Cilantro lemon quinoa pilaf

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Difficulty: Medium

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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced/crushed in a mortar and pestle
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp rosemary, dried
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro/Coriander leaves - a handful
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon

How to Make Cilantro lemon quinoa pilaf

  • Wash quinoa in running water. Use a sieve or a cheese cloth to make it easier.
  • In a thick-bottomed saucepan, add olive oil and allow it to heat up.
  • Reduce the flame to low.
  • Add minced garlic and let it brown.
  • Then, add finely chopped onions and saute until it becomes translucent and changes to light brown.
  • Then, add green peas, 1/2 tsp salt and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add quinoa and saute for a minute or two.
  • Then, add chicken stock.
  • Add pepper powder, paprika, dried rosemary and adjust salt if required.
  • Stir it well to combine.
  • Close the lid and let it cook on a low flame for 15-20 minutes or until the water has evaporated.
  • Open the lid, add cilantro, lemon juice and stir well.
  • Serve it hot like a salad or as a main dish along with some curry/stew or a small portion of meat/fish.
  • Recipe Courtesy: Food for 7 Stages of Life