Quinoa Kichidi

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Quinoa Kichidi

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Quinoa is rapidly becoming a good substitute for rice in our home – It has a very distinctive taste and luckily one that all of us, right down to my toddler love. It actually tastes good with sambar, rasam, morekozhumbu , kootus and vetha kozhambu – It is protein packed and even smaller amounts tend to fill you up quickly . This seed is a keeper!

For those who have been following and reading my blog, you know that I have adopted some sneaky mom tactics in infusing veggies in just about every food, from pasta sauces, to upmas to chappatis and idli-dosais! Not that we don’t eat cut veggies – in fact veggies and curries are our sustenance, but those dishes more known to be veggie free like pongals and upmas, I use veggie juice as my base, so none of the goodness of the veggies is compromised on or eliminated. I used all of the juice and the fibers – do not strain out just the juice.
Quinoa also cooks better in a pressure cooker, with lot less water than you keep for rice and a lot less time to cook as well.

So here is my recipe – I presented this to you in my apple plates J

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Ingredients
1 and ½ cups of Quinoa
1 cup of water
Juice of 1 carrot, 1 tomato and 1 red bell pepper
1 chili
Thakda spices of choice – I used only mustard and asafetida and a little turmeric
Salt to taste
1 tsp of olive oil or other
½ cup grated coconuts
A few cashews (entirely optional)
Preparation
First juice your veggies/fruit to be technical about tomatoes J
In a pan, use 1 tsp of oil and pop the mustard and add the asafetida and turmeric.
Pour the puree and allow it to boil
Add salt as well
Get a pressure-cooker ready utensil/pot and add the quinoa (wash first) and add the juice
Stir the pot well and allow it to pressure cook for about 2 -3 minutes after rocker gets going.
Remove from cooker and turn well because the fiber from the juice would’ve settled on the top.
Put it in a large pan and break it up into florets.
Slightly toast the coconut
Top it over the khichdi
Mix in and serve hot with pickle and yogurt or other options!
Enjoy a guilt-free happy meal (:

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Posted on

April 19, 2011

58 Comments

  1. really this is a very healthy rcipe n i m goin to try this soon n let u know the result…gr8 n innovative idea :) expecting more of this kind…thanx for sharing…lovely clicks n very nice presentation…i ve to learn more from u people :))

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  2. I just had quinoa kichidi last nite for dinner!..I am in love with this grain!:)
    urs looks tempting…I can eat it all over again!
    Smitha
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

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  3. What a splendid Kichadi! Love the last picture~

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  4. Lovely presentation. I too love this grain for it's versatality and keep cooking it in all different ways I can think of.

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  5. Your Mom tactics can easily be transferred to Hubby tactics. LOL
    We do what we can to kick up the attraction of healthy food.
    You did a very unique preparation. Thanks for such a creative idea ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  6. Wat a presentation looks perfect. Dish looks yummy too.

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  7. Nice recipe…sounds tasty and yumm..

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  8. Quinoa lover here too..love the part of pureeing the veggies :)

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  9. Yummy recipe and excellent presentation…

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  10. wow this is superb!

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  11. Loved your presentation and your unique Kichadi.

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  12. Looks good Priya. I am yet to try this out..but with so many of you doing this, I should..

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  13. This looks a little too easy…are you being sneaky ninja with us like you do with the veggies in your itty bitty's food? :)

    Great stuff. Guess I need to get a pressure cooker!

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  14. What a delicious quinoa! I like how you sneak in those veggies!

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  15. I have not tried cooking with quinoa before as it not very common here…I should try to look out for some considering it is so filled with nutritions:)

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  16. I love quinoa too! Great idea of infuisng veggie juices into it!

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  17. This looks great! I'll have to pick up more quinoa to try this recipe!

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  18. i am a great fan of quinoa.. its so heathy .love to add it to my meal..

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  19. Healthy and yummy khichidi :)

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  20. Nice idea to sneak in the veggies! The kichadi is very nutritious!

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  21. Oo, that looks like a really original. Yum!

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  22. Lovely idea to use the veggie juice. Loved your presentation. Simple yet eye catchy.

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  23. Thats a very nice idea n healthy dish too

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  24. looks great…I've not tried quinoa before..will try this for sure…

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  25. looks great…I've not tried quinoa before..will try this for sure…

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  26. Priya..this is such a innovative recipe. Nice idea of adding veg juices to the khichdi. And the presentation is so cute.

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  27. Priya, this recipe looks new to me.. It looks very healthy and delicious..

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  28. Thats a wonderful looking kichdi, thats a brilliant idea of infusing veg juices in it…awesome..

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  29. wonderful idea…fabulous pictures

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  30. healthy kichadi n lovely presentation!!

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  31. I haven't tried quinoa yet..It looks super healthy and delicious..great recipe..thanks for sharing!

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  32. im so glad u love it…but i didnt get to pick the strawberries ;> im seeing a lot of ppl r using quinoa these day…im so curious. need to read up. looks yummy, something different 😀

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  33. Looks yummy and colourful.Just one question?Is quinoa available in chennai?If it is where?

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  34. Healthy and yummy kichadi..beautiful presentation.

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  35. Love the Kichidi Priya and the presentation as well. Great site you have here :-)

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  36. Healthy and yummy kichidi is always great for breakfast…

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  37. This khichdi looks superb..healthy one dear :)

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  38. That's such a hearty meal Priya :-) good luck with your blogging marathon !

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  39. Never cooked with quinoa, gotta remedy that soon! Lovely dish!

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  40. THank you for this original recipe. I have always loved quinoa and prepare it very often. However I was a little confused by the preparation steps. I do not use a pressure cooker to cook. How much time is required in your recipe as an adjustment? Also I was confused by the break into florets step? what is being broken into florets (I assume the meaning to be shaped like flowers or individual pieces like broccoli or cauliflower florets)
    thanks
    RSN

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  41. Hi Priya, Thanks for the soft and nice Ragi idlies you made for me.And I also liked the oats with bread crumbs with veggies,the spices added to idlies.amma.

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