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Monday, September 12, 2011

Quinoa Pulav

Quinoa doesn't need much of an introduction. A lot of us started replacing rice with quinoa and experimented different recipes. And one such is this pulav, a spiced and healthy one-pot meal that is so colorful and flavorful that will make you feel full and satisfied. It has a crunchy texture, nutty flavor and turns out very aromatic when cooked with Indian spices. I am sure this recipe is a KEEPER. Check this out and here goes the recipe,


1 cup Quinoa (pre-rinsed)
1/2 cup Carrot (chopped)
1/2 cup Green beans (chopped)
1/2 cup Peas (frozen and thawed)
1 1/2tsp Garlic (minced)
1 1/2tsp Ginger (minced)
1 Spring Onion (chopped)
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1tsp Coriander powder
1/2tsp Cumin powder
1/2tsp Garam masala powder
1 Black Cardamom
2 small Green Cardamom
4-5 Whole black peppercorns
1/2" Cinnamon stick
2 small Cloves
1 Bay leaf
1/2tsp Cumin seeds
1 1/2 cups Water
1 tsp Lemon juice (optional)
1tbsp Oil
 How to:
  • Soak the quinoa for 30 mins, drain the water completely and keep aside.

  • Heat oil in a deep skillet, at medium heat, add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cardamoms.

  • After a few secs, add cumin seeds, cloves and black peppercorns.

  • Then add the onions followed by turmeric powder and some salt and saute until translucent.

  • Now add the ginger, garlic and half of the spring onions and cook until raw smell disappears. 

  • Add the soaked quinoa and roast'em for 5 minutes.

  • Then add the carrot, peas and beans, give it a quick mix and then add the coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder.

  • Mix well and pour the water and add salt for taste. 

  • Bring water to a boil and then reduce the flame to low, close the lid and cook it for 30 mins.

  • Switch off, open the lid, fluff the quinoa with a fork, add the lemon juice and garnish with the remaining spring onions.

  • Serve hot with onion raita and chips.


  1. Very delicious and colorful looking pulao.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Healthy and delicious pulav....

  3. Healthy, falvaourful n yummy pulao

  4. I haven't tried any recipes using quinoa till now,ur pulao makes me to try it out immediately...delicious recipe.

  5. What a healthy and yummy pulav:-) Just perfect!!

  6. Very healthy one. They came out really well. nver think about making pulao using quinoa. Yummm!!!


  7. Healthy and delicious pulav....

  8. very healthy & delicious dish...


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