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Ma’s Creations: Quinoa Pulao Recipe

Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf

So Ma recently heard about quinoa from a friend. She pronounces the protein and iron rich food in the same way I did at first. “Qui-noa” rather than “KEEN-WAH”. I like the way she says it, so I haven’t corrected her just yet.

My favorite recipe using the grain/seed up until then was this breakfast porridge from Scott Jurek. Ma’s savory creation is a simple pulao that is tasty by itself or eaten with Indian dishes.

12 oz quinoa
½ onion, chopped small
few ounces peas
10 or so curry leaves
chili powder
cumin seeds

In a pan, caramelize onions for 7-9 minutes. Add in cumin seeds and allow to sputter till they darken (maybe 2 minutes). Add in quinoa, water and rest of ingredients. Cook until quinoa is plump and water is absorbed. (Around 20 minutes). Serve hot.

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