Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quinoa Payasam | Vegan | High Protein | Dessert

Know What You Eat: Looking for Healthy Nutritious Vegan version of Payasam/Kheer. Check this out. It has twice the protein of regular cereal grains, contains less carbohydrates, more healthy fats, fiber, phosphorus, calcium and is high in iron. A complete Gluten Free Vegetarian Grain. Lets discuss about the recipe, I saw this first at Shanavi's blog Kitchen Secrets and wanted to try ever since, though some changes were made like I used cracked wheat instead of Sabudana (Tapioca) added almonds and coconut milk according to our diet and it just turned out very well.

Quinoa Payasam

Quinoa Payasam Recipe : Adapted With Changes From Kitchen Secrets

  • 1/4 C Quinoa
  •  1/3 C Split Chickpea (Channa dal)
  • 1/4 C Cracked/Broken Wheat
  • 1 to 1 1/2 C Jaggery  (acc to taste)
  • 2 C Light Coconut Milk (Almond milk is good too)
  • Cardamom powder A  pinch
  • Nutmeg Powder  A pinch

For garnish
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Cashews, broken
  • 2 Tbsp Roasted Almonds,coarsely powdered
  • 2 Tbsp  Chironji seeds (Botanical name = Buchanania latifolia Roxb)
  • 1 Tbs Raisins
  • Wash Quinoa as per the instructions  mentioned in the back of the cover. Soak Quinoa for 15 minutes separately. Soak the channa dal and cracked wheat for 15 minutes as well. 
  • Pressure cook the channa dal along with cracked wheat for 2 whistles. ( U may do this as a stove top process as well . But that's very time consuming. )
  • Cook quinoa with enough water until they fall flat. Will definitely take 10 to 12 minutes to cook.
  • Once its cooked, with no water left, transfer the cooked dal + cracked wheat mixture to the cooked quinoa . Combine well. Add in coconut milk,  jaggery, cardamom & nutmeg powder  and mix well. Cover the pan 3/4 th so that the jaggery melts and incorporates with the payasam. Bring the payasam to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes and switch off.
  • Dry Roasted nuts / raisins separately to a golden brown color. Add  nuts mixture to the payasam and serve warm.. 


ramya anand said...

Came here searching for vegetarian recipes using quinoa..looks lovely..nice click

pon said...


Richa said...

This looks and sounds absolutely fantastic! quinoa in payasam!

We launched , a photo gallery site for Indian vegan food. Do drop by to submit your recipes. It is difficult to find recipes for special diets and hopefully this will help a few.:)

Also, ghee is made from milk, hence not vegan. So if you change that to oil, you can submit this recipe as well! we would love to see it on the gallery.

Hari Chandana P said...

Looks so delicious and tempting.. great recipe!

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