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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Quinoa Kichadi


1/2 cup of Quinoa
1/4 cup of moong dal
2 cups of mixed vegetables
1/4 cup of frozen peas
8 cloves
2" stick of cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 tablespoon of chopped ginger
1 teaspoon of green chili or to taste
1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of asafoetida
3 tablespoon of oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Enough water for preparation

Boil one cup of water to it add cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and bay leaves.  Turn the heat off and let it come to room temperature.  When it is cool strain it with a tea strainer.  Discard the spice but keep the spice water.

Wash the quinoa and moong dal together and keep it aside.

Place a pan on medium heat with 3 tablespoon of oil.  When the oil is hot add cumin seed, after the cumin seeds sizzle add ginger and green chili, saute for about 30 seconds add turmeric powder, paprika, stir, add mixed vegetables and frozen peas, stir and add asafoetida and the spice water and let it cook covered for five minutes.  Keep it aside.

Take another pan with 2 cups of water on medium heat, add the washed quinoa and moong dal to it and let it cook for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes add salt and the cooked mixed vegetables to the quinoa-moong dal and cook till the water has evaporated - takes about 5 minutes.  

Serves 4.  Serve with raita or chutney.

Wonderful healthy Quinoa.  It is actually a seed which is eaten as a grain.  It has now become very popular in United States.  It has a nutty flavor and is easy to cook.  I use my rice recipes to make quinoa dishes it works out perfect.

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