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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Quinoa with Beans and Corn-Quinoa Beans Corn Pilaf-Healthy Easy Quinoa Recipes

This Quinoa (KEEN-wah) pilaf is not only delicious and easy to prepare but also loaded with fiber and protein. It is wholesome and nutritious. It is perfect for a vegetarian or vegan diet. Today we will learn how to make flavorful and delicious quinao pilaf/pulao with beans and corn following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Quinoa with beans and corn
A bowl of goodness 

Quinoa with Beans and Corn

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineInternational

   Ingredients needed

   Quinoa - 1/2 cup
   Kidney Beans - 1/3 cup cooked
   Corn - 1/2 cup
   Coconut milk - 3/4 cup
   Water -1/4 cup
   Onion - 1 chopped
   Salt needed

   For Grinding

   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Garlic - 2 cloves
   Green Chilli -1
   Fresh mint leaves -fistful

   Spice powder

   Chilli powder/paprika - 1/4 tsp
   Cumin powder - 1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cloves - 2

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped


Grind ginger, garlic, green chilli and mint leaves to a fine paste.

If using canned beans, just rinse it well and use it. If using dried beans, soak it overnight and cook until soft. You can also use the pressure cooker.

Keep boiled corn ready.

I used homemade coconut milk.  You can use ready made coconut milk also. (Use 3/4 cup coconut milk + 1/4 cup water )


Heat oil in a pan, add cloves and cinnamon, saute for a few seconds and then add onions.

Saute until onions turn transparent. Then add the ground paste and saute until the raw flavor of the paste goes.

sauteing onions

Add chilli powder and cumin powder.

Add coconut milk + water, cooked beans, boiled corn and salt needed. When it starts boiling, add the quinoa and cook covered on low heat.

healthy quinoa pilaf

If you find the quinoa uncooked even after all the liquid has evaporated, you can sprinkle water and cook for a few more minutes until the quinoa is soft.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with a simple salad or roasted vegetables.

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