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It’s been long time I did not post any of Quinoa dishes, even though I use them regularly in different forms.  There are few dishes which we love so much in Quinoa and this zesty Quinoa is one of those. Lemon Rice is the pure inspiration for this Lemony, Zesty Quinoa. Fresh soybean, cooked moong bean, dhal or Black garbanzo is wonderful combination with lemony Quinoa.  I am posting 2 variations which differs slightly, one with Mukimame and one with Black Garbanzo. 

What is Mukimame ?  The green vegetable Soybean are called "Edamame" when sold in pods, when it is sold as individual beans it is called as " Mukimame".

Mostly of us are aware of Quinoa.  They are extremely versatile and easy to prepare.  They are good source of Dietary fiber and highly nutritious gluten free seed.   Take a peep here for other Quinoa dishes which I posted earlier and stay tuned for more dishes in near future :).  Quinoa by itself a nutritious one, when it is combined with soy or any other legumes or bean. It is sure a very healthy one pot meal.  Here is how I make them...................


This measurements are for 2 types of quinoa, if your making it with either with the bean or with legumes just 1/2 the measurements.


Quinoa - 1 cups
Mukimame - 1/2 cup frozen (Thaw and microwave it for 4 to 5 minutes or as per the instruction given the package)
Black Garbanzo - 1/2 cup (Soak overnight and pressure cook, drain water and keep it aside)
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Green chillies - 6
(Make paste out of ginger and green chilli)
Curry leaves - few
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 2 tsp
Channa dhal - 2 tsp
Lemon - 2 tbsp (according to your taste)
Salt as needed
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Cooking Quinoa:

Wash the quinoa couple of times, drain and keep it aside.  Now in a pot boil 1 3/4 water, add tsp of salt.  When it comes to rapid boil add the drained quinoa, keep it in the medium flame. Close with the lid.  Once all the water is absorbed.  Keep in the low flame for 5 minutes and switch off the flame.  Leave it for 5 minutes(closed) and fluff it up with the fork.  Let it cool aside.  This can also be done ahead of time and seasoned when needed.


1.  Heat a tbsp of oil; add the mustard seeds, once they start to splutter.  Add the urad dhal and channa dhal, followed by Curry leaves.

2. Now add the Asafotida, ginger and green chilli paste. Sauté for few minutes.  Add turmeric, cooked bean or Legumes, here it is black garbanzo.

3. Add the cooked Quinoa, Lemon juice, salt.
4. Mix everything, until well blended.

5. Check for taste, if you need lemon juice or salt more add according to your preference and put off the flame.
6. Garnish with Chopped coriander leaves.

Slight Variation using Mukimame :

1.  Follow the same 1 and 2 steps above.  Now add the Mukimame and Zest of lemon.

2. Add quinoa, lemon juice, salt. Mix well until they are nice blended.

3. Put off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.


1. Adding the zest gives nice aroma and flavor.  So try it out.....
2. Instead of both black garbanzo and Mukimame you can also add the cooked moong dhal and garnish with Shredded coconut.
3. You can also add both black garbanzo as well as mukimame and follow any of one procedure that is by adding zest or without.

Enjoy pot full of Goodness!!!!!

Suji  – (March 22, 2011 at 9:26 AM)  

Wish i lived somewhere closer to you, Pavi. Mindblowing pictures and the both the version sounds delicious...

Indian Khana  – (March 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM)  

Can't take my eye off ...such tempting clicks ...and nice dishes ..

Unknown  – (March 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM)  

both the dishes looks too good and tempting...very beautiful clicks!
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Nandita SS  – (March 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM)  

There is so much to learn from you when it comes to food photography!!! The clicks are brilliant and so are the recipes :)

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (March 22, 2011 at 9:43 AM)  

wonderful shots and interesting recipe too.Any plans of coming to SG again!!!!

Ramya  – (March 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM)  

That looks superbbbb ...the pics do true justice to the dish:-)

Sravs  – (March 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM)  

So tempting clicks and interesting recipe !!

Soma  – (March 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM)  

I am in love with the lemony post. Quinoa is something we really adore and it makes our lunch item ever so often, esp. on weekdays. besides the photos are incredible as always. did u paint the board? Love the color!

