Category Archives: Quinoa

Quinoa Kichidi

Every now and then I soak mung beans and make sprouts. I had some left over bamboo shoots and baby corn and I immediately thought about the sprouted mung bean and Thai green curry soup.

While the sprouts take several days, I decided to try a variation of Kichdi for Sunday brunch. Kichdi is usually made with rice and lentils. I have posted a recipe in the past here.

This time around replaced rice with Quinoa. Turned out pretty good.

Quick Lunch Series: Chickpea Week

I have been meaning to try these chickpea based recipes for sometime now. Although I always have canned chickpeas ready to go, it is always fun to use dry chickpeas: soak, cook and use! And while you do that, don’t forget to snack on the soaked chickpeas! Delicious!

I soaked some chickpeas during the weekend and steamed them Sunday night, so they were ready to go for the weekday lunches. I did not get to try all the recipes I wanted to, but here’s three fun ones.

First up is Chickpea Salad. I made absolutely no change to the original recipe and you can find it here.

Next up is this Quinoa salad. The only change is I added left over avocado. You can find that recipe here.

The last recipe is an old one but a favorite. This time around I did use artichoke. It is good with artichoke or mango. Check it out here!

Quick Lunch Series: Mediterranean Bowl

It’s what’s for lunch

I had some parsley I needed to use and several recipes that all looked good. Between one and the other, I ended making a combination recipe that turned out pretty good. Here’s how I made my Mediterranean bowl

Ingredients:

Quinoa: Tricolor quinoa cooked
Vegetables: Cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, red pepper, olives, banana peppers, capers
Dressing: Parsley blended with some olive oil and lemon juice
Toppings: Falafel, hummus, tahini, crispy jalapenos, pita chips, feta crumbles
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa. Mix in the chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and onion. Add in the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Let marinate for an hour.

If making fresh falafel, can make ahead and warm before eating.  I had some frozen ones ready to eat.

When ready to eat, transfer to a bowl. Top with the rest of the ingredients and enjoy!

See Also:

Baked Falafel
Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl
Quinoa Salad

Quick Lunch Series: Curry Cauliflower Quinoa Salad

For a while Trader Joes had this delightful item on there ready to eat item list. I picked it up a few times and it tasted delicious and was great for those times when I needed to carry lunch and had nothing planned. Sadly, it disappeared from the stores  at the local store in recent times.

Source: Whats good at Trader Joes

This past week I decided to make some at home and here’s how I made mine.

Ingredients:

1 cup rainbow quinoa
1/4  cup french lentils
1 cup cauliflower florets cut small
1/2 diced red bell pepper
1/4 red onion, chopped fine (can also use green onions)
1 tsp curry powder
dash of garlic and ginger powder
salt and pepper to taste
dash of paprika
1-2 tsp coconut oil
cilantro to garnish
healthy dose of lemon juice

Soak lentils overnight or for 8 hours.

Bring two and half cups of water to boil. Add quinoa and lentils. Reduce flame and continue cooking for about 20 minuted or until cooked, adding additional water as needed.

Meanwhile, place a pan on the stove, add oil, and add  onions, cauliflower and red bell pepper. Toss in spices and fry  on medium high.  Alternately, you can roast the vegetables in an oven.

When the quinoa is almost cooked, add the sauted vegetables and continue cooking. Add lemon juice generously. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.

Makes 3-4 servings for that home-office lunch

What can go wrong with quinoa, lentils and cauliflower?  All in all a delightful lunch. Either at home or in the office really. Bought at TJ or made at home.

Southwestern Blend Casserole

This is perfect for that office day meal. I made it entirely stove top but you can also bake in the oven.

Ingredients:

1 frozen bag of Southwest blend (onion, corn, black bean, and bell pepper)
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup enchilada sauce
1-2 garlic cloves
1-2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili lime
cheese (mozzarella or pepper jack)
salt to taste

Place a pan on the stove. Add oil and minced garlic and fry lightly. Add cumin, chili lime and salt to taste. Mix well. Add the southwest blend and continue frying lightly. Add quinoa and a cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce flame and let simmer until the quinoa is cooked. Add water as necessary.

Add  enchilada sauce and mix well. Sprinkle cheese. Cover and cook on medium until the cheese melts. Makes 2-3 servings.

Top with some sliced cherry tomatoes, cilantro and crispy jalapenos.

 

Quick Lunch Series: Curried Quinoa, Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts Bowl

This recipe is loosely base on this one.

Ingredients:

1/2 head cauliflower
1/4 chopped onion
1 bag Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup quinoa
salt and fresh ground pepper
olive oil
1/2 cup coconut milk (I used lite)
coconut oil
red pepper flakes
curry powder
cardamon powder
Turmeric
Ginger
lemon juice
kale or other greens (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Trim and rinse cauliflower florets. Toss in oil, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes in an oven safe bowl.

