How to build a Quinoa Bowl | Quinoa Vs Millets

How to build a Quinoa Bowl | Quinoa Vs Millets

Quinoa has been rapidly climbing the popularity charts among superfoods. Once unheard of in India, it has now become a household name and I'm sure even my grandma is aware of this now :)

A funny thing about Quinoa is that it quite the mispronounced food - often called "Queen-o-wa" and what not 😄. After all, it is not from these parts of the world. Pronounced as KEEN-WAH, this is a wholegrain but a pseudo-grain. It is a seed that belongs to the spinach / chard family. The plant Chenopodium quinoa is closely related to Bathua which is Chenopodium album (goosefoot). Also called 'mother grain' it has been growing in the mountains of Andes since 4000 years. I am happy to say that the current batch of quinoa I am using is grown in India, organically :)

How to cook quinoa

Wash and soak quinoa grains in water for 1 hour. This helps soften it a bit and also helps remove the bitter taste you get if you directly cook the grains without soaking.

Drain the quinoa from soaked water and boil in a saucepan with double the water and pinch of salt, ie. for 1 cup quinoa, add 2 cups water and boil for 15 minutes or so, until the quinoa is tender, but still has a bite to it.

[The bitter taste come from the saponins that coat the seeds. Some brands of quinoa are pre-washed, so there is no bitterness. It is a better idea to soak and wash, so the cooked quinoa has no bitter after taste at all.]

How to build a Quinoa Bowl | Quinoa Vs Millets

Nutritional Profile of Quinoa

The most striking thing about quinoa is that it is one of the rare plant foods that is a complete protein, ie. has all the essential amino acids. Typically plant based foods need to be combined such as dal and rice, to make it a complete protein. Quinoa is also rich in iron, magnesium and fiber.

100 grams of cooked quinoa is approximately 120 calories / 2.8 gram fiber and 4.4 gram protein

Quinoa Vs Millets - a nutritional comparison

This is a mostly common asked question - whether our Indian millets are a local substitute for quinoa. While millets are a highly nutritive food, quinoa scores higher than millets in the following - protein, fiber, calcium, iron, selenium and the fact that quinoa is a complete protein by itself. They are quite similar in calorie and vitamin profile. Both are naturally gluten free.

Grain bowls and noodle bowls are my favourite ways to eat these days. These are just fancy terms for "put everything in a bowl and perch on your favourite spot in the couch a la Sheldon of Big Bang Theory and tuck in". Jokes aside, these bowls are a perfect way to eat a balanced meal - add some whole grains, some protein, some vegetables, healthy fats and something to tie them all up together, and you're all set. Here's my recipe for a healthy quinoa bowl. Since you don't really have to follow a recipe, you can use my infographic chart and just add a few ingredients from each box. Make sure you pin it to your Pinterest boards for ready reference!

How to build a Quinoa Bowl | Quinoa Vs Millets

Recipe for Healthy Quinoa Bowl

Serves 1

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How to build a Quinoa Bowl | Quinoa Vs MilletsQuinoa has been rapidly climbing the popularity charts among superfoods. Once unheard of in India, it has now become a household name and I'm sure even my grandma is aware of this now :) A funny thing about Quinoa is that it quite the mispronounced food - often called "Queen-o-wa" and what not 😄. A...

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    Ingredients

    Cooked quinoa
    100 grams
    Virgin coconut oil
    2 tsps
    Shredded cabbage
    1/2 cup
    Lettuce leaves, torn
    handful
    Medium carrot, shaved into ribbons
    1
    Red bell pepper juliennes
    handful
    Wilted spinach
    1/2 cup
    Pumpkin seeds
    2 tbsps
    Dressing
    Passion fruit pulp (substitute with 1 tbsp cider vinegar)
    2 tbsps
    Soy sauce
    1 tbsp
    Very finely grated ginger
    1 tsp
    Honey
    1 tbsp

    Steps

    1. In a large bowl, place the all the ingredients. Pour the dressing over the top. Mix well with a fork and eat up.
      How to build a Quinoa Bowl | Quinoa Vs Millets

    I used Pure and Sure brand quinoa

    This recipe post has been developed in association with Pure and Sure organic products. They sell locally grown quinoa in India, along with a host of other organic products including herbal teas. You can buy them online on their website. I'm a big fan of their virgin coconut oil!

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