Healthy Lemon (Rice) Quinoa

A while ago, I expressed concern about the protein intake to my one of my friend and she suggested me to try quinoa. She handed me few recipes and also taught me to cook quinoa. Ever since I have been trying many recipes using this wonderful protein rich grain. This is one of the grains that supply all the required amino acids to our body. Not even our dals have all the nine of them separately. This is the reason that our tradition is to cook multiple lentils to get all the required amino acids in a staple vegetarian diet.

These days I am trying to make Indianized recipes. I tried to make lemon (rice) quinoa and came out very well.

Quinoa – 1 cup
Green Chillies – 4 or 5
Curry Leaves
Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
Olive oil – 1 or 2 teaspoons
Urad dal – 1/2 teaspoon
Channa Dal – 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

1. Rinse, wash and cook quinoa.
2. On a separate pan, make seasoning with little olive oil, mustard seeds, urad and channa dal. Add split green chillies, curry leaves, add turmeric powder and turn off heat.
3. Pour the seasoning on cooked quinoa, add lemon juice and salt and mix throughly.
4. Serve it with nice raw mango pickle and enjoy the nutritious quinoa.


Raw Mango Pickle

This is an instant pickle that goes well with any kind of upma, variety rice etc. Back home, we used to get lots of varieties and one famous for doing this is called ‘Kizhi Muukku Manga’. But, here we get only one variety and that tastes awesome too. This same pickle can also be done with dosakai. I will post the dosakai recipe sometime later. Now for the yummy mango pickle. It is so good that it makes you look for raw mango always. Enjoy!

Raw Mango – 1 small
Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon
mustard seeds
curry leaves

1.Chop the mango into little pieces.
2.Make seasoning using little oil, mustard seeds, a pinch of asafoetida and curry leaves.
3. Add chilli powder, salt and seasoning to the mango and mix well.
4. Serve with rice or upma of your choice.