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Friday, December 23, 2011

Quinoa Khichdi ~ Spicy Quinoa - Toordal Stew

Second week of blogging marathon #11 starts from today and I have chosen to go with "Mixed themes" for this week. My pick for today is lunchbox theme and so here is quinoa khichdi, a flavorful and healthy one pot dish. It is quick and simple to put together (especially in an Indian kitchen) and so qualifies for lunchboxes or quick fix meals on busy nights. 

Ingredients for 2 servings:
1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup toordal
3/4 cup chopped vegetables (I used carrot, beans, potatoes and tomato.)
A pinch of turmeric powder
1.5 tsp sambhar powder
1.5 Tbsp tamarind puree or to taste
1/2 tsp chili powder
Salt to taste
For tadka: 1 Tbsp ghee / oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, few curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida powder

* Wash quinoa and toordal with plenty of water by rubbing them in between your fingers and drain.
Add quinoa, toordal, turmeric, vegetables and about a cup of water to a container and cook in a pressure cooker. Alternatively, the ingredients can be cooked in a saucepan on stove top until toordal turns mushy.
* Melt ghee in another pan / a small kadai and add the mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add curry leaves and asafoetida. Then add the cooked quinoa - dal mixture, sambhar powder, salt, chili powder and tamarind to it. Add about 1/2 cup of water if needed, to reach the desired consistency. Mix well and cook for about five minutes. Turn off  the stove and serve warm with papad / potato chips.

This goes to MLLA - 42, hosted by Kiran, an event by Susan.


Unknown said...

I love khichdi. This one sounds like an interesting twist to the regular rice and dal khichdi....would love to try it.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Such a comfort food for this weather,awesome click dear...

Hari Chandana P said...

Nice and interesting recipe.. truly delicious !!
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The Pumpkin Farm said...

looks deliciously apetizing

Priya Suresh said...

Wow wat a super filling,healthy,nutritious n comforting khichdi..tempting Suma.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Khicdhi looks very tempting!!!!

Sumi said...

absolutely adore the combination...Iam going to buy Quinoa just to try this recipe out :)Happy Holidays

Srivalli said...

Very comforting looking bowl Suma..

Vardhini said...

Nice use of quinoa and love the clicks.

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Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

nice idea, to combine dal & quinoa. looks healthy & tasty

Pavani said...

Very unique dish with quinoa. Using toor dal is also interesting. Bookmarked to try soon.

Kalyani said...

thats one yummy one pot meal. I dont get quinoa where I live, but am sure I can substitute with something similar !

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Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks awesome and healthy!

Chef Mireille said...

this looks so good...and I try to eat quinoa more than rice because of the health benefits

Gayathri Kumar said...

Looks so nutritious. I wanted to try out dishes with quinao but it is very costly here in India....

Anonymous said...

I tried your recipe and it came out really tasty. I liked it alot.