As I discovered Avacado and other fruits and vegetables after moving to North America, I discovered some new grains. One such grain was Quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a high protein grain from South America. It comes in two forms: red and white. White Quinoa resembles sesame seeds. It tastes savory and slightly nutty when cooked right. It is hard for someone to not like quinoa as it can be tasteless if you cook it in water with a pod of garlic. Quinoa is very filling and nutritious and so it is guilt free indulgence.
This recipe is of Quinoa Pilaf.
1.1 cup Quinoa
2. 2 tbsp olive oil
3. 1 small onion, diced.
3. 2 pods of garlic, minced
4. 1 tsp turmeric powder
5. 2 tsp coriander powder
6. 1 tsp red chili powder
7. 1 cup frozen vegetables
8. 3 cups water
9. Salt to taste
10. Coriander leaves, chopped (optional)
11. 1 cup minced potatoes, (optional)
1. Wash Quinoa and set aside.
2. Heat a wok then add olive oil.
3. Add the garlic and onions and saute till translucent
4. Add frozen veg and potatoes and then cook.
5. Add quinoa, salt, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt, turmeric powder, and water.
6. Boil on high heat till the tail of the quinoa appears.
7. Lower the heat and simmer till the water disappears.
Serve warm garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves.