Quinoa recipe

Quinoa being rich in fiber (even high than grains ), provides with a good amount of protein. It also contains plant compounds Quercetin and Kaempferol which have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-depressant properties. It’s a perfect food for people with gluten intolerance. An additional fact of quinoa is that it has a low glycemic index, which is good for diabetes control.

Here is the recipe for Indian spiced quinoa:

Ingredients for 6 servings of quinoa:

  • 1 cup #quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

Method

  1. Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the first ½ teaspoon of salt and the quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for about 12 minutes, until the water is absorbed and you can see the little quinoa “tails”. Remove the pan from the heat. Fluff with a fork, cover and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat the toasted sesame oil and ghee in a large skillet. Add the garam masala, curry powder, cayenne pepper, and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt to the skillet. Cook, stirring for about 1 minute until the spices are fragrant.
  3. Add the celery and red bell pepper to the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes; add the green onions and cook for about a minute more.

Lavleen Kaur

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