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Friday, November 26, 2021

'Quinoa' Maavinakayi Chitranna / Mango - Coconut Quinoa

(This was originally posted on 5 /3/2011.)

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 / pulihora is a simple yet delicious dish from South India that uses rice and green mango. It is prepared especially during summer times when green mangoes 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 / tempering.

Below are some other quinoa based dishes that I have already posted.
Quinoa Bisebele
Quinoa Khichdi
Quinoa - Masoordal Soup
Quinoa Panchkuti Dal Khichdi
Quinoa Pilaf
Quinoa Pongal
Quinoa Sweet Pongal
Quinoa Upma

Ingredients: (Yield - 3 servings)
1 cup quinoa
1 - 2 tbsp. oil
1/4 cup. peanuts
1 tbsp. Bengal gram / chana dal
1 tbsp. skinned black gram / urad dal
1 tsp. mustard seeds
A sprig of curry leaves 
2 green chilies (I used Serrano peppers. If using other varieties, adjust the quantity according to the spiciness preferred.)
2 -3 dried red chilies, broken into small pieces
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
A pinch of asafoetida powder
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

* Wash 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, Bengal gram, skinned black gram and mustard seeds. When peanuts start to turn reddish, add 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 cooked quinoa, salt, mustard and fenugreek powders to the pan and mix well to combine.
* Garnish with cilantro and serve.


Unknown 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) :)

Suganya said...

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

Unknown said...

definitely a healthy food.thanks for sharing.

Kiran said...


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'

Prema 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 P 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

chef and her kitchen said...

Nice twist..looks very colorful n yummy

Priya Suresh said...

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

Shanavi said...

looks fab Suma.. Delicious..

KrithisKitchen 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..

Unknown said...

that looks too good...i am tempted to make it now!...but i dont have mango...so will go get it!
nice one!
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Unknown said...

Thanks Suma telugu lo message vodaladiniki :)

swapna said...

Healthy and hearty breakfast....

vaishali sabnani said...

Suma , i love your recipes , they are simple but they look super . I bet this would be a treat fir everyone.

Srivalli said...

Excellent use of quinoa and mango...very innovative Suma..

Radha said...

Delicious meal, Suma! Nutritious too!