I'm back with one more addition to my Ekadashi menu... Quinoa with tomato chutney is my new invention !! I guess :) !!
Most of them dont know about Quinoa, Me too... I came to know about it from one of my Bengoli friend as she used to cook it for Ekadashi. Just started searching about it, Its is very easy to cook an tasty too.. The cooking time and the quantity of water to be added varies for Quinoa.
Quinoa is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) grown as a crop primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal as it is not a grass. Its leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable. Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard.
The grains are small yellow flattened spheres, approximately 1.5 to 2 mm in diameter. When cooked, the germ coils into a small "tail" that lends a pleasant crunch. The leaves of the quinoa plant can also be eaten.
Health Benifits of Quinoa,
Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
There are about 1480 calories in one pound of quinoa flour or seeds. The composition of the flour is approximately: 55.3% carbohydrates, 13.1% protein, 5.8% fat, 13.6% fiber, 9.3% water, and 2.9% minerals.
I'm so excited to send my this Healthy recipe toSuganya's - Tasty Palettes, as she as stated nutritious, well-balanced, healthy recipes that can be served at breakfast. This Quinoa is a healthy grain which can be taken on the daily basis.. Not only on Ekadashi :) ..!!
So here is what I got a new dish to add it to my blog for Ekadashi menu and Healthy Eats - WBB entry.. Here comes my version of Quinoa with Tomato Chutney... A healthy breakfast on a fasting Ekadashi day.... Enjoy!!
1 cup Quinoa
3/4 cup Water
1 tsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Pepper Powder
Salt as per taste
1. Wash the Quinoa with water.
2. Add ghee, pepper powder, water and, Pressure cook untill two whisle.
3. Serve with tomato chutney.
Here comes cooked Quinoa.....
Every one are familiar with the Tomato chutney, Nothing special i guess.... :) !! But here is just a simple and easy way i prefer to make, and have with Quinoa....
1 cup Tomatoes Chopped
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
1/4 tsp Tamarind paste
1/2 tsp Jaggery (if u wish to have Katta Metta taste)
Pinch of Turmeric powder
Salt as per taste
1 tbsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1. In a pan heat up the ghee, add mustard seeds, When it starts popping p add Cumin seeds and curry leafs.
2. Now add the chopped tomatoes and let it cook for few 2-3 minutes.
3. Later smash the tomatoes, add chilly powder, tamarind, jaggery, turmeric powder and add 1/4 cup of water and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add water depending on the thickness you want the Chutney to be.
This tomato chutney can be saved for one week when refrigerated in air tight containner.
Here comes my Ekadashi plate - Quinoa with Tomato Chutney and Avocado milk shake....
This healthy plate goes to Suganya's...
Refferences : Wikipedia and WHFoods