South Indian Quinoa Feast

I was talking to Celeste(Honk a vegan blog) about quinoa and I have been craving for south Indian food. So was time to put 1 and 1 together and create magic. Made coconut quinoa and lemon quinoa with green peas coconut stir fry. 🙂 Thom(Don’t Switch off the light blog) has been such an inspiration to make Lemon quinoa.

Coconut Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • Coconut-1/4 cup-fresh/frozen(thawed)(not desiccated one)
  • Cooked white quinoa-1 cup
  • Curry leaves-1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds-1 tbsp
  • Split, de-husked black lentils (ask for split urad dal in indian grocery)-1 tsp (OPTIONAL)
  • Asafoetida-1 pinch
  • Cashews-6/7 (halved) (OPTIONAL)
  • Green chili-1 [or more for spicy option-My lips were on fire today as I accidentally bit one 😦 ]
  • 2 tsp rice bran oil
  • Salt-to taste

Method:

  • In a pan, add oil, once very hot, add mustard seeds, asafotida, cashews, wait until it is about to turn brown, add curry leaves, green chili, and urad dal, once it browns, add quinoa, salt and coconut and mix them until well mixed.
  • Serve with any spicy curry 🙂

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Lemon Quinoa (Inspired by: Thom)

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice-to taste
  • Cooked white quinoa-1 cup
  • Curry leaves-1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds-1 tbsp
  • Turmeric-1 pinch
  • Peanuts-6/7 (halved) (OPTIONAL)
  • Green chili-1
  • 2 tsp rice bran oil

Method:

  • In a pan, add oil, once very hot, add mustard seeds, peanuts, wait until it is about to turn brown, add curry leaves, green chili, and urad dal, once it browns, add quinoa, salt and mix them until well mixed. Take it off heat and add lemon juice to your taste. Quinoa is extra sensitive to lemon so I suggest you add them little by little and do a taste test.
  • Serve with any spicy curry. Thanks for the inspiration Thom 🙂

Coconut green peas stir fry

Ingredients:

  • Coconut-1/4 cup-fresh/frozen(thawed)(not desiccated one)
  • Green peas-1 cup
  • Curry leaves-1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds-1 tbsp
  • Asafoetida-1 pinch
  • Chili powder-1 tsp
  • 1 tsp rice bran oil
  • Salt-to taste

Method:

  • In a pan, add oil, once very hot, add mustard seeds, asafoetida,  curry leaves, green peas,salt, chili powder and fry until soft, add coconut and fry until coconut turns slightly brown. Goes well with both the recipes above 🙂
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5 thoughts on “South Indian Quinoa Feast

  1. Hey Charanyaram I have to serious make your Quinoa and Coconut Green Pea stir fry… delicious ingredients and thank you for the mention. 🙂 Hope the chilli was not too hot either 🙂 I look forward to reading your recipes as I can see they are the kind I like very much 🙂 Thanks again !!

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