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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mango - Coconut Quinoa



Quinoa can be incorporated into Indian cuisine effortlessly. It can be used to replace rice in most of the dishes that need it and this post happens to be one such recipe.
Mango chitranna(m) / mango pulihora is a simple yet delicious dish from South India that uses rice and green mango. It is prepared especially during summer times when the latter are available in abundance. I have replaced rice with quinoa in this popular, tongue- tickling dish and here is the method.

And don't worry about the long list of ingredients mentioned. Most of them go in the tadka.

Ingredients for 3 servings:
1 cup quinoa
1 - 2 Tbsp oil
3 - 4 Tbsp peanuts
1 Tbsp chana dal
1 Tbsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
Few curry leaves (10-15)
2 green chilies (I used Serrano peppers. If using other varieties, adjust according to the spiciness preferred)
4 dried red chilies, broken into small pieces
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Asafoetida powder (a pinch)
3/4 cup grated raw mango
1/2 cup shredded fresh coconut (thaw if using frozen)
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp mustard seeds powder +  1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
/ methi powder (optional but recommended. The quantities can be increased if preferred.)
(Lightly toast mustard and fenugreek seeds and powder them fine.)
Minced cilantro for garnish



Method:
* Wash the quinoa in several exchanges of water. Add quinoa and 1 & 3/4 cups of water to a pressure cooker and cook until done. (2 - 3 whistles). Cool and fluff.
Alternatively, it can be cooked on stovetop. Bring the water to a rolling boil and then add quinoa. Cover and cook until done, about 20 minutes. When done, the seeds become translucent and the white germ would partially detach itself, appearing like a tail.
* Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan or a kadai. Add the peanuts, chana dal, urad dal and mustard seeds. When the peanuts start to turn reddish, add the green & red chilies and curry leaves. Sauté for a few seconds and then add the turmeric powder, asafoetida powder, mango and coconut and stir well. Turn off the stove.
* Next add the quinoa, salt, mustard and methi powders to the pan and mix well to combine.
* Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Other Indian dishes with quinoa posted here are
1. Quinoa Pongal
2. Quinoa Bisibelehuli
3. Quinoa - Mixed Vegetable Upma

Comments

20 comments:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yum, what a great idea, love the combination of flavors and love the fact that it is quinoa and not rice (not that I don't love rice, but that quinoa is different) :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Very innovative idea of combining quinoa and mango. Lovely pic... YUM!

savitha ramesh said...

definitely a healthy food.thanks for sharing.

Kiran said...

Suma,

Mango-Quinoa looks veru colorful and delicious.The flavor of mango,mustard and methi powders must have made it more aromatic.

Thank you for sending it to CWS:Mustard Seeds event.

Kalyani said...

Wow yummy and lovely clicks ....

harini-jaya said...

Very colorful and I am sure very flavorful as well..Quinoa is still not an accepted grain with 'the other adult'..so I must remind myself to make for my lunch :)
Thanks for sending it to 'Design A Menu - 2'

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Healthy recipe dear,haven't tried any recipes using quinoa...I have to try it out.Thanks for sharing.

SouthindianHome said...

Wonderful combination and the picture looks great
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Hari Chandana said...

Very innovative and delicious combination.. looks inviting !!
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Kurinji said...

Nice and innovative combo. Bookmarked:-)
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Preety said...

this will make such a healthy breakfast..lovely click

Prathibha said...

Nice twist..looks very colorful n yummy

Priya said...

Omg, wat a fabulous looking quinoa with mango and coconut,simply makes me hungry...

Shanavi said...

looks fab Suma.. Delicious..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

I am a new follower of quinoa... loving it... indianizing it is such a great idea!
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Sobha Shyam said...

Looks amazing..nice to see recipes with mango..

Smitha said...

that looks too good...i am tempted to make it now!...but i dont have mango...so will go get it!
nice one!
Smitha
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Thanks Suma telugu lo message vodaladiniki :)

swapna said...

Healthy and hearty breakfast....

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