Sunday, February 27, 2011

Quinoa Pulao

I m back into my blogging world, after a small gap. I m in Chennai now with my in-laws. Missing my kitchen and specially the oven.

Quinoa, Kinwa, I am still having a problem in pronouncing the name correctly.

Hope everybody knows the nutritional fact of this grain. It is rich in protein and contains essential amino acids. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest (Source : Wikipedia)

Quinoa is a high-fiber food with five grams of fiber per cup (cooked). Fiber not only promotes digestive health, but may also reduce the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women, may prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, promotes weight loss, and aids weight maintenance (source:Suite101.com)

Do you know, 'Thinai', (tamil) grain is similar to quinoa.


Even though I have read many good things about this grain earlier, I did not take any attempt to try some recipe using quinoa. Last month, when we were buying our weekly grocery, I came across a shelf full of quinoa. I was thrilled and without any second thoughts I took a pack and tried a vegetable puloa. 

--- Cook the quino as per instruction given on the pack
--- As we do for vegetable pulao, cook the vegetables* and keep separately.
--- Mix the cooked quino and the vegetables.
--- If you like add some fried cashew and serve warm.

Easy and healthy recipe. I brought 2 packs along with me to Chennai, going to try more recipe for my father-in-law. Hope this will be the best dietary food for him.

* Vegetables -- Any fresh veggies, as per your taste and availability.

8 comments:

  1. QUinoa pulao looks marvellous..Enjoy ur trip Preetha..

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  2. Yumm yumm, picture itself makes me hungry.

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  3. Looks absolutely amazing and inviting Preetha.

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  4. woww....looks so amazing an delicious!!!!

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  5. Quinoa pulao is really pleasing and healthy too .Following your space.Awesome space .Glad that i visited your blog .

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  6. sounds really yummy.. but can u please tell me what they are called in telugu ?.. i dont know if i can find them here ..

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  7. There is no Telgu name for Quinoa. It is south American staple food. shop online for quinoa at www.saiwholefoods.com

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