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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Quinoa With Peanuts & Yogurt


This is a dish I cook only for myself for the simple reason that the introduction of Quinoa as a part of everyday food still hasn’t sunk in for the rest of my family. Usually, I give in and just go along with what everybody else is eating in the house but after having come to know of the health benefits of Quinoa, I make it a point to cook it for myself atleast twice a week.

This recipe is pretty basic but packs in a lot of flavor and nutrition. The crunch of the peanuts and the smoothness of the yogurt give this dish a good balance. Whereas, the green chili adds a delicious zing and of course a contrast of color to the dish.

Ingredients
Quinoa – 1 cup
Roasted peanuts – ¼ cup
Blended yogurt – ½ cup
Water – 2 cups
Green chilies – as tolerated
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – a few
Chopped cilantro – 2 tsp
Olive Oil – 1 tsp
Salt & Pepper

Heat the oil in a skillet and add cumin seeds to it. When the seeds start to crackle add curry leaves, green chilies, chopped cilantro, roasted peanuts and give it a quick stir. Mix in the quinoa and cook for 2 minutes on medium flame stirring constantly. Then pour in water and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for 15 minutes or so until the quinoa is nearly done. Fold in the blended yogurt and cook on slow flame for 7 minutes or so. Turn the heat off and cover for a few minutes before you transfer it to a plate. Garnish with roasted peanuts and a green chili and help yourself!

Serving suggestions
·         With Ghee/more yogurt/curry

Tips
·         Go easy on the salt as the yogurt also adds a little bit of a salty flavor to the dish.
·        Vegetables like carrots, corn, potatoes or even bell peppers can make a good addition to this basic recipe.

  Interesting fact
·         Quinoa is high in protein content, gluten-free and easy to digest.
·         Quinoa is a healthier alternative to white rice. 

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23 comments:

  1. This looks healthy & yummy..thanks for sharing :))

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  2. this looks wonderful deliciously done

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  3. very delicious n helathy one..

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    1. This looks delicious..Totally YUMMY

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  4. Very healthy indeed. Perfect for breakfast.
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  5. I was searching for a good Quinoa recipe and this looks fairly easy and tasty at the same.
    Love Ash.

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  6. Sounds really healthy and delicious!

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  9. I make quinoa regularly but have never tried peanuts. This time I added peanuts and it was a delicious addition. Now my quinoa is always going to have peanuts. Thank you.

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  10. this looks really delicious n very new also....loved it....
    Maha

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  11. very simple ,healthy and delicious recipe..loved the simple flavour of this dish..
    Anjana

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  12. Quinoa is my favourite grain to use now! Love the preparation :) with peanuts sounds really good

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  14. healthy n tasty..loved ur idea..
    Maha

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  15. Wow! Looks yumm and easy to make. I'll be trying this out - have had Quinoa lying around for a while now!

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  17. Never had quinoa, but I'm seeing it everywhere now! I should try it out!

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