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Recipe: Curried Quinoa

Quinoa is another versatile grain that’s come to light with recent diet studies. It’s a great substitute for rice or pasta in some recipes, as it overcomes many of the shortcomings of most other grains like wheat. It’s not purely carbohydrate, it also packs some healthy fats, proteins, and a lot of micronutrients.

Here’s a recipe to let quinoa do all the work, while enjoying the same great flavours you wouldn’t expect in a healthy dish.

curried quinoa spices
photo: bookchen

Recipe: Curried Quinoa

Servings: 4

Ingredients
– 2 Cups Water
– 1 cup White Quinoa, uncooked
– 1/2 cup Yellow Onions, chopped
– 2 Cloves Garlic, crushed
– 1/2 Tbsp Curry Powder
– 2 Tsp Coconut Oil (substitute with vegetable oil)
– 1 Tsp Turmeric powder
– 1/2 Tsp Honey
– 1/4 Tsp True Cinnamon powder
– 1/4 Tsp of Chilli Flakes
– 1/2 Tsp Parsley Flakes
– 1 Bay Leaf
– Salt & Black Pepper to taste
– Sliced nuts for topping (optional)

Cooking instructions

1. In a sauce pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Saute the chopped onions for 3-4 minutes until soft.
2. Then add the crushed garlic cloves, the curry powder, cinnamon powder, and turmeric. Cook for about 30 seconds – 1 minute while stirring well to release the oils from the spices.
3. Add quinoa, water, bay leaf, honey, parsley, chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
4. Cook covered for about 15 minutes. Open the lid to check that all the liquid has been absorbed. Mix the quinoa well, and pick out the bay leaf.
5. Taste and add more salt / pepper if necessary. Add optional sliced nuts.
6. Serve hot!

quinoa with nuts and spices
photo: Rachel Hathaway

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