Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chilli-Garlic Quinoa

          Last week I had cooked about a cup of quinoa, and it was just me and my daughter, we couldn't finish up the entire quantity between us, so I had some leftover cooked quinoa. I didn't want to have it in the same way, mixed with some curry or sambar, I wanted to make something different with it and I came up with this Chilli Garlic Quinoa. It's a very simple dish but tasted really good, and was given a 'A+' by my daughter. Cooking quinoa al dente, can be a little tricky, refer here, you don't want to have a mushy dish. Try this out if you like the chilli and garlic flavor..

Need To Have

  • Cooked Quinoa - 3 cups
  • Shredded Cabbage - 5 cups
  • Raw Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Thick Soy Sauce - 1 tablespoon
  • White Pepper Powder - 3/4 teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste

To Grind

  • Dried Red Chillies - 4
  • Garlic Cloves - 8 small


          Toast the peanuts, remove the skin, pound it coarsely and keep. Grind the dried red chillies and the garlic cloves.

         Heat some oil, add the shredded cabbage and some salt, saute it uncovered, till it's cooked but with a slight crunch.

          Heat some oil, add the ground chilli-garlic paste, saute it well till it gives a nice smell, for about 5 to 7 minutes. Then add the coriander powder and mix it well.

          Now add the soy sauce and mix for a minute, then add the sauteed cabbage and mix well.

          Now add the cooked and cooled quinoa and mix it well. Finally mix in the coarsely pounded peanuts and white pepper powder and serve it warm.

Add more or less white pepper powder depending upon the spiciness of the red chillies added in the paste.
5 cups of cabbage might look like too much, but it shrinks a lot when you saute it, and also it's the cabbage and the peanuts that give the taste to the dish, so do not reduce the quantity.
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  1. I love the chilli-garlic combination in anything! From prawns to potatoes... and using those flavours for Quinoa is a great idea! I dont know how else you use it, but a friend of mine makes the most delicious Quinoa salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, onions and a wonderful dressing of lemon, olive oil, salt and balsamic vinegar. its divine!

  2. Chilli garlic quinoa??Sounds yumm!!

  3. The cabbage quinoa with chilli garlic looks delicious. Healthy too.

  4. Love this cabbage, chili, quinoa combo. Healthy food.

  5. Yummy and interesting.
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  6. I love quinoa and cabbage really does not appear on my table often enough - I must try this!

  7. got a new recipe to use quinoa, very interesting, spicy n yummy recipe...thanks dear for this great recipe!

  8. Looks good Hema..my quinoa is still sleeping in the pantry! ;)

  9. love it.. I do it also.. it is in draft still.. Looks so yummy

  10. Very healthy recipe... Looks tempting

  11. I have been looking for quinoa everywhere...where did you find it Hema?
    Would love to try this if I can lay my hands on quinoa

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  13. Hot and flavourful quinoa, love to give a try to this dish.

  14. like the garlic flavor.. must be awesome..

  15. this is totally tempting and quite new to me

  16. very healthy and delicious