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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 tsp ginger
3 green chilis
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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