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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quinoa, Buckwheat and Millet Pilaf



1/3 cup whole buckwheat rinsed and drained in water
1/3 cup millet rinsed and drained in water
1/3 cup Quinoa rinsed and drained in water ( use cracked wheat to substitute)
3/4 cup frozen peas or use your choice of vegetables (beans, carrots, cauliflower)
2 to 2 1/2 cups water or as needed, or use vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 two inch long cinnmon sticks
3 tablespoon oil

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.  Add cumin seeds and cinnamon.  When the cumin seeds turn brown add the buckwheat, millet and quinoa,  saute for a couple of minutes,  add the frozen peas or vegetables.  Saute for 30 seconds, add water and cook till the grains are done.  While it is cooking keep an eye on it, stirring occasionally so that the bottom does not burn.  When the grains are done they will become clear.  Remove the cinnamon sticks before serving.

I like to make this dish for people who like alternatives to rice and wheat.  This is very filling.  Quick and easy to make.  It uses very few ingredients.

The millet and buckwheat tend to get rancid very easily.  I buy them in small quantities and store them in the refrigerator.

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