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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Quinoa with Tomato Chutney


Quinoa With Tomato Chutney

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.....


Tomato Chutney

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
Curry leaves


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.

Tomato Chutney

Here comes my Ekadashi plate - Quinoa with Tomato Chutney and Avocado milk shake....

Quinova with Tomato Chutney

This healthy plate goes to Suganya's...

Healthy Eats - WBB

Refferences : Wikipedia and WHFoods


FH said...

I tried to find Quinoa, so far can't find it. Looks great, tomato chutney is a good combo!:))

Suganya said...

Quinoa is always in my pantry. This is the way I usually make it. You can leave out the onion too. Thanks for participating in the event.

Archy said...

Hi.. Asha,
Thank you dear..
U can find Quinoa in Wild Oats or Whole foods, these are organic and Vegan Malls !! check out here Whole Foods.

Thank you for letting me know one more dish for my Ekadashi menu :) !!

Uma said...

What a healthy recipe. I shall definitely try this. Nice entry.

Jayashree said...

Quinoa looks a lot like sabudana, doesn't it??? Is the taste similar?

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Archy good healthy recipe. It is smiliar like sabudana right!! Will try to make it. It will help of my fasting day :)

Pooja said...

thats really a lovely breakfast archy. thanks for sharing Archana.

Pooja said...

thats really a lovely breakfast archy. thanks for sharing Archana.

Archy said...

Thank you.. Sure try it tel me how u liked it :) !!

It looks similar after cooked,its smallar in size and tastes better then Sabudana.. Try it.. its different :) !!

Thank a lot...
It is better then sabudana... and gud while fasting, u get lot of energy !! Sure and let me know how is it :) !!

Ur welcome....

Dhivya said...

looks yummy and delicious..will surely try...

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh, this ones quite new to me....Will look for it when i go to the store new time. btw, how does it taste?? Is it salty flavored? bcoz i noticed that you havent mentioned salt...

Sia said...

thats surely one healthy bf archy.

Rajitha said...

simple and delicious Archy..nice combo :)

Meera said...

I use Quinoa regularly. Have made khichdi with it adding moog daal. you have given wonderful information. didn't know that it is a "fast food"! :-D
Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.

Archana Doshi said...

Quinoa is something which we dont get in india. But this one is interesting with tomato chutney. Avocado milk shake, is it a special combination with this Quinoa?

Roopa said...

hi Archy this is a gret recipe :) i still haven't found quinoa would definately search again!

Archy said...

Thanks a lot dear.. Sure.. !!

Yup, New.. :) !! Its like rice, so add salt as per ur taste !! i have mentioned salt as per taste !!

Thanks!! Really healthy :)..

Yup, Thank u dear!!

Oh dats nice.. shall surely try next time Quinoa Khichidi..
thanks dear !!

Ya dats true.. Thank you..
No such combination, I just make it so dat stomach wil be filled on fasting day :) !!

thanx dear, Sure search and have a healthy bf :) !!

Grihini said...

Quinoa?? I am hearing it for the first time Archy. Any idea whats it called in Kannada?
As u have suggested, let me try and get a pack from wild oats!
Very nice entry to the event. :)

bha said...

hey Quinoa is new to me, and the dish looks awesome....thanks for introducing it to first time here, nice place you have got here

Recipes From India said...

I have to try it out. Your presentation is good. Thanks for the recipe.