Monday, January 16, 2012

Quinoa Salad

          After all the heavy festival and party food we'd been having, thought of doing something healthy with quinoa. Quinoa is a grain-like crop whose seeds are edible, it can be cooked like rice and can replace rice in many dishes, can read more about it on the web. We usually have it with sambar or any curry or even with plain curd. Today I just made a simple salad with it, making it a complete meal..

Need To Have

  • Quinoa - 1/2 cup
  • Sprouted Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Tomato - 1 small
  • Onion - 1 small chopped
  • Capsicum or Green Pepper - 1/2 cup chopped
  • Sweetened Cranberries - 1 tablespoon 
  • Roasted Peanuts - 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander Leaves - 1 tablespoon chopped
  • Lemon - 1/2
  • Pepper & Salt - to taste

           Take the quinoa with 1 cup of water, when it is boiling, reduce heat and cook till done, cool it. Chop the onion and tomatoes.

          Heat a teaspoon of olive oil, add the onion, saute till transparent. You can add the sprouted moong dal as such or cook it for a few mins with little salt either in the microwave or on stove-top and add.

          To the cooked and cooled quinoa, add the sprouts, onion, tomato, capsicum, mix well, add salt and pepper, squeeze the lemon, give one final mix. Garnish with the peanuts, cranberries and coriander leaves, healthy and tasty salad is ready to serve.

Can add chopped cucumber, lettuce ,celery, raisins and apricots.
If you don't find quinoa, can do the same salad with cracked wheat.
If you like garlic, can one chopped while sauteing the onion.
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  1. Looks so colorful and is so healthy! Been wanting to try quinoa for a long time now and will make this salad! Looks superb!

  2. healthy n colorful salad.......following u too....thanx 4 d visit to my space dear

  3. sounds so healthy. lovely pic, those colours are so vibrant

  4. Thanks for your comment at my place.....luks delicious....colorful n mouthwatering recipe to follow u...