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Friday, September 20, 2013

Q ~ Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries and Almonds

Event: Blogging Marathon
Theme: International / Fusion Theme

Pilaf / Pulav is a dish traditionally popular in the Middle east , South - Central Asia, Eastern Europe and South America where rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. Depending upon the region where it is cooked - meat, fish, vegetables, nuts are added to pilaf. Bulgur wheat / quinoa can replace rice for healthy versions. This nutrient, quick quinoa pilaf that I found at wholefoods website is the western version of it. If you find it bland, serve it with a spicy accompaniment.

Ingredients: (2 servings)
2 tsp olive oil  
1 small red onion, minced 
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained 
1 cup water / vegetable broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
* Heat oil in a medium pot / pan and add onions to it. Cook on low flame, stirring often, until softened. 
* Rinse quinoa well to remove the coating and drain. Add quinoa and toast for few seconds. Stir in water / broth and salt and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cranberries, cover again and continue to cook until liquid is completely absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes more. Toss with almonds and serve.
For a quicker option, quinoa can be cooked in a pressure cooker and then added to the sauteed onion.

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Srivalli said...

That's quite a simple yet filling bowl Suma. guess with spicy side dish this will be very nice..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and lovely looking ilaf.

Priya Suresh said...

Quinoa pilaf,very colourful,fruity and very nutty..

kitchen queen said...

delicious tempting and yummy.

Sandhya Karandikar said...

I am sure this will taste delicious. Looks lovely with the cranberries.

Radha Natarajan said...

beautiful recipe, amazing clicks and the write up. Enjoyed browsing.

Niloufer Riyaz said...

a very innovative pilaf

Chef Mireille said...

very common classic American combo..they sell this at Whole Foods and many lunchtime counters

Rajani S said...

I have some cranberries to be used up and this BM has given me a lot of choices!

Harini R said...

The cranberries sure add a nice punch in there!

Unknown said...

wow thats a very healthy and delicious quinoa pilaf :) Love the nutty touch looks yumm...

veena said...

simple, colourful yummy pilaf!!!

vaishali sabnani said...

this is book marked loved those cranberries, i normally add a handful to my salads!

Pavani said...

That is such a simple & healthy salad. Love those sweet & tart cranberries.