Quinoa. High on protein, fibre,minerals and vitamins, It’s a super nutritional food packed with lots of good health. Quinoa is an wholesome meal that can be had for lunch, dinner or brunch.
Every fitness enthusiast recommends it as a substitute to rice these days. I had a bowl of leftover rice which I used in the biryani. You can make this recipe sans rice too.
So Let’s get started :
1 cup Quinoa soaked in water for an hour
1 cup boiled rice. (I used regular rice, basmati rice can also be used)
1 cup chopped vegetables of your choice (I used carrots, French beans, peas and potatoes)
5-6 small cubes of paneer (cottage cheese)
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
1 medium sized tomato finely chopped
1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 & 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp jeera powder (cumin)
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp yogurt
1 & 1/2 tbsp oil or ghee (clarified butter)
1 bay leaf
2 green chillies roughly chopped
1-2 green cardamom
Salt to taste.
Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaf, cloves, cardomom and green chillies. When the chillies are fried, add chopped onions and sauté till it becomes translucent.
Add ginger garlic paste, jeera powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder & cinnamon powder and sauté for a minute.
Add chopped tomatoes and 2 tbsp of water and cook till the tomatoes becomes soft.
Now add the soaked quinoa,chopped vegetables, paneer, salt and yogurt and cook on a medium flame till the vegetables are tender and soft. (Make sure you drain the quinoa of excess water before adding it.)
Add the boiled rice to it and mix it well.
Your quinoa biryani is read to be relished. Serve it hot with Raita or Papad.