This 20 minute Indian Quinoa Recipe with lentils and vegetables will be your new favourite way to eat quinoa.
Most of us absolutely love some of our traditional foods that also double up as comfort foods. But these comfort foods are usually carb heavy, using refined or processed ingredients. While it is completely ok to indulge in them, eating them on a regular basis can send our healthy eating plans for a toss.
This is why I came up with this Quinoa Sambar Sadham or a quinoa version of sambar rice. The recipe uses quinoa instead of white polished rice.
This Indian quinoa recipe will hit the spot whether you are a South Indian looking for a healthier version of comfort food or even if you are a vegan looking for more main course recipe ideas using quinoa.
Watch this video below on how to cook quinoa perfectly each time—
This South Indian quinoa recipe is a one pot dish – hearty, full of flavours and easy to make for a big family. You can also prepare this ahead and top it with a fresh tempering of curry leaves, mustard seeds and cashews just before serving.
So now let give you the details of Quinoa Sambar Sadham or South Indian style quinoa and lentil stew.
Sambar is a staple lentil based preparation in Tamil (South Indian) cuisine which has one or more vegetables, tamarind and yellow lentils (toor dal). There is a special spice blend (sambar powder) that is used to give the dish its characteristic, rather complex flavour.
Making Sambar Rice
For Sambar saadham, rice is cooked until somewhat mushy (using more than usual water). Sambar is prepared using a mix of vegetables like onion, carrot, eggplant, beans etc. and cooked yellow lentils. The rice and sambar are mixed well and allowed to sit for a couple of hours until the rice absorbs all the flavours from the sambar.
A tempering of curry leaves, red chilies and cashew nuts adds a final layer of flourish to this already delicious dish.
Quinoa Sambar Sadham
To prepare sambar sadham with quinoa, I have tweaked the process a little. Cooking quinoa until nearly done and finishing off the cooking process by adding it to the prepared sambar (lentil stew) allows it to absorb the flavours better.
Do watch these two videos which explain how to make a traditional sambar as well as how to cook dal in a pressure cooker.
If you are looking to include more of this healthful ingredient in your diet, these are the recipes just for you! Quinoa not only works in stews but also in salads where you can combine it with whatever seasonal ingredients you find in your kitchen. Check out these simple quinoa recipes below.
And here’s another delicious Indian quinoa recipe – the much popular Sabudana Khichdi made using quinoa and it tastes as good if not better.
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