Quinoa with Soya chunks and Veggies

Quinoa has excellent source of protein and fibre. I have been using it for a while now and tried different recipes with that. I used the Organic tricolour/white quinoa from Trader Joe’s.

quinoa

Compared to the Indian sooji/broken wheat, I personally found Quinoa to be delicious. Buying this grain in India is expensive.

The benefits of quinoa are available in the following link Quinoa benefits.

Ingredients: (4 servings)

Quinoa – 1 cup

Vegetables of your choice (carrots/ beans/corn/ baby corn/potato/zucchini/peas/red or yellow capsicum,etc) – finely chopped – 3/4 cup

Onion(big) – 1

Tomato medium sized – 2 or pasta sauce – 2 to 3 tbs,

Soya chunks(small) boiled and drained – handful

Olive oil – 1 tbs

Green Chilli slit- 1

Mustard – 1tsp

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

Asafoetida – a pinch

Curry leaves – 4-5

Salt to taste

Method:

I used a small pressure pan to cook this easy recipe.

  1. Heat oil in the pan and add mustard seeds.
  2. When the mustard seeds start crackling, add cumin seeds along with urad dhal and sauté them lightly.
  3. Add the green chilli, curry leaves, asafoetida and fry for few seconds.
  4. sauté onions till they turn translucent.
  5. Add the pasta sauce or chopped tomato and fry for a minute till they soften. (I used pasta sauce)
  6. To the above mixture add the veggies and fry for another minute.
  7. Pour 2 and a half cups of water to the mixture and add salt as required.
  8. When the mixture starts to boil, add the soya chunks along with quinoa and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
  9. Garnish with coriander if desired.
  10. Serve with pickle.

Served with fried Cashew and Kara Boondi for the kids:

quinoa_topped with boondi

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Instant Groundnut(Peanut) Chutney

This chutney is easy to prepare and kids would love the taste of it. You can store it in a container and use it as needed by just adding water to the mixture to make the chutney.

Ingredients:

Peanuts – 1 cup

Refined oil – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder – ½ to 1 tsp as per your taste

Salt to taste

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the peanuts till they darken and you get the aroma. Allow it to cool.

2. Add salt and chilli powder to the above mixture and grind finely. Adjust the salt and chilli powder as per your taste.

3. Store the powder in an airtight container to retain its freshness.

Serving Suggestion:

Take a spoon or two of the ground powder and mix it with little water to get the right consistency and sauté with mustard seeds, jeera seeds, split urad dal, and curry leaves.