Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Garlicky Quinoa and Brown Rice

I have a bad habit. I can spend hours together in the grocery store. Whether I want it or not, I sometimes pick it up and see what it is. No wonder nobody wants to go grocery shopping with me at home. But, that is perfect too. I get 'me' time like that. One day, I was at costco and saw a box of garlicky Quinoa with brown rice. It was the kind where you add water and microwave to get the stuff ready. I was wondering who would buy it if it is so easy to make it yourself. You are not really doing anything except adding a few things to the rice cooker. This way, you control the ingredients as per your taste and is lot lighter on your wallet too. Don't forget the freshness of the end product. So, here is my attempt to mimic that but with my few twists. I added kale to it. Quinoa and kale are super foods, so why not? The only down side is I am the only one who is eating it so I have left over for tomorrow too.
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Quinoa - 1/2 cup uncooked
Brown Rice - 1/2 cup uncooked
Oil - 1 TBSP (I used olive oil)
Salt - to taste
Garlic - 4 - 5 pods minced or grated
Green chillies - 5 chopped very fine (optional)
Any leafy vegetable - 2 cups (I used chopped kale) this too is optional
Lime juice - from half a lime
Wash and rinse quinoa and brown rice together. Drain. Add 2 cups of water to it. Add the leafy vegetables, salt and place in a rice cooker. Heat oil in a small sauce pan. When hot, add garlic and green chillies if using. Add this oil to the pot of quinoa and rice. Close the lid and let it cook. When done, turn off the cooker and add lime juice and mix well. Add salt if needed and serve with some yogurt or any kind of dal or curry.

This not only can be eaten as is, but makes a very nice filling for the wraps too. If you don't have a rice cooker, you can make this in a pressure cooker or on stove top too. Just cook it the way you would cook rice but a little longer since quinoa takes some time to cook well.

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  1. Healthy and delicious rice..

  2. Awesome and super healthy rice..Well done.

  3. Great combo.....super healthy.

  4. wow gosh...this is awesomely healthy and very nice preosentation and clicks...

  5. Have tried a few things with quinoa but just can't get the taste of it right! :( Costco you can imagine. Should try your recipe and get done with it as office lunch-box! :)

  6. hey the dish look healthy and delicious......thankns for sharing it...
    brown rice


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