Saturday, April 23, 2011

Nimmakai Quinoa, Lemony Quinoa

For the 6th day of the Marathon, here is another Quinoa recipe which I am in love with. Just like Nimmakaya pulihora, Nimmakaya Quinoa pulihora. Lemony and nutty quinoa.

Its so hard to incorporate healthy food in our daily diet. In my house too, if I make changes to something like dosa, no one complains. But to something like quinoa, no one shows any interest. Its only me who enjoys eating some thing like this! and surely I do enjoy eating it too., so I make it only for myself. I hope someday my family will also enjoy it with me!

Since Quinoa is full of Protein, I am trying to incorporate it into my diet atleast 2-3 times a week. Its very versatile like the rice and is a good substitute for rice. So for diabetics when they want to eat less carbs and more protein, its a very good choice.
Try it in many different forms and you will surely like it!

Cooking Quinoa: Wash Quinoa 2-3 times. Soak for atleast 10 minutes. Bring 1 1/4 cup of water to a rapid boil. Drain and add the soaked quinoa. Bring the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until all the water is absorbed, for about 15 to 20 min. Uncover and fluff. Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.


2 cups cooked quinoa

1-2 tbsp peanuts, groundnuts, palli pappu
1/2 tbsp chanaga pappu, channa daal
1 tsp urad daal, minapa pappu
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera, cumin
few curry leaves
2-3 slit green chillies
2 dry red chillies broken
pinch of turmeric
pinch of hing, inguva, asfoetida
1 tbsp of oil
salt to taste
Lemon juice to taste


Heat oil in a kadai.
Saute the peanuts till lightly brown.
Add channa daal and urad daal and saute till brown.
Add mustard and jeera and let them splutter.
Add green chillies, red chillies and curry leaves.
Add a pinch of hing and turmeric.
Add this to the cooked quinoa along with salt and lemon juice.
Mix well.
Serve with any chutney or plain.

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  1. I am coming across lot many quinoa recipes these days... Ur dish looks so tangy and yum.. will surely try out...

  2. fun way indeed to eat quinoa ! yum

  3. Wow! Very healthy and nutritious...Nice colour...

  4. I'm in awe with how you people incorporate quinoa to suit Indian taste buds...

  5. wow that looks gud ...i have never tried quinoa.....time to do so

  6. Nutritious recipe....Love the slight yellow color and the tangy taste...

  7. I was on a quinoa rampage some days back but these days my packet of quinoa has kinda taken a back seat in my pantry. I love quinoa cooked this way. Will bookmark all your quinoa recipes and I think its time to fish out the packet from my pantry :)
    Loved your beautiful plate!
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  8. I never had quinoa this way, will love to try your recipe. it looks so yummy and haealthy too.

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  9. Very interesting many variations you have smitha..

  10. I love it too and eat it as a substitute for my lunches. No problem with my family regarding quinoa, ofcourse not counting my little one.
    Your lemony quinoa looks lovely. Guess what, I had made other kind of pulihora yesterday and will post it soon. :)

  11. Oh gorgeous pic and quinoa's are so photogenic!

  12. Very tempting and mouthwatering ......

  13. Omg, wat a wonderful looking lemony quinoa, mouthwatering here..

  14. Simply love the presentation and every totally edible part of this dish! one more quinoa recipe to add to my repertoire - thanks dear


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