Quinoa is high in protein, the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
Quinoa is a very good substitute for rice or semolina.
1: 1 cup quinoa
2: 11/2 cups diced mixed vegetables (carrots, beans, green peas, potatoes)
3: 2 cups water or vegetable broth
4: 2 tbsp olive oil
5: 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
6: 1 tsp mustard seeds
7: 10 whole cashew nuts
8: 8 - 10 curry leaves
9: 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
10: 2 green chillies choppped
11: 1/2 cup diced onions
12: 1 dry red chilly
13: 2 tbsp chopped coriander
14: 2 tbsp lime juice
15: 10 almonds soaked overnight and chopped
1. Wash the quinoa as per the directions on the package.
2. Heat oil in a sauce pan on medium heat.
3. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, dry red chilli, cashew nuts, when they start spluttering add green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and onions.
4. Saute the onions till they turn translucent.
5. Add the mixed vegetables and saute for 2 more mins.
6. Add the water (or broth) and salt to the vegetables, and bring the flame to medium high.
7. When the water starts boiling add the quinoa, allow it cook on medium high for 2 - 3 mins, cover it and simmer it for 15 - 20 mins till all the water is absorbed. Keep mixing in-between.
8. When done, garnish it with lime juice, cilantro and sliced almonds.
9. You can use your choice of vegetables and nuts in this recipe.