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Quinoa - The Super Grain


Quinoa Khichadi with vegetables and Masoor dal


1 cup quinoa

1 cup masoor dal ( red lentils)

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ cup chopped onions (optional)

½ tsp grated ginger

2 chopped green chillies

1 tsp cumin

2 cardamom pods whole

1 cinnamon stick

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup chopped green beans

½ cup chopped carrots

2 tsp salt


In a deep bottomed pan, add a tsp of ghee or olive oil, add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and chopped onions. Saute till the onions turns translucent, add ginger and green chillies, turmeric, vegetables,quinoa and masoor. Toss for another three minutes to immerse the grain and the vegetables with the spices. Add 4 cups water and salt and simmer on a slow flame till cooked and the water is all absorbed. It should be light and fluffy. Add crushed cashews as garnish to give it a nutty flavor.

Serve with pappads, yoghurt based curry or a tomato chutney

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