Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yogurt Quinoa

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Do you know concentrated sweeteners in any form, natural or not when combined with saturated fat, high levels of carbohydrates - release insulin, a hormone that promotes fat storage. This insulin response can lead to insulin resistance down the line, which is associated with a host of problems, including elevated triglycerides, heart disease, and diabetes. After all the festivities and the festive food high in sugar, carbohydrates and fat it is better to go for simple and nutritious easy to prepare meals. Few years back i would have settled with yogurt rice, but knowing the nutritional benefits of Quinoa which is low in carbohydrates and high in protein i replaced it with rice. This is one of the best quinoa dishes you can have, try this one out and i am sure you will go for yogurt quinoa instead of white rice in future.
Quinoa, the "mother grain," is an extremely nutritious seed. It has a protein value that is extremely high (12-18%) and the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is easy to digest and naturally contains no gluten. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron.
Cooking Time – 15 mins Preparation Time – 15 mins Serves – 2
Ingredients
Cooked Quinoa – 1 cup Raw milk Yogurt – 1/2 cup Grated & Finely Chopped Vegetables – 1/2 cup(Cucumber, Carrot, Red & Green Bell Pepper) Pomegranate seeds – 1/4 cup (optional) Chopped Cilantro – 2 tbsp(optional) Salt – 1 tsp or to taste
Tempering
Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida powder – pinch Chopped Curry leaves – 1/2 tsp(optional) Grated ginger – 1/2 tsp Chopped green chili – 1(optional)
Method
1) Soak, rinse, cook quinoa and set it aside to cool. 2) Add yogurt, chopped vegetables, pomegranate seeds, chopped cilantro, salt to the cooked quinoa and combine thoroughly. 3) Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds, once they stop spluttering, add asafoetida powder, green chili, grated ginger and curry leaves. Once the green chili slightly changes color, remove it and add it to the quinoa mix.

Note -  This can be given for toddlers also, if your toddler is still on mashed and soft food, do not add pomegranate seeds, chopped cilantro, chopped curry leaves, green chili and add grated whichever vegetables they can handle. I started quinoa to my daughter when she was handling only pureed and mashed foods. This is soft and mushy then rice and nutritionally much superior to rice.

Event Participation 1) The yogurt quinoa goes to Food for 7 stages of life-Cooking for Infants and Toddlers hosted by RV. This dish is very appropriate for Toddlers between 2-3 years of age.
2) The Yogurt Quinoa & Tindora (Little Gourd Curry) goes to Show me your lunch box hosted by Divya.
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3) This Yogurt Quinoa & Tindora(Little Gourd) curry also goes to Wholesome lunch box event hosted by Coffee and Vanilla.

48 comments:

Nithya said...

This is comforting and I love it too :)

Anncoo said...

Good to look at and nice to eat too :D

Prathibha said...

THat mang pickle looks so great..This is a fav at home...Never tasted quinoa so far but I m sure it would be great...

Gulmohar said...

Yogurt quinoa is new to me and looks fabulous...mango pickle is making me drool..:-)

prasu said...

wow.....healthy yogurt quinoa and delicious mango pickle.......nice cliks dear.

sangeeta said...

all the pics are great !!
quinoa we can't have here so we have to make do with barley and millet family..they are good too....this grain seems to be very versatile.

mango pickle looks yum , i have a hot one here...http://banaraskakhana.blogspot.com/2009/06/aam-ka-achar.html

Sarah Naveen said...

All beautiful and yummy entries...

Priya said...

Yogurt Quinoa looks delicious, tangy and spicy mango pickles tempting me a lot..

Suma Gandlur said...

S & M,
Really love the idea of replacing rice with quinoa and making it a whole lot healthier.

lata raja said...

Both of your dishes are pure delight!

Madhu said...

very healthy dish, my mouth just watered looking at that pickel. Awesome combo..

Anupama said...

Both are very nice entries... do you know the hindi/tamil name of quinoa? I'm going to try to find it in my area... never heard of it before...

avisha said...

Both the recipes are thumbs up. The pic to the Raw mango pickle is awesome.Thats my favorite.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

oh same pinch, I made this just yest..its a great substitute for curd rice.looks yum

Nostalgia said...

I liked the details you give about the pulses, lentils or whatever you are cooking. Its a good reminder to go healthy and appreciate your effort. Thanks you.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Both the recipes looks so inviting:)

Pavani said...

very interesting combination. Love the mango pickle.

Nandini said...

Wow! Healthy yogurt quinoa and spicy pickle! Super combo!

Preeti Kashyap said...

awesome and so comforting....i shd try this too as it is high in proteins.

chakhlere said...

both look very delish!!

I just love the raw mango pickle. Yummmmmmmmy!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely pics...beautifully presented it too...Thanks a lot for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment ...hope to c u again...take care

Priya Narasimhan said...

i want to have that mango pickle with curd rice now. :-)
The new template is beautiful..pictures are great..

*Mom's Best Bets said...

You always make such healthy lovely meals..this looks great

Divya Vikram said...

Looks very similar to curd rice. Great to hear about indianized versions of quinoa.

Chitra said...

U made me drooooooooooollllllllll :) yummy :)

notyet100 said...

ummm yummy,..;-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Awesome combo,looks like curd rice and pickle :) Pickle picture is droolworhty!!

Suparna said...

Hi,
The yogurt quinoa looks yummy,
The mango pickle is to die for, am drooling over looking at the snap :)
My mom makes instant pickles the same way but she doesnt add sesame oil.
Keep rocking!
TC

Padhu said...

Quinoa is new to me.I have to enquire.You mango pickle picture is very nice.

Rohini said...

Wow.. I am just drooling at the site of mango pickle!! I can finish it off just like that ;)
I am constantly reminded of my junky eating habits whenever I see your posts! Will soon switch over to healthy eaiting habits, thanks to you!! :)

Parita said...

Yogurt and Quinoa sounds super healthy and the pic looks very inviting! Is anyone of you a doctor? you always have such great info health benefits, its really very helpful, thanks a million :)

Vrinda said...

I lov mango pickle,my mouth is watering seeing ur pic...Quinoa is new to me ,sounds super healthy...

Sangeetha said...

What can one get more than mango pickle n curd rice,pic is classic.Quinoa is amazing .

Shri said...

Looks very tasty!Quinoa is healthy although I have never made it at home!

Spice said...

Mango pickle is so tempting....my all time favourite....still got to try quinoa,it's everywhere in the blog world.....I should also give it a try sometime.

Anupama said...

Thank you so much for the information. I talked to a friend about where to get Quinoa in the place and I live and to my surprise, it is available in the local grocery store here :-). Once again, thanks a lot for the information.

Ashwini said...

wonderful recipe.. can we get quinoa in local grocery store or is it available in indian store?

BTW i like ur new header...

rekhas kitchen said...

Both recipes sounds simply superb great entries and so beautiful pic. s

Vidya Rao said...

Yogurt Quinoa is so new to me..Thanks for sharing!The pickle is just too tempting!

Renu said...

wow....great combination. Where did u get raw mango in US?? would like to try it...also, can I use mustard oil?

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Thanks for stopping by kothiyavunu and for ur sweet comments.
U 2 have a fabulous recipe collection here..
Yogurt quinoa is new to me and looks fabulous...
Mango pickle is my all time favorite looks spicy and delicious!!See u often.:)Keep in touch

Prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

Mouth watering Pics of yummy Pickle
and yogurt quinoa esp i loved anardana ..
want to grab some from ur plate dear

Padma said...

Mango pickle looks mouthwatering and yogurt quinoa looks superb though am not a big fan of yogurt but the dish looks absolutely yummy and nice presentation :)

my kitchen said...

Both the dishes r really good,Love raw mango pickle

jayasri said...

I do use quinoa in lot of dishes, as I came to know about this through a very hard way, My MIL(who is no more) was suffering from Liver scerosis, that time the doctor had instructed us to give protein rich food, that was when I started looking out for protein rich food and came across quinoa, this one you have done is new to me, I must give it a try my kids may like it, great presentation and lovely click too...once again thanks for visiting my blog

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hello Muskaan & Sadhana,
Thanks for visiting my site. Today I decided to come visit yours.I'm impressed with the collection of recipes you have posted here. I'll stop by more frequently from now on. For a variant for this recipe, check mine out. Just today I had posted one of my MIL's recipe with Pom and Grapes.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all of you for your lovely comments. Do really appreciate them, do keep visiting.

Deepa said...

Saw your post last night and the recipe sounded like authentic thayir sadam - only quinoa in place of rice! Anyway I tried it today and it came out really well...Thanks to you!!

I didn't have any bell pepper or pomegranate. Instead I used finely cut raw mangoes and fresh black grapes which gave a nice sweet taste!

-Deepa

 
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