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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Quinoa Tomato Bath-Indian Quinoa Recipes-Vegan Recipes

Quinoa is considered a superfood. It is known for its high protein, fiber and minerals. I love Quinoa as it is a complete protein and try to include it in my diet now and then. It has all nine essential amino acids our body needs. As it is very rich in protein, it's perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Moreover it doesn't contain any gluten. It can be had for lunch, dinner or can be packed for office or school lunch boxes. Today we will learn how to make Quinoa Tomato Bath/Pilaf following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Quinoa Tomato Bath-Indian Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa Tomato Bath-Indian Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa Tomato Bath

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Dinner-Quinoa Recipes
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Quinoa - 1/2 cup
   Onion - 1/2 cup chopped
   Green chilli - 1 slit
   Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
   Garlic cloves - 3 finely chopped
   Tomato puree - 1 cup
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Sambar powder - 2 tsp
   Salt needed

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Cook quinoa as given in the link - How to cook Quinoa. Fluff it with a fork and keep it aside.

Grind/blend 3 ripe tomatoes and keep it ready. We need 1 cup of tomato puree.

Chop onions, ginger and garlic finely.


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves, onion, ginger and garlic. Add little salt and saute until onions turn transparent.

sauteing onions

Add tomato puree, sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt needed. (we have added salt while cooking the onions, so add accordingly).

how to make quinoa tomato rice

Cook until the rawness of the tomato goes and it oozes out oil. See the difference between the picture above and below. Cook the tomatoes well like that on medium flame stirring from time to time.

quinoa tomato bath recipe

Once the tomato puree is cooked well as shown above, fluff quinoa with a fork and add to the tomato mixture.

tomato rice with quinoa

Mix well until the quinoa is well coated with the tomato mixture. Check for salt and remove from heat. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Indian quinoa recipe with tomato

Serve hot with any raita or pachadi or salad of your choice. It will take only 15-20 minutes to prepare this dish. While the quinoa is cooking, you can make the tomato gravy and save a lot of time. 

Suggestions - You can add cooked peas and top it with mixed toasted seeds to make it more nutritious.

Tips for working women -You can prepare both quinoa and the tomato mixture a day before and refrigerate it. The next morning all you have to do is to mix both and reheat it.

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  1. hi. I just tried this recipe and it was so tasty. My hubby loved it. Thanks for such brilliant recipe.

  2. Loved it! Thanks padhu. My comments have been pending for a long time now.. For anything I need to refer I suffix padhus on the search bar:)

  3. Lovely picture. I love the way you present the recipes. Best wishes.

  4. It's a very appetizing and nutritious recipe..thanks P 😊

  5. Hi Padhu,
    Can we get quinoa in Chennai ? If yes, please let me know the tamil name of quinoa

    1. There is no tamil name for it. It is called quinoa only. Check in the imported section of big super markets.


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