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Quinoa pulao

Quinoa pulao is a popular Indian Main
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Serves 2


1 cup - Quinoa

1 Onion - (finely chopped)

1 cup - mixed vegetables

2 - Green chillies (sliced)

1 tsp - saunf/fennel seeds

1 stick - Cinnamon

2 - Bay Leaves

1 - Star anise (optional)

3 - Cardamom

1/4th cup - Raisins

2 tbsp - Ghee or oil

salt to taste

1/4th tsp - Garam Masala


  1. Wash the quinoa well under running cold water. Soak it for about 1/2 hr and then drain it and keep it aside.
  2. In a kadai or non-stick pan, heat some oil or ghee and add the masala items (saunf, cinnamon, bay leaf, star anise and Cardamom).
  3. Fry them for a couple of minutes and then add the raisins.
  4. Fry it for a minute until the raisins fluff up and then add the onions and green chillies.
  5. Saute until onions are translucent and then add the vegetables.
  6. Saute them for a few minutes (about 5 mins) and then add the drained quinoa.
  7. Fry the quinoa until all the moisture evaporates (about 7-8 mins).
  8. Add the salt and garam masala powder. Add about 2 cups of water and let it come to a boil over medium high heat.
  9. Then simmer and cook covered until the quinoa is cooked and all the water is evaporated (about 20 mins).
  10. This can be also cooked in a cooker.
  11. If there is some moisture left after the quinoa is cooked, you could open the lid and let it evaporate, stirring frequently.
  12. Recipe courtesy: My Cooking Journey
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