Sunday, July 5, 2009

Coconut Quinoa

Know what you Eat - A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" native to South America, quinoa is high in protein, the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa's amino acid profile is well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, also 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. Coconut is a tropical fruit that is rich in protein. Coconut boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance. It quickly creates a nutritional boost of energy that lasts. Coconut prevents weight and obesity problems by speeding up the metabolism.

I love coconut rice and wanted to try it with quinoa. Quinoa has a very slight bitter taste, which was totally unnoticeable in this dish. The sweetness and flavor of coconut, gave quinoa a total new makeover. This dish is guilt free with less carbs and power packed with protein.

Cooking Time - 10 minutes
Preparation Time - 10 minutes
Serves - 3 to 4

Ingredients

Cooked Quinoa - 2 cups
Unsweetened Grated Coconut (fresh if possible) - 1 cup
Red or Green Chillies - 4 (more if you want it spicy)
Roasted Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp
Broken Urad Dal - 4 tsp
Chopped curry leaves - 4 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp or to taste

Garnishing

Roasted Cashews - 4 tsp
Chopped cilantro - 4 tsp

Method

1) Soak Quinoa in water for atleast half an hour, rinse and drain. Add 2 measures of water to 1 measure of Quinoa and salt to taste and cook till it fluffs up.
2) Remove quinoa and let it cool completely.
3) Heat oil, add mustard seeds and once it stops spluttering add asafoetida powder, broken urad dal, chillies, curry leaves. Saute for a minute till the urad dal slightly browns.
5) Now add the grated coconut and keep stirring continously for few minutes till the coconut slightly browns evenly.
6) Switch off add roasted peanuts, salt and cooked Quinoa and mix thoroughly.
7) Garnish with cashews and cilantro and serve.
8) If you are planning to cook and store this dish, saute the coconut for few more extra minutes.

Event Participation

This dish goes to PJ's Lets Go Nuts- Coconut event.

This goes to EFM June Breakfast series hosted by Srish.


Original Recipes - Monthly Round up hosted by Lorie.
This white peaceful dish goes to FIC - Express your mood hosted by Nithya Praveen and started by Sunshine Mom.

32 comments:

Parita said...

Ah this sounds so delicious! thanks for sharing!

Mangala Bhat said...

Thanks For sharing !!..:P Lovely ..nice recipe !!

Lisa said...

I must try this. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains and I don't think I have ever prepared it with coconut!

Suparna said...

hello,
I love the way u experiment with food :) it looks so full of health ...wow! looks like a peace spreading food :)

Pooja said...

Looks so delicious! Quinoa with coconut..yummy!

Shri said...

This dish looks so delicious.Will give it a try

Poornima Nair said...

Sounds delicious...must look for this grain.

Ashwini said...

looks yummy.. perfect breakfast..

kittymatti said...

hey this is reall good!! very informative!! good reicpe:)

Stephanie said...

Hi, Thanks for answering my question...I guess I knew what it was but hadn't heard the term before. I am looking forward to making a LOT of your recipes, after I return from vacation. Coconut Quinoa sounds great!!
Peace, Stephanie

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum - coconut quinoa sounds delicious - great idea!

bindiya said...

This looks sooo good, would love to have some right now!

sangi said...

Looks delicious...have to try...

iRaw said...

Ooh, this looks wonderful!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks really cool,wish to taste some:)

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Awesome recipe. Looks delicious:).

Priya said...

Wow very unique! looks delicious!

Hari Chandana said...

sounds too good.. lovely click.. thanx for sharing !!

Kalaivani said...

Love the coconut combo,it looks so yummy.

aquadaze said...

sounds delicious and looks very light!

Lore said...

You're on a quinoa roll :). Sounds refreshing, a great dish! Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Original Recipes Round-Up.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all for visiting and leaving your comments.

Vidya said...

Nice one. What a coincidence I just made a quinoa dish today. Will be posting it soon.

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Cheers,
Vidya

DEESHA said...

wow, this looks so tasty

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow...that looks yum....

Preeti Singh said...

Sounds delicious and different....very inviting..

Nithya Praveen said...

Sounds so delicious.I have never used this ingredient.Shud try.Thanks for sharing and for sending it to my event.

Soma said...

Sounds like a wonderful idea!

Madhuram said...

That's a wonderful idea girls!

Pari said...

Hi ! I think my first time here and must say a good collection of recipes. Do visit my blog would love to hear from you.

Pavithra said...

Hey this is so innovative.. since bit busy i know i am missing some lovely post from everyones space but i will try to catch soon dear.. this is really interesting and i have bookmarked it ..let you know the outcome

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

I've been browsing your blog for quite some time this afternoon and I really love your recipes. I think this one will be the first one I try!

 
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