Roasted Bell peppers - 2 tbsp
Basil - few
Dry herbs - 1 tsp
Crushed red chillies - 1 tsp
Pepper and salt to taste.

Method :
Boil the water in a heavy bottom vessel and when it starts bubbling add the quinoa and salt. Cook Quinoa until all the water is absorbed. Close the vessel for 5 minutes. You can get nice fluffy cooked quinoa ,grains have small tails its nice too see and you will feel the crunchiness if you eat. Keep the Quinoa aside.
In a frying pan add olive oil , crushed redchilli flakes , shallots and saute it. Add bell peppers , chopped roasted bell pepper and chopped roasted garlic. Add quinoa, dry herbs and handful of chopped basil , mix well and serve . I served with stir fried asparagus with a touch of pepper and garlic.

You can do many variations in this , i will be posting as soon as i can.

Unknown  – (February 17, 2009 at 8:24 PM)  

Hello Pavithra,

Quinoa is a good alternative for people who has got celiac disease as it is gluten free, I am going to recommend this recipe to one of my friend who needs a gluten free diet,

Good Job Well done
Anitha Ganesh

Pavithra Elangovan  – (February 17, 2009 at 8:50 PM)  

Thank you very much for ur appreciation ,Thanks for visiting my blog

Anonymous –   – (March 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM)  


We enjoy this Quinoa dish very much. It is now our weekend favorite. Thanks for introducing this to us.

Please keep the dishes coming...


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