Monday, February 21, 2011

Lemon Quinoa(Quinoa Lemon Pulihora)

Quinoa is a highly nutritious food from South America. Quinoa is rich in protein conten, complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids, especially lysine, which is required by the body to grow and repair tissues. Apart from Protein it is also a good source of  iron, calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium. If you are looking for a grain free as well as gluten free diet, Quinoa is a boon for you. The high protein content and low carb content will make this a best fit for people with diabetes, childhood asthma,  migraines and vegetarians aiming for a high protein diet.

 The seed of quinoa has a coating of saponin that imparts it a bitter taste and is quite toxic. It needs to be soaked for minimum 30 minutes and rinsed under cold running water to remove this coating. Very easy to cook and so good for you. This can be easily substituted for any rice dish instead of rice

Preparation Time - Nil
Cooking Time - 25 Minutes
Serves - 2


Cooked Quinoa - 2 cups
Red or Green Chillies - 4 (more if you want it spicy)

Roasted Peanuts - 1/4 cup

Coconut Oil - 1 Tbsp

Sesame Oil - 1 Tbsp

Channa Dal - 1 Tbsp (Soak this in water for 20-30 minutes)

Chopped curry leaves - 4 tsp

Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp

Salt - 1 tsp or to taste

Turmeric Powder - 1 Tsp

Lemon Juice - 1 Tbsp or to taste


1) Heat coconut oil, add mustard seeds and once it stops spluttering add asafoetida powder, drained channa dal, chillies, curry leaves. Saute for a minute till the channa dal slightly browns.

2) Now add the turmeric powder and sautee for a few seconds and switch off the stove.

3) To this add the lemon juice and salt.

4) To the cooled Quinoa add a tbsp of Sesame Oil and toss it and then add it to the lemon juice mixture and combine well.

5) Now add the roasted peanuts  and serve with raita.

Note - Soak Quinoa in water for atleast half an hour, rinse and drain. Add 2 measures of water to 1 measure of Quinoa and salt to taste and cook till it fluffs up. Remove quinoa and let it cool completely. Infact for this lemon quinoa if you have left over quinoa from the previous night, refrigerate it and then take it out nextday and warm it. The left over, refrigerated quinoa doesn't have a mushed texture, so it tastes much better than freshly cooked quinoa.

Event Participation

1) This goes straight to Twist the traditional an event hosted by My Innovative Kitchen.


An Open Book said...

thats such a beautiful colour

aipi said...

i have incorporated quinoa in my family's diet in a big way and nice recipes like these are always welcome :) loved the vibrant yellow color!

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The Foodie said...

I have not cooked with quinoa..and this recipe is tempting me to make it.

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks vibrant and healthy

Priya said...

Yumm, love this simple and delicious lemon quinoa,inviting!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Color looks so attractive... Healthy goodness..


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Swathi said...

Lemon quinoa look delicious, love the tanginess

sharada said...

nice handy info about washing the quinoa.The lemon-quinoa looks appetising!

Miriam said...

I have recently really gotten into quinoa. Great idea for a meal, thanks! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Prathibha said...

Looks really it..

sanjeeta kk said...

The dish looks like small gorgeous pearls! Lovely recipe and beautiful color.

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks colorful, inviting...healthy variation

Priya (elaichii) said...

Bookmarked your lemon quinoa! thanks for visiting my blog.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Thanks everyone for your valuable comments, really appreciate it.

Gulmohar said...

Sadhana, I didn't know that you started a new blog. Glad that I found out now :-)
Beautiful pic as always !

Miriam said...

I just had quinoa for dinner tonight, one of my favorite foods. I'm always looking for new ways to make it. Delicious! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Treat and Trick said...

Lovely color and sounds delicious though I never tried quinoa before, shall try this sometime...

Padhu said...

Looks so colorful and yummy!

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

Visiting your space for the first time..
Have bookmarked your Quinoa recipes...I use it on my Ekadasi fasting days

Simply Life said...

quinoa is one of my favorite grains - this looks great!

Satya said...

Thanks for sending this nice yummy pulihora with quinoa to my event

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