Monday, June 21, 2010

Quinoa Chick peas Pulav

I had cooked chana/chick peas in the refrigerator. My friend gave me a bag full of mint leaves from her garden. What should I do to use both of them? I started out to make a mint chana pulav but instead of rice, I used Quinoa. So, this is in no way an innovative recipe, but just a healthy and delicious dish.

  • Cooked Chana - 2 cups (You can use canned ones too. Drain and measure)
  • Quinoa -1 cup rinsed thoroughly
  • Red Onions - 3 small or 2 medium or 1 big chopped lengthwise to get 1/2" strips
  • Mint leaves - washed and chopped fine about 1 cup (You can use cilantro if you don't have mint, just about 1/4 cup)
  • Green Chillies - 6 or more as per taste chopped
  • Oil - 4 TBSP
  • Ginger - 1/2" piece peeled and grated
  • Garlic - 3 pods grated
  • Pepper corns - 8
  • Cinnamon- 1" stick
  • Bay Leaf -1 or 2
  • Cloves - 8
  • Whole cardamom - 2 - 3
  • Yogurt - 3 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric - a big pinch

Take oil in a pan. When hot, add bay leaf. When that gets roasted, add ginger, garlic, green chillies, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom. When the spices start popping, add the onions, turmeric, some salt and saute for a minute or two. Add chopped mint and mix. Let it cook. Add the cooked chana, yogurt, rinsed and drained quinoa, enough water to cook quinoa (Quinoa : Water in the ratio 1: 2). Let it come to a boil. When it starts boiling, reduce the heat and cover with a lid and let it cook and absorb all the liquid. Adjust the salt if necessary and turn off the heat. Serve with raita or just plain yogurt.

This was not only tasty but very filling too.
I am sending this as an entry to current month's MLLA hosted here, which was started by Susan.
Also sending this to Priya's 'Healing Foods - Onions'  which was started by Siri. Along with this, I am sending the following to the same event.
Eggplant Curry in Onion Coconut sauce
Penny with minty almond sauce
Savory Onion Tart
Avocado Focaccia
Thanks Priya for such a wonderful event.

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  1. healthy n yummy dish....loved ur new look....specially the logo and the choco color feels like a perfect bakers site....wonderful

  2. I loved the new look of your blog :-)

    I love chickpeas and am sure I would love this healthy and delicious qunoa pulav too :-)

  3. So deliciously delightful!
    Ah i missed ur lovely CSN giveaway:-((
    But will be there for ur next and i also do plan lods of international giveaways too:0)))

  4. Loved the new look of the blog and this is wonderful healthy delicious one pot meal.

  5. Wow....very healthy and yummy....

  6. very health as well yummy dish..picture looks so lovely..

  7. I just love pulav :) .. great pics :)

  8. Loved the colour of the Pulav. Innovative recipe

  9. Lovely and healthy pulav. Love the face-lift of the blog and love the shots of the dish.

  10. Champa, love the new look and wow, what a wonderful looking healthy pulav, I am definitely making it.

  11. Wat a healthy pulao, looks very delicious and template looks great..

  12. Wonderful recipe, BB, and thanks for using mint. I have a ton of this wonderful herb growing in my backyard right now, and I cannot find enough recipes to add it to! Sounds and looks delicious with the quinoa.

  13. Beautiful colour, lovely and healthy dish.

  14. Love the new look of your blog and the healthy quinoa pulav.

  15. This sounds healthy and good Champa!!

  16. very very healthy one..nice platter too..
    the new template is my favorite too.. we have the same template..samepinch

  17. healthy and looks delicious too..

  18. chana pulav chennagiratte anta naanu kelidini mathe odidini kuda. Quinova chana pulav thatteli chennagi kanistha ide ri!


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