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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Vangi(Brinjal) Quinoa

The original recipe is from Kamala's Corner 'Vaangi Bath', but I made this dish substituting rice for quinoa. Otherwise, not much of alterations and here goes the recipe.

For Quinoa:

1 cup Quinoa (pre-washed)
1 1/2 cups Water
1tsp Oil
1 pinch Salt

  • Pressure cook the quinoa with water,  oil and salt. Fluff it with a fork and keep aside.

For Vangi masala powder:

4 dry red chilli
1tsp Chana dal
1 Cinnamon stick (1")
3 small Cloves
1tbsp Coriander seeds
1tsp Urad dal
2tsp Oil
  • Heat oil in a small pan, add the above ingredients in the same order, fry'em at medium-low heat until brown.

  • Let it cool, grind coarsely and keep aside.

For Vangi Quinoa:

8 small Brinjals (Indian Eggplant) 
1/2 medium Yellow onion (finely chopped)
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1tsp Chana dal
1tsp Urad dal
1/2tsp Cumin seeds
5-6 Curry leaves
1tbsp Oil 

How to:
  • Quarter the brinjals and wash'em in cold water.

  • Heat oil in a skillet, add cumin seeds, chana dal and urad dal.

  • Then add onions, curry leaves and saute until tender.

  • Add turmeric powder, saute for a min, then add brinjals.

  • Cook brinjals for 10 mins, with lid closed, in a medium flame along with salt, until tender. (Careful not to black'em.)

  • Now add the coarsely ground powder, mix well and cook for a min.

  • Add the cooked quinoa, mix gently and check salt for taste. (If required, add salt.)

  • Reduce the flame to low, close the lid and let cook for 3-4 mins. (This way the spices get infused with the quinoa.)

  • Switch off and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve warm with raita and potato chips.


  1. very creative nidhya ...i love ur quinoa collection ...thanks for sharing dear


  2. Hi,

    nice recipe...Thanx for sharing...



  3. This sounds very interesting and tasty:) even i have one post of vangi bath in my blog:)

  4. Dear Nidhya,
    Thanx for dropping by...!
    Vangi bath is favorite...awesome photography...lipsmacking recipe dear.

  5. Looks healthy and yummy, great click too..

  6. Thats very innovative and looks very tempting too!

  7. That's a very innovative n fabulous recipe Nidhya.. Good one!!

    US Masala


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