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Everyone of us are very much aware of including grains in our diet. So making them colorful and tastier is very important right. Today I am posting a simple and tastier pilaf using quinoa. Other than making salad in quinoa this is quiet wonderful option of making pilaf too. I have used black quinoa but you can adopt same with white and brown too. Happy healthy eating!!!!!!



Quinoa - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Mixed veggies - 1 cup ( carrot, beans, potato, green peas, cauliflower)
Ginger+Garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
Onion - 1/2 sliced
Tomato - 1/2 desseeded
Green chilli - 3 sliced
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Whole spices - each 1 ( cardamom, clove, cinnamon)
Coriander for garnishing
Oil and salt

Method :

1. Wash the quinoa well. Now boil the measured water in a open pan.
2. Add the quinoa and little salt. Close with the lid and let it cook until all the moisture is absorbed. But keep in the low flame.
3. Heat oil in the pan , add the slice onion, followed by ginger garlic paste.
4. Then add tomato followed by green chilli and vegetables.
5. Saute until the vegetables are cooked, dont over cook it.
6. Now add the quinoa. Add salt and lemon juice.
7. Mix well so that everything has to be blended well.
8. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with raita or plain!!!


This black quinoa has unique fragrance.

Usha  – (April 15, 2010 at 3:52 PM)  

Very healthy and delicious ! Loved your presentation and pictures...

Sailaja Damodaran  – (April 15, 2010 at 4:03 PM)  

Iam a fan already......looks colourful.I have never seen black quinoa very new to me.Does this come in various shades?

Unknown  – (April 15, 2010 at 4:14 PM)  

Pilaf sounds great with Quinoa, very healthy indeed.

Swathi  – (April 15, 2010 at 5:04 PM)  

Pilaf with healthy quinoa, nice looks really good.

Meena  – (April 15, 2010 at 5:15 PM)  

love the black look yummm-ooo!

Cool Lassi(e)  – (April 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM)  

Nice Quinoa Pilaf. I like the black ones better after seeing it here. Looks great and I bet it was flavorful!

Shobana senthilkumar  – (April 15, 2010 at 6:12 PM)  

Hi ,
first time here...Nice presentation...luv ur blog:)

Suji  – (April 15, 2010 at 7:10 PM)  

Wonderful pilaf and amazing pics pavithra....

Kairali sisters

Suhaina  – (April 15, 2010 at 8:47 PM)  

wow.This is very new to me .Looks very tempting. Super clicks too.

Anu Nandu  – (April 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM)  

Absolutely perfect - love the spring colors. This is one healthy thing that also looks gorgeous and I'm sure tastes even more gorgeous!

My pranams to your creativity!

Pavithra Ramasamy  – (April 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM)  
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FewMinute Wonders  – (April 15, 2010 at 10:24 PM)  

I know there are so many quinoa recipes and still when some one asks me for one I am always thinking about where I read about it, so I am book marking your recipe.

Nandinis food  – (April 15, 2010 at 10:29 PM)  

Healthy and sounds great!
wonderful carving Pavi:)

PranisKitchen  – (April 15, 2010 at 10:36 PM)  

What a healthy dish..delicious too
what a nice pictures ..superb presentation..thanks for sharing such a recipe

Aps Kitchen  – (April 15, 2010 at 10:39 PM)  

Hats off Hats off!!!! to ur my u r filled with it... I love it totally ndpilaf luks gr8

Sushma Mallya  – (April 15, 2010 at 10:53 PM)  

Something unique and different one, but sure looks yum and your superb presentation makes it even more appealing...

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (April 15, 2010 at 11:55 PM)  

ur ideas in presentation always makes me hungry da..very catchy..looks mouth-watering too...

Uma  – (April 16, 2010 at 12:37 AM)  

looks so appetizing!! lovely presentation as always :)

Rekha shoban  – (April 16, 2010 at 12:58 AM)  

wonderful presentation and colourful!

Simplyfood  – (April 16, 2010 at 2:23 AM)  

I have never cooked with quinoa before but your dish looks healthy .Beautifully nad creatively presented and amazing clicks.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover  – (April 16, 2010 at 3:12 AM)  

this sound interesting, and it look very colourful!

Nithya  – (April 16, 2010 at 5:04 AM)  

Looks colorful and interesting. But quinoa is something that I have never heard of. Does this belong to the Kambu family???

I love the capsicum bowls. Very neatly done :)

Latha  – (April 16, 2010 at 6:08 AM)  

Lovely presentation pavithra...quinoa is very new to me, but very interesting recipe.

Kanchan  – (April 16, 2010 at 6:31 AM)  

I've never heard of Quinoa accept here on blogs, but this does look very interesting especially with your wonderful presentation !

Menaga Sathia  – (April 16, 2010 at 7:37 AM)  

Nice presentation & super pilaf!!

divya  – (April 16, 2010 at 7:55 AM)  

Very healthy and delicious ! Loved your presentation and pictures...

PJ  – (April 16, 2010 at 10:30 AM)  

wow.. this looks so delicious and such a wonderful presentation as always! i make a similar pilaf but with white quinoa. I find the red quinoa a bit hard to find, but it looks so beautiful.

Unknown  – (April 16, 2010 at 4:29 PM)  

Such a healthy pilaf recipe Pavithra. Looks colorful!

Priya Suresh  – (April 16, 2010 at 5:02 PM)  

Wat a heamthy pilaf...Black quinoa looks cute and new to me..never seen them still today..

Mangala Bhat  – (April 16, 2010 at 5:26 PM)  

wow! healthy recipe ...presentaion is mind blowing! Lovely dear!

Fathima  – (April 17, 2010 at 1:47 AM)  

never tried using Quinoa... looks interesting!

Pari Vasisht  – (April 17, 2010 at 2:26 AM)  

Hi Pavithra, hopping here after a long time, I have not seen this grain but heard a lot about it. I am sure it tastes good and so well presented dear.

Bharathy  – (April 17, 2010 at 8:01 AM)  

Lovely presentation..colourful and so pretty!..
You've created a Healthy beautiful looking food in that bowl!..:)

SnacksGiving  – (April 18, 2010 at 4:56 AM)  

Love the use of quinoa in this dish. So very healthy! Wonderful recipe

Spice  – (April 18, 2010 at 10:05 AM)  

Before anything else I have to say love the efforts u put in your presentation & the clicks come out so good....quinoa salad is very healthy but still on my list only, haven't got my hands on it yet...

Malar Gandhi  – (April 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM)  

Oh boy, awesome presentation, I was simply staring at your pictures' beautifully presented:)

Padma  – (April 18, 2010 at 3:54 PM)  

Beautiful presentation Pavithra... Love this quinoa pilaf... looks so yummy and very tempting.

Hamaree Rasoi  – (April 18, 2010 at 10:08 PM)  

Love the capsicum bowls. Loved the presentation part. But above all an interesting recipe.
Hamaree Rasoi

Parita  – (April 18, 2010 at 11:16 PM)  

Lovely colorful pilak! Fantastic presentation!

Namitha  – (April 19, 2010 at 2:06 PM)  

That's very healthy and yumm..Looks fabulous too :-)

Anuradha  – (April 20, 2010 at 3:12 AM)  

Looks amazing. Very nice recipe and nice click.

Manjulaprabakaran  – (May 25, 2010 at 9:57 AM)  

hi pavi, all ur dishes are mouth watering, just to inform u that in ur blog chats ragada patties not working.

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