July 13, 2009

Curried Quinoa

Since quinoa is a complete protein, I have been looking for more ways to cook it. This simple dish has a wonderful taste if you have a good curry blend. It is a good base to add more things to give it more substance, or it's good just like this. One thing I can think of adding are some cherry tomatoes at the end. Perhaps some pine nuts.

This is a pressure cooker recipe, but quinoa cooks relatively quickly, so it can be prepared in a normal pan just as easily.

Curried Quinoa


2 t canola oil
1 t garlic, minced
2 1/4 c boiling water
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 T ginger, grated
2 1/2 t curry powder
2 t ground coriander
1 t salt
1 1/2 c quinoa, washed and drained
1 c peas (defrosted if frozen)


1. Heat oil in the pressure cooker. Cook the garlic over medium-high heat until just turing golden, about 1 minute.

2. Add the carrot, ginger, curry, coriander, salt, and quinoa. Stir well, then add the boiling water.

3. Lock the lid in place and bring to high pressure. Cook for 1 minute, then let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release remaining pressure.

4. Stir in peas and replace lid (but don't lock) for a minute to heat through.

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