Indian Spiced Quinoa

31 Oct

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This was my lunch today!  It was very yummy I must say.  It is a great dish, full of the traditional Indian spices like turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon.  Not only do these spices have wonderful health benefits, but the quinoa (pronounced “keenwah”)  is also a healthy whole grain that is packed full of protein.

This flavorful quinoa can be enjoyed by itself as the main dish, or as a side, or perhaps sprinkled over salad greens.  It is a very versatile dish and very easy to make.

I hope you enjoy!


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 shallots

2 garlic cloves

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

1 whole cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 orange

1/3 cup raw cashews, chopped

1 tsp hot water

Rinse quinoa in water, strain and set aside.  Chop shallots and garlic and toss them in a pan with the coconut oil.  Heat over medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the shallots and garlic begin to soften.  Sprinkle in the spices and cinnamon stick.  Stir and allow favors to blend for 1 minute.

Add the quinoa and water to the pot with the spices.  Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.  As soon as the water boils, give it a quick stir and cover.  Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.  Do not lift the lid during this time.

Remove the lid, stir and fluff with a fork.  Remove the cinnamon stick.  Squeeze the juice of the orange and pour it over the quinoa.  Sprinkle in the salt, hot sauce, and cashews.  Stir gently with a fork and serve warm.

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4 Responses to “Indian Spiced Quinoa”

  1. mmmarzipan October 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    sounds delicious

  2. miyoreos November 1, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    This looks delicious! I never know what to do with Quinoa, so I rarely buy this. But this seems like a great recipe to keep around in case I do decide to try making quinoa again :)

    Hugs and puppies!
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    • sugaredpecan November 1, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      Thank you so much for the nomination it is much appreciated! This is a wonderful dish, you should give it a try! Thanks again!!

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