Thursday, February 20, 2014

Quinoa upma

Quinoa is another good grain I started cooking in recent years. Generally quinoa can be made into a salad. It blends with many Indian recipes easily and here is my Uppuma (upma or kichidi) with Quinoa. Quinoa comes in a rainbow of colors, I picked up this red quinoa as it looked more pretty in that aisle:) Other than that all tastes almost the same. But red quinoa has more crunchy texture. We can use any variety for this upma recipe.

Quinoa upma with vegetables
Ingredients: (for 2 adults)
Quinoa - 1/2 cup
water - 1 1/2 cup
olive oil - 1 1/2  tbsp
channa dal - 1 tbsp
mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
onion - 2 tbsp 
green chilly - 2
ginger - small piece (1/2 inch)
curry leaf - few
cilantro - few
salt - to taste
carrot - 1
green peas - handful
Wash the quinoa thrice in running water with gentle rubbing with our palm (as per directions). This is done to remove bitterness.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok.
Add mustard seed. let it splutter. Then add the channa dhal. Wait till it gets red. Then add chopped onion, curry leaf, cilantro, ginger, green chilly. As the onion starts to get soft, add chopped carrot, peas and stir for a minute.
Pour water + Salt and let it come to a boil.
Then reduce flame and add quinoa.
Cover tightly with a lid. Reduce flame to minimum.
Cook for 15 minutes or little more to get the quinoa completely cooked.  Then stir well.
Switch off. Quinoa upma is ready!

Serving suggestions:

Serve as dinner along with pickle or sugar.


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and lovely looking upma. Excellent preparation.

divya said...

Very tempting clicks ........... Looks so healthy n yummy!

Divya Prakash said...

Healthy and delicious quinoa upma.. We cook a lot with quinoa, but yet to try this red quinoa..

VineelaSiva said...

Wow nice and healthy recipe.My favourite.

Suja Manoj said...

Healthy upma dear,thanks for sharing