Quinoa is originally a crop which is grown for its edible seeds. In fact, it is a good source of proteins and contains heart-healthy fats, folic acid and a good amount of fibre. I started using this grain once my son started solids. I tried making mixed grain khichdi’s or fried rice (pulav) for him. Later I discovered an instant one-pot Quinoa meal and Quinoa dosas. I try to make it, even more, healthier by adding loads of seasonal vegetables. So basically I have tried almost all healthy Indian meals with Quinoa. These seeds are #SuperFoodForHealthyYou as they are a good source of plant proteins making it is loved by all vegetarians and vegans.
Some healthy Indian meals recipes with Quinoa
Did you know that you could use quinoa instead of various other Indian grains? Let’s start with the one used the most in India- Rice?
1. Replace your rice with quinoa
So, the next time you plan to cook any rice recipe like fried rice or pulav. Ty replacing the white-rice with this protein-rich quinoa. Follow your same recipe and just replace rice with quinoa and add all other seasonal vegetables to give it a taste twist.
2. Replace Suji with Quinoa in your Upma
I got introduced to Quinoa Upma during a potluck lunch at my office. I google a few more versions and landed upon VegrecipesofIndia. Somehow her version suited our taste buds well. I generally skip adding daals and add some seasonal vegetables instead.
3. Make Yummy Quinoa Idlis or Dosas
Another way to add quinoa is your breakfast could be in Crispy Dosas. Wash and soak Quinoa for half an hour, and blend it well with a tsp of water to make the dosa batter. You may also add your favourite vegetables or purees to add flavour. I normally add Spinach (Palak) puree or Beetroot Puree to make colourful and healthy dosas.
4. Mix Grain One pot Meal
The Truth of Quinoa in Indian Meals
In short, Quinoa can be used in just about every Indian meal. It’s about using your creativity and experimenting. The only not so positive aspect of Quinoa is its slightly bitter taste due to its outer coating and it takes a little longer to cook. So, the simple trick would be washing it well till the foam like water comes. And then it is perfect to replace your other grains.
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