Trim and slice Brussels sprouts. Toss in oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to an oven safe bowl

Bake for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp coconut oil, add onion and cook until translucent about 5 minutes. Add turmeric, curry powder, ginger and cardamon powder and fry for an additional 30 seconds. Add coconut milk, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup quinoa. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until cooked. Season with salt.

Fluff the quinoa, top with roasted cauliflower, and  Brussels sprouts. Top with green onions, drizzle lemon juice and toss in some greens such as green onions and chopped kale!

Perfect for a guilt free, week day, office meal!

Quick Lunch Series: Quinoa Bisibele Bath

I’ve been meaning to try this for a while, and finally cooked it this weekend. It is perfect for an office day meal. I do love one pot meals!

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I swapped in  Quinoa, instead of rice, as has been the norm lately in my routine.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup white Quinoa
1/3 cup Toor dal (Pigeon Pea)
1 small white or yellow onion cut into 1in pieces
1 jalapeno, sliced
1 Chayote squash, peeled and cut into 1in pieces (typically bottle guard is used, but I often substitute with Chayote Squash)
1-2 medium tomatoes, chopped into large pieces
2/3 rd cup tamarind juice
1.5 cups water
1 tsp oil
a dash of turmeric
a dash of asaphoetida
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 dry red chillies
2-3 tsp Bisibele powder, I typically use the MTR variety
2-3 tbsp fresh (or dry) grated coconut
a few curry leaves
cilantro to garnish
coconut slices to garnish
salt to taste
2-3 tbsp ghee (optional)

I like to use a pressure pan to cook this. Heat oil in the pressure pan, add turmeric, asaphoetida, cumin, mustard and dry red chillies and fry for a minute till lightly brown. Add onions, jalapeno,  curry leaves and squash and fry lightly. Add tomatoes and mix well.

Rinse and add Quinoa and toor dal and mix well. Add bisibele bath powder, salt and coconut powder and mix well. Add water and tamarind juice and mix well. Close pressure cooker lid and let simmer on medium low for 2-3 whistles. What makes this dish especially yummy is to add 2-3 tbsp of ghee!

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Let cool, before opening the pressure pan. Garnish with cilantro and coconut slices and serve warm.

Makes 3 servings.

Quick Lunch Series: Quinoa Vangi Bath

I am a great proponent of one pot meals. So Vangi bath is great! It is even better if I can replace white rice with Quinoa.   This makes 2-3 servings if you are on a diet.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa
1 Japanese eggplant, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small yellow onion sliced
1 jalapeno sliced
a touch of turmeric
a dash of asafoetida
1-2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 tsp Vangi Baath mix or make your own
1-2 tbsp tamarind juice
1 tsp grated coconut
1-2 tsp toasted cashews or peanuts (optional)
Salt to taste
cilantro to garnish

Bring one cup water to boil and cook the Quinoa as per instructions. Set aside.

Meanwhile heat oil in pan. Add turmeric, asafoetida, cumin and fry for a minute. Add sliced onion and jalapeno and saute for 2-3 minutes until golden. Add chopped eggplant and fr for 10-15 minutes till cooked. Season with salt, add tamarind juice and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Season with Vangi bath mix or home made curry powder, grated coconut and mix well.

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Combine with Quinoa, garnish with some chopped cilantro and top with some toasted nuts such as cashews or peanuts.

Serve warm.

See Also:

Vangi Baath

Spicy Potato Curry

I always love to make masala dosa and this spicy potato curry is something I always make with dosa.

potatocurryIngredients:

3 Potatoes
1 onion
1 jalapeno
a few curry leaves
1 tbsp channa dal
2-3 tbsp cashews
1 tbsp urad dal
1tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 dry whole red chilli
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp oil
dash of asafoetida
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)
salt to taste
cilantro to garnish

Boil the potatoes until they soften and the skin is starting to peel off.

Meanwhile add oil to large pan. Add turmeric, asafoetida, channa dal, cashews, urad dal, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and whole red chillies and fry till lightly golden.

Add chopped jalapeno, and curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add sliced onion and continue to fry till the onion is translucent and starts to turn lightly brown on the edges. Peel and add potatoes and lightly mash with a spatula. Season with salt and add some red chilli powder (optional). Mix well and cook on low for another 5 minutes.

qd3Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with some rice or I love to eat it with dosa.

Quick Lunch Series: One Pot Mexican Quinoa

This can be made for lunch or dinner. And it’s perfect for that office day meal!

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Ingredients:

1 cup frozen Latino blend vegetables–corn, black beans, onions and peppers
1/4 cup Quinoa
6-8 sliced heirloom tomatoes
1 jalapeno minced
1-2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 avocado
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
some chopped fresh cilantro

Add oil to a pan, add garlic and jalapeno and fry for 1 minute. Rinse and add Latino blend vegetables and fry lightly for 2-3 minutes. Rinse and add quinoa and mix well. Season with salt, cumin and paprika. Add 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce flame and cook on medium low till cooked, adding water as needed.

Garnish with some cilantro, and serve warm topped with salsa, avocado, jalapeno and sour cream.