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Quinoa pulao
By : Sandhya Ramakrishnan
Category : Health food, Pulao
Servings : 4
Time Taken : 30-45 mins
Rating :
  1. Wash the quinoa well under running cold water. Soak it for about 1/2 hr and then drain it and keep aside.
  2. In a kadai or a non stick pan, heat some oil or ghee and add the masala items (saunf, cinnamon, bay leaf, star anise and Cardamom). Fry them for couple of minute or until fragrant and then add the raisins.
  3. Fry it for a minute until the raisins fluff up and then add the onions and green chilies.
  4. Saute until onions are translucent and then add the vegetables.
  5. Saute them for few minutes (about 5 mins) and then add the drained quinoa. Fry the quinoa until all the moisture evaporates (about 7-8 mins).
  6. Add the salt and the garam masala powder. Add about 2 cups of water and let it come to boil over medium high heat. Then simmer and cook covered until the quinoa is cooked and all the water is evaporated (about 20 mins). This can be also cooked in cooker.
  7. If there is some moisture left after the quinoa is cooked, you could open the lid and let it evaporate, stirring frequently.

Recipe and image courtesy: My Cooking Journey

1 cup quinoa
1 onion (finely chopped)
1 cup mixed vegetables (I used carrots, beans, peas and bell pepper)
2 green chilies (sliced)
1 tsp saunf/fennel seeds
1 stick cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1 star anise (optional)
3 cardamom
1/4th cup raisins
2 tbsp ghee or oil
Salt to taste
1/4th tsp garam masala
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