Reshmi Mahesh  – (March 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM)  

OMG...I really dont know if its ur pic or the food that makes me drool..superb...

divya  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM)  

Awesome clicks... Lovely recipes and drooling over your pics.. Just yummy..

Unknown  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM)  

Lovely colors and pics....And the lemony quinoa looks so tempting

Unknown  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM)  

I love to visit your blog, I became a follower to follow the facts.
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I'm from Rio de Janeiro(Brasil), but currently living in Manaus in the Amazon.
Until next time! Kisses.

jayasree  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM)  

Gorgeous pictures...Kudos to your patience to style your presentation so beautifully and click step-by-step pics...

Unknown  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM)  

Wow.....beautiful post and healthy quinoa.....lovely

Hari Chandana P  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM)  

Wow.. Wow.. Wowwwwwww... Really amazing shots and beautiful presentation.. Wonderful job dear.. thanks for the recipe :)

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Nithya  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:48 AM)  

Beautiful pictures and awesome dishes. Love the burst of bright colors in these pics :)

Chitra  – (March 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM)  

wow, gorgeous pics,very different recipe..

Hamaree Rasoi  – (March 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM)  

Wonderfully tasty and healthy quinona. Pics are heavenly.

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Indian Cuisine Blogroll  – (March 22, 2011 at 12:36 PM)  

wonderful quinoa preparations..nice click..

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi  – (March 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM)  

gorgwous clicks, cant take my eyes off from them. the quinoa looks great too.

Menaga Sathia  – (March 22, 2011 at 12:52 PM)  

வாவ்வ் அட்டகாசமா இருக்கு...

Jayanthy Kumaran  – (March 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM)  

lovely n tempting...fab clicks Pavithra

GEETHA ACHAL  – (March 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM)  

ரொம்ப அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது...இது மாதிரி தான் நானும் மெலம் ரைஸ் செய்வேன்...ஆனால் லிமாபீன்ஸ் சேர்த்து செய்வததில்லை...கண்டிப்பாக அடுத்த முறை செய்து பார்க்கவேண்டும்...கலர்புல்லாக இருக்கு..

Sonia  – (March 22, 2011 at 1:18 PM)  

Wonderful dishes, both are looking so inviting and yummy. I wud love to give it a try asap, great pictures and presentation too... !

sathya  – (March 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM)  

Delicious dish, love both variations!
Awesome clicks as always!

Unknown  – (March 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM)  

Both version sounds fantastic! loving all the pic there Pavithra :)

Madhavi  – (March 22, 2011 at 2:26 PM)  

Amazing clicks..and super delicious post!!!

Cham  – (March 22, 2011 at 2:28 PM)  

It is an awesome twisted recipe. Love the green background!

KavyaNaimish  – (March 22, 2011 at 2:42 PM)  

Simply WOW...Recipe is too gud so as the clicks...

Vidhya  – (March 22, 2011 at 2:50 PM)  

Love your space as your posts are very inforative with wonderful recipes and great pictures.Loved this dish too.

Cool Lassi(e)  – (March 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM)  

This looks awesome! I always love to take the photo journey of your posts..

Dhanya Ganesh  – (March 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM)  

Looks yummy.I make puliyodharai with Quinoa,will try the lemon Quinoa today itself.As always Awesome click:)

Priya Suresh  – (March 22, 2011 at 3:39 PM)  

Wat a healthy dish, simply fabulous and the addition of those beans..

Anupama  – (March 22, 2011 at 3:55 PM)  

I'm definitely going to try it this weekend. Anything lemony is very close to my heart :-)

Pushpa  – (March 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM)  

Fabulous pictures,healthy and nutritious entrees.

kittymatti  – (March 22, 2011 at 4:55 PM)  

As usual awesome pics:) looks great and delicious

Only Fish Recipes  – (March 22, 2011 at 5:38 PM)  

wow...such a interesting recipe...these clicks are so soooooo good !

Renus Kitchen  – (March 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM)  

loved your presentation....quinoa in any form is healthy !

Rama  – (March 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM)  

You are a great foodie who's has got the skill to create inovative dishes which looks great and would taste awesome. Hats off to you for the dish and the pictures. Keep rocking.

Sushma Mallya  – (March 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM)  

Photography is so nice, loved the recipe and presentation:)

Love2cook Malaysia  – (March 22, 2011 at 7:41 PM)  

Excellent shots as usual! Well presented quinoa...:)

Suganya  – (March 22, 2011 at 8:17 PM)  

Lovely pictures... So mouthwatering.... YUM!

Anonymous –   – (March 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM)  

I love your photos and the recipe looks great!

Nina  – (March 22, 2011 at 9:40 PM)  

Wow lovely pics.The pics make me want them:)

Anuradha  – (March 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM)  

Nice pics, nice recipe... But wondering where to get quinoa :(

SouthindianHome  – (March 22, 2011 at 10:59 PM)  

Looks colorful and yummy. Amazing clicks

aipi  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:15 PM)  

Interesting coincidence that I was just editing a post about almost a same dish..really impressed by what you have done here and the presentation is really beautiful. I really love your ingredient's pics :)

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Raks  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM)  

Quiona is one I have to try yet,looks and sounds great,lovely pictures pavi,cant take my eyes off the screen :)

chef and her kitchen  – (March 22, 2011 at 11:52 PM)  

Looks superb...lovely pics n lovely recipes..

Sanjeeta kk  – (March 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM)  

What lovely pictures, Pavi! I know you must have got bored hearing the same comment the zillion th time :) But can't stop...quinoa looks scrumptious.

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (March 23, 2011 at 1:47 AM)  

Beautiful. The recipe is simple yet your photos are awesome and well explained.

Abhilash Pillai  – (March 23, 2011 at 2:34 AM)  

the presentation was as always very good. Nice to know the difference between mukimame and edamame :)

Aruna Manikandan  – (March 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM)  

looks gorgeous dear...
The ingredients u r using are very new to me and u explain it very well :)
Its so nice to see such lovely recipes...

Suman Singh  – (March 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM)  

Wow, lovely shots and great recipes..

Oriyarasoi  – (March 23, 2011 at 12:53 PM)  

Awesome recipe.......and just loved the clicks!!!! Put togather in a lovely manner.....following you!!

Panchpakwan  – (March 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM)  

So delicious and healhty spread..beautiful presentaion and clicks..

Unknown  – (March 23, 2011 at 5:05 PM)  

Healthy and delicios recipes..Amazing clicks, Pavithra..loved both the versions..

Unknown  – (March 24, 2011 at 6:18 AM)  

Amazing pictures and equally healthy and amazing dish! Love it!!!!!

Anu Nandu  – (March 24, 2011 at 6:55 PM)  

Pavi - I'm not a lemon person but this is just simply too good to pass up. I'm a quinoa person though and you bet I'm going to soon make this. Love your creativity!

Unknown  – (March 25, 2011 at 5:39 AM)  

I am fan of quinoa, and this version..loved it..and more over..mind blowing nice

Dimah  – (March 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM)  

looks yummy and sooo irresistible!
Awesome clicks

JishasKitchen  – (March 25, 2011 at 4:45 PM)  

omg...lovely clicks...I cant even take my eyes from the pics...nice visual treat.. yum yum

chef_d  – (March 26, 2011 at 7:44 PM)  

WOw beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Renata  – (March 26, 2011 at 8:26 PM)  

I'm always learning so much from your posts. Yuor photos look so professional, truly beautiful!!

Simones Kitchen  – (March 27, 2011 at 3:52 AM)  

What fantastic photos you have here! I just saw one of your photos of tastespotting and had to come and take a closer look. Love this quinoa recipe although I wish I could find fresh soybeans here!

Eat Hearty  – (March 27, 2011 at 10:43 AM)  

Mind blowing!!! :)


Gluten Free Confessions  – (March 27, 2011 at 3:49 PM)  

Wow...I dont think I have ever seen such a thorough post before on a recipe. This looks health and amazing...not to mention your photography is beautiful :) Well done!!

Divya  – (November 19, 2015 at 4:40 PM)  

What is Mukimame. from where i can get that.

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Unknown  – (March 30, 2018 at 3:36 AM)  

I have made quinoa fairly often but this is the first time I toasted it! This is my new fav! Thank you for sharing!

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