Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sesame Quinoa

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Know what you Eat - Quinoa, 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. If you are on a weight loss program or aiming for a
high protein low carb diet, go for quinoa. Rice, Wheat, Corn, barley even if they are whole grains they
do add to weight problems, but a seed based diet like Quinoa, Ragi(Finger Millet) will allow you to
take charge of your weight. Even though whole grains, contribute an important part in the food
pyramid there are various views on this and some believe these to be the cause of obesity, diabetes
etc. But it is very difficult to eliminate grains, when you are used to a grain based staple.  But substituting
it with seeds like Millet, Quinoa at least one meal of the day will really help in moving towards the direction.

When you are changing your eating pattern and substituting your staples with new things, you do get craving
to eat the things you liked. Quinoa and finger millet are slowly replacing our staples. Inorder not to get bored and make it more appetising, i try susbtituting quinoa with different rice varieties, which i am used to and this is one of them.

Preparation Time – 5 mins
Cooking Time – 25 mins
Serves – 2

Ingredients

Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
Red Chili – 4-6 or to your taste
Salt – 1 tsp or to your taste
Quinoa – 1 cup
Oil – 2 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Split Urad Dal – 2 Tsp
Asafoetida a pinch
Curry leaves – few
Water

Method

1) Rinse and soak and rinse sesame seeds in enough water for 2 hours.
2) Rinse and soak for 30 minutes.
3) Drain the water completely from the sesame seeds.
4) Cook the Quinoa with 1 1/2 cups water till they are fluffed up or
you can pressure cook for 1 whistle and switch off.
5) Heat a pan and add the drained sesame seeds and keep stirring till they
are evenly popped.
6) Leave the sesame seeds to cool for few minutes.
7) Meanwhile take the quinoa out and let it cool down. I actually make this
using quinoa cooked from the previous day, which is refrigerated to get
a nice separate grains.
8) Grind the sesame seeds with red chili and salt to coarse to fine powder.
9) Heat a pan, add oil and add the mustard seeds, once they stop spluttering
add urad dal and a pinch of asafoetida powder and the curry leaves.
10) Add this oil to the quinoa and then add the sesame powder and mix well.
11) Serve this with raita, yogurt with raw vegetables of your choice for a quick, healthy and balanced
meal.

Notes -  Add sesame powder according to your taste more or less and the
left over sesame powder keeps well in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks.


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Event Participation

1) This goes to Cooking with Sesame seeds event hosted by Priya.

43 comments:

Happy Cook said...

I have never made anything with Quinoa and this recipe looks so intresting.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Interesting...mom use to make sesame rice the same way......In open pan quiona takes a long time .Tips please?So i usually pressure cook.

jeyashrisuresh said...

We make the same with rice and add peanuts to it.Never tried this quinoa.nice to know abt its nutritional information

Tina said...

Never tried this before...Looks delicious...

shanthi said...

We do it the same for ellorai using rice.Delicious.

Ambika said...

That looks yummy!!! Such a delicious way to eat healthy food :)

Preeti Kashyap said...

Looks awesome! Reminds of ellu sadam!

Sarah Naveen said...

I am yet to try this..Looks fabulous!!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice entry for the event! never bought quinoa,will look out in stores next time!

Pavithra said...

Nice idea of using sesame powder in quinoa instead of rice... must try this looks so delicious.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

that's a delicious and a healthy dish which really mouth-watering!!

Abhilash said...

I hope we call this as sabudana and it is normally prepared during fast sessions.

Your recipe is good and easy to prepare. The picture also looks nice.

Rachana Kothari said...

A vrey interesting, healthy and nutritious recipe... looks great too:)

Vrinda said...

Looks absolutely delish...never tried anything with quinoa,nice pic

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Nice post and a infomative one too...must make try:)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all for your comments. Yes we do Ellu Sadam - Sesame Rice which is one of my favorite and i did susbtitute Quinoa instead of rice. Abhilash, these are quinoa seeds which are of South American origin and not sabudana.

Padma said...

Nice way of using this in quinoa. Looks so yumm and nice bright pic. Have some awards for you at http://padmasrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/sweet-potato-paratha.html

Reshmi said...

never tried this one...even never heard..nice recipie....nice presentation too..

Parita said...

Delicious and flavorful quinoa!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Not tried making Quinoa recipes, your recipe looks delicious and will be great to start. Will try this asap dear:)

AshKuku said...

looks very delectable... Nice pic to match....

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Stephanie said...

I've been making quinoa lately, too and always on the lookout for more recipes to cook with it. I think you could try basically any rice recipe and do with quinoa instead. Peace, Stephanie

Priya said...

Sesame quinoa looks absolutely delicious, wat a wonderful idea of using quinoa...thanks for sending to CWS..

simplyfood said...

This looks interesting.I have never cooked with quinoa but this recipe looks so good I may give it a try.

Gulmohar said...

Very interesting..love the texture :-)

Mriganayani said...

Just had quinoa yesterday! Looks delicious - will try your recipe soon!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

defntly unique..and looks pretty traditional( dont ask me y)

sowmya.s said...

interersting recipe..looks yumm..

3 hungry tummies said...

Never used quinoa before, it sounds really interesting!

PJ said...

wow, this is such a unique and creative recipe! Quinoa is my favorite substitute for rice but I have never used Quinoa with sesame and red chilis like this; I can imaging though that it will taste awesome. Great recipe and a great click.

SE said...

sounds very delicious...

Rekha shoban said...

nice click and delicious..

Nandini said...

Very flavorful quinoa and sounds delicious! Wish I cud get some :)

Oraphan said...

I love Quinoa! So glad to know more about it. I've tried cooking with quinoa only once, my family didn't like it so I've never cooked it again. Maybe I'll give your recipe a try, hop my family will like it.

Devi Meyyappan said...

Thanks a lot for the information!!.. I dint know what it was.. looks great.. !!

Devi Meyyappan said...

Hiii..I would like to share 2 awards with you, Please accept it from my blog:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Yet to taste this....recipe sounds yum....

Spice said...

sounds delicious...

Shri said...

Looks delish!I never tried Quinoa..I should!

Siddhi S said...

wow very healthy n interesting recipe

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all for your comments, appreciate your time and efforts.

AdukalaVishesham said...

never tried anything with soaked sesame seeds... looks very simple yet interesting... good recipe

Anupama said...

This is going to my bookmarks for sure. I tried puliyodharai with quinoa and it was great!

 
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