The Healthy Plate: Quinoa - Spicy Peas Pulav (Pilaf)

The Healthy Plate: Quinoa - Spicy Peas Pulav (Pilaf)

Quinoa - Spicy Peas Pulav (Pilaf)

New year and new beginnings, this blog will have a new theme too.Based on ingredients in the main role,thus my recipes will flow for you.........A few posts on Quinoa as the star,in a series of savory and sweets.And what will follow next?

of following our hearts to bliss,

I wish you all the very best,

with sunshine, smiles and a kiss........ For Cooking Quinoa:1 cup Quinoa2 cups Water1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt1 teaspoon Oil1 small Cinnamon stick3 to 4 cloves2 cardamom podsWash and thoroughly rinse quinoa. Heat oil and gently fry the whole spices for a minute.Add the quinoa, then pour in the water.Let it boil, then cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.Take it off the heat and let it rest till all the water is absorbed.Remove the whole spices from the quinoa. Pulav:1 medium sized finely sliced Red Onion1 finely diced sweet Red Pepper3/4 cooked Green Peas 1/4 cup chopped Cashew nuts1/4 cup Raisins1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder1 teaspoon Cumin seeds1 teaspoon Garam MasalaThe cooked Quinoa1 tablespoon OilSea salt to taste1/4 cup chopped Fresh CorianderHalf a LemonHeat oil in a pan and brown the cumin seeds,then add the sliced onions, red pepper,cashewnuts and raisins and fry together.Add the green peas, then garam masala, sea-salt and turmeric.Saute together for a few minutes then add the cooked quinoaand mix well. Add some lemon juice and fresh coriander.I served the pulav warm with a big dollop of cucumber raita:finely diced cucumber mixed with goats milk yogurt,sea salt, garlic and chili flakes. Notes:Quinoa is not a true cereal or grain, but a seed.It is gluten free, alkaline in nature and easy to digest.Unlike wheat or rice, which are low in lysine,quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids,making it an unusually complete protein source (12% to 18%)It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorousand is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked,and a mild nutty flavor suitable for sweet and savory dishes.I use Quinoa seeds, flakes, pops and flourand my recipes will showcase them in all these forms.Keep it Simple. Be Creative.Taste and Play. Find your Own Way.

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Quinoa - Spicy Peas Pulav (Pilaf)