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!
INDIAN SPICED QUINOA
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1 whole cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 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.
Recipe found @ www.laurelonhealthfood.com