Quinoa Upma

A healthy, power-packed breakfast full of proteins to turbo-charge the day!!!

Quinoa Upma

Every time I start cooking with a new ingredient I  have a tendency to get fixated on it till I can make a couple of good recipes with it. To be honest I am surprised it took me this long to find this latest obsession. It is none other than what some people consider as SUPERFOOD i.e. QUINOA. For some one like me who has started working out regularly these days quinoa seems to be the perfect ingredient for a post-workout meal. Put this super ingredient in a popular Indian dish and the end result is “QUINOA UPMA”; a power-packed, healthy meal to help kick-start your day.

Having your own blog does have plenty of advantages one of which is getting to eat something new and tasty every week. Well thanks for stating that Captain Obvious!!! (CHUCKLES!!). On the flip side all the delicious food does make it more difficult to watch your weight. Before you even realize it the size of your stomach has indeed grown a few inches (LAUGHS!!!). Unfortunately this is exactly what happened to yours truly.

So the time has come for me to make a couple of much needed changes in my life. I have already implemented the first change which is to work out regularly. The exercise does need to be matched by a proper diet for the maximum effect. Now I love my food too much to suddenly start dieting/eating salads all the time (LAUGHS!). The way I was going to do this is by eating in moderate quantities and by cooking with fresh and healthy ingredients which was what ultimately led me to quinoa.

Having read all the potential benefits of quinoa I was