Saturday, May 26, 2012

Quinoa and mixed vegetable Upma

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Like I said before on my quinoa blogs..I fell in love with this grain, because of its closeness in taste to rice. Believe me it tastes so much like rice that you can eat it like rice everyday. Cooking it is not difficult and it is as versatile as rice, so we can make all the dishes we make with rice, with quinoa.
Its high is fiber and protein and very good for you!

Here is a simple preparation with all veggies to make a upma just like we do with ravva or semolina. This is very quick to make and if you use frozen cut veggies, it will be even ore simple. You get all the healthiness of veggies as well as quinoa.


1 cup quinoa
1 water (+ 1/4 cup if needed)

1/4 tsp chana dal
1/4 tsp urad dal
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera
2 dry red chilies
1 tbsp cashews

1/2 onion
1/2 tsp ginger
3 green chilis
1/2 tomato
1 cup of mixed veggies like carrots, beans, corn, peas

1 tsp oil
coriander leaves for garnish


Wash Quinoa and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pot.
Add chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds and jeera. When they splutter, cashews, red chilies and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
Add onions, green chilies and ginger. Saute till onions turn color.
Add tomato and let it cook down completely. Add the veggies and cook for 2 minutes.
Add water and let it come to a boil.
Lower the heat and add the quinoa. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes.
Keep looking to see if the water has totally evaporated. If it did add more water.
You will know it is fully cooked, when tails come out and quinoa becomes translucent.
Fluff with a fork.
Serve hot with chutney, pachadi or even podi!

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  1. Nice and so healthy Smitha..

  2. healthy breakfast..

  3. quinoa veg upma looks yummy...i haven't tried quinoa in my cooking so far,after seeing this post i wanted to try it soon!
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  4. thats a lovely healthy bowl of breakfast.

  5. Nutritious and super filling healthy upma.

  6. Delicious looking upma.Loved the color of it.

  7. I love quinoa and making upma out of it is super innovative. Love the color of the upma looks awesome.

  8. i am yet to try quinoa, this is nice and interesting way to give it ia try

  9. upma looks yummy n delicious. i have a box of quinoa, sitting in my pantry, time to use that Poor Pack of Quinoa!!!!

  10. such a healthy yet delicious breakfast recipe

  11. I too love quinoa dishes and your upma looks colorful.

  12. A healthy upma for sure. So colorful and yummy. I have just begun introducing this to my hubby and child. They don't care for anything besides white rice..

  13. Lovely clicks and nutritious one.

  14. Delicious & wholesome upma with quinoa.. Looks colorful and delicious.

  15. flavorful quinoa..I love quinoa and it is so much better for you than rice

  16. Healthy & delicious, loved the clicks :)

  17. is it 1 cup water, please clarify

  18. 1 1/4 cup of water gives better results for just plain quinoa, but if you going to add veggies to it, start with 1 cup of water and add the 1/4 cup only if required to get a not so mushy upma


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