Quinoa with Mixed Vegetables Pilaf

A Friend sent me the following recipe for Quinoa. I have to admit that I haven’t tried the recipe (indeed, was only vaguely familiar with the “pseudo cereal” as it’s described), but I do plan on sharing updates when I do try this out.

Says Ven: “As a vegetarian, I always struggle to eat a balanced diet and since Quinoa has all the essential amino acids and several other nutrients it looked like a good option. Over the last year, I have been cooking this grain and like any recent convert, I am an ardent devotee. Quinoa is so easy to cook that it has become my staple replacing Thayir Sadham. I read somewhere that there are concerns about the high nitrate content in the grains because of fertilizer use but I am not sure if this is an issue with the Organic varieties that I buy from Costco and Whole Foods.

2 cups Quinoa
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 thinly sliced Tomato
1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
Curry leaves
1/2 tablespoon of sliced ginger
1/2 tablespoon of Turmeric
¾ tablespoon of Salt and a pinch of chilli powder and garam masala
Rinse Quinoa seeds 3-4 times until the water runs clear.
Add 4 cups of water and cook Quinoa for about 10 mts until you see a little white thread coming out.
Add mixed vegetables and sliced Tomato and cook for another five minutes.
Add salt, turmeric, chilli powder, masala, curry leaves and cook for a five more minutes.
Remove from heat and wait for at least ten minutes before serving. “

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