I had never heard of Quinoa till very recently. After finding it in a store bought salad, I wanted to find out more about it. An introduction to this amazing grain is available here- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa and http://chetday.com/quinoa.html.
We found Quinoa grain in the Whole foods Market and decided to experiment with it a little. It is very nutritious, easy to cook and tastes great, and makes a great Uppittu/Upma.
Ingredients to serve 4-
Quinoa- 1 1/2 Cup
Diced mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans, potatoes) – 1 Cup cooked
Grated Coconut- 2 Tbspn
Ginger- about an inch, chopped finely
Green Chilies- 4/5 Chopped
Coriander Leaves- 2-3 sprigs finely chopped
Curry Leaves- 1 sprig
Mustard seeds- 1 Tspn
Urad dal- 1 Tspn
Channa Dal- 1 Tspn
Asafetida- a pinch
Turmeric- ¼ Tspn
Oil- 2 Tbspn
Salt- To taste
Lemon Juice- from ½ a lemon
The Quinoa has to be rinsed once or twice in water to remove the slight bitter taste. It is then cooked with 3 cups of water, either in a pressure cooker (1 whistle) or in an open pot, till it becomes soft and the tiny coiled germs pop out.
The oil is taken in a kadai and the mustard seeds are added, after they stop spluttering, the urad dal, channa dal and asafetida are added. As the dal start getting brown, the ginger, chilies, and curry leaves are added. Optionally an onion can be finely chopped and added at this stage, and sauteed till translucent, and the vegetables can be skipped. If not using onion, the vegetables are added, and the turmeric powder is added, and then the salt. To the whole mixture the cooked Quinoa is added and mixed well. The heat is turned off. The coconut is mixed in, as well as the lemon juice. The chopped coriander is used for garnish.