Monday, April 16, 2012

Beetroot Quinoa

          Quinoa has become a part of our regular diet nowadays, I have started replacing rice with it in many of our dishes. Even if I am not preparing a special dish with it, we mix it (instead of rice) with dal or sambar. I made this simple but yummy combination of quinoa with beetroot, if you like beetroot rice or curry, then you should definitely give this a try..

Need To Have
  • Cooked Quinoa - 2 cups
  • Beetroot - 1 small grated
  • Fresh peas - 1/2 cup
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad Dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 10 
  • Chopped Coriander - 1/4 cup
To Grind
  • Green Chillies - 3
  • Grated Ginger - 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander Seeds - 1 tablespoon

          Cook quinoa according to the instructions on the packet and cool it. Grind the ingredients given under to grind. Heat oil, add the mustard seeds and urad dal, once the spluttering stops, add the asafoetida and curry leaves followed by the ground paste. Saute it for a 2 to 4 mins till the raw smell goes, add the grated beetroot,  peas and salt, mix, cover and cook. Once it is done, reduce the heat and mix in the quinoa. Garnish with the chopped coriander and serve warm.

Sending it to Food Corner for the Midweek Fiesta event,
                to Srav's Cooking Concepts for the CC - Spring Seasonal Food event and
                to Divya's Culinary Journey for her Showcase - What's In Your Lunch Box? event.

Can cook the peas separately and add it at the end, to retain its green color.
Can garnish with some roasted cashews or peanut for an extra crunch.
Do not overcook the quinoa, otherwise the dish would turn mushy.

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  1. Easy preparation n healthy recipe Hema!!

  2. wonderful combo,i wish i too get this qunio here...Lovely click...

  3. Delicious and healthy recipe...will try it soon.

  4. This is a very creative dish-the first I have seen with this combo! No doubt the beet root lends a lot of flavor to the quinoa, which makes for one tasty bite. Also, the health factor is another bonus. Well done!

  5. Very nice and healthy recipe...

  6. Colorful healthy dish. Love ur presentation.
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  7. Hi ,
    This looks so healthy, colorful and yum!

  8. I make it the exact same way and we love it - Looks super yum!

  9. Oh my goddd this is like a plate of healthhhh

  10. Delicious Hema, I bought some quinoa, I have to use it. Sure going to try this one.

  11. What a beautiful vivid colour. I tend to make coriander or pesto but now. Must try this out!

  12. Its so nice that people are creating dishes with quinoa

  13. What a beautiful plate of healthy goodness!

  14. i have never tasted quinoa, this is tempting me a lot..loved the addition of beets..nice colour :)

  15. Very interesting combination. The colour is so tempting!

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  16. Second beetroot recipe today .. interesting .

  17. Simple, healthy, creative and attractive preperation Hema....

  18. Nice. I like beetroot in any form

  19. this looks fantastic. love it

  20. very healthy the various combo's you come up with!

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  21. Simply delicious and healthy one !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate It :)

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  22. very colorful and delicious