Quinoa Upma Recipe – Quinoa Recipe

Indian quinoa Breakfast- quinoa Upma

Quinoa upma recipeHere’s a quick and healthy way to add a little variety to your breakfast options: Quinoa Upma. Upma is a simple and delicious south Indian breakfast option. It is typically made with Sooji, Vermicelli or even Rolled Oats. So why not add another dimension to the possibilities with Quinoa? Although not common in asian or Indian cuisine, Quinoa can be a great substitute for rice or sooji that are very high in carbs. Quinoa Upma brings a fresh breath of life among breakfast options.

When you shop for Quinoa, you will  notice there are three kinds: Black, Red and White(Golden) Quinoa. The nutritional benefits are just the same in either of these options. The only difference might come down to cook time. I chose white quinoa as it takes the least time to cook among the three.

Quinoa Upma For this recipe, I also added plenty of vegetables unlike usual Upma recipes. Apart from being healthy, vegetable give a contrasting color to the dish and makes it even more attractive. If you really like using more Quinoa in your cooking, try my Spicy Spinach Quinoa for lunch! 

Lets start with step by step photos…

Quinoa upma Recipe

Place a vessel over medium heat. Fry the spices (Mustard seeds, Bengal gram and Black gram) and red chilies in 3 tbsp olive oil.  

Quinoa Upma Recipe

Then add ginger, green chilies fry it for few seconds, followed by chopped onions. When the onions turn transparent, add the turmeric, chili, garam masala powders.

Quinoa Upma Recipe Now add the mixed vegetables and sauté them for few minutes and add sambar powder and salt. Stir them well. Later, add washed quinoa and 3 1/2 cups water and continue to stir to make sure you have an even mixture.

Quinoa Upma RecipePlace a lid and let it simmer (on low flame). After 20- 30 minutes quinoa Upma is ready

Quinoa Upma Recipe – Quinoa Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Bengal gram
  • 1 tsp black gram
  • 2 red chilies
  • 1/2 inch grated ginger
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables ( carrots, beans, peas, corn)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 strand curry leaves ( optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 and half cup water
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp sambar powder ( optional)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil( or your preferred oil)

Instructions

  1. Wash the quinoa, drain them well and place aside.
  2. Place a vessel over medium heat. Fry the spices (Mustard seeds, Bengal gram and Black gram) and red chilies in 3 tbsp olive oil.
  3. Then add ginger, green chilies fry it for few seconds, followed by chopped onions.
  4. When the onions turn transparent, add the turmeric, chili, garam masala powders.
  5. Now add the mixed vegetables and sauté them for few minutes and add sambar powder and salt. Stir them well.
  6. Later, add washed quinoa and 3 1/2 cups water and continue to stir to make sure you have an even mixture.
  7. Place a lid and let it simmer (on low flame).
  8. After 20- 30 minutes quinoa Upma is ready.
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