Quinoa Upma Recipe

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on October 25, 2013

I’ve taken the classic South Indian upma – a breakfast dish made with semolina – and quinoa-fied it! The traditional upma uses semolina, onions, ginger and vegetables. I’ve pretty much kept everything the same, except the addition of quinoa. This is a quick, satisfying, one pot meal. Serve it along with my twice cooked tomato chutney.

I’m always thinking of new and different quinoa recipes and putting an Indian twist to this quinoa dish really works. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve already seen my hugely popular mango blueberry quinoa salad, a version of which I demoed on TV. I also have a spicy quinoa, black bean and asparagus bowl recipe and a more summery quinoa recipe with balsamic grilled vegetables. If you’ve tried lots of quinoa recipes and looking for something completely different, this quinoa upma is for you!

Quinoa Upma Recipe

 Serves about 6

Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter or oil
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1-3 green chili, slit
1 small onion, thinly sliced
one inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into 3 pieces
a few curry leaves, optional
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup shelled green peas
2 cups quinoa
Salt
Chopped cilantro for garnish

Method
1. In a large saucepan with a lid, heat the butter or oil and add the cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the green chili, onions, ginger and curry leaf. Stir on medium heat till the onion is soft and transcluscent.

2. Now add the turmeric, carrots, and peas. Cook stirring for about a minute.

3. Add the quinoa to the saucepan and stir gently for a few seconds. Then pour in 4 cups water, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer covered till all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked, about 15 minutes.

4. Serve hot, garnished with chopped cilantro. If desired, fish out and discard the ginger chunks before serving.

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1 Finla October 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

I would have never thought of doing like this but i am in love with your quinioa fied idea :-)
I have a pack here and trying to convert Hans to liking it going to try this oned of these days .

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2 Devi October 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

The quinoa looks beautifully done :) Love how separate it looks without the usual stickiness. A must try recipe!

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3 sowmya October 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

Good to see you back to blogging after a long time sala… I love ur recipes.. quinoa with upma flavors sounds really delicious :) Thanks.. Cant wait for more recipes from you

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4 Gayathri October 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

healthy and flavorful upma…..lovely clicks

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5 Claire October 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

This looks awesome. I eat way too much wheat as it is, so I’ve always passed up upma recipes. I never thought to use quinoa – I must try this!

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6 Veronica October 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

A very beautiful dish with so much nutritions hidden in it.

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7 TSD October 26, 2013 at 8:18 am

Nice combination of fresh ingredients.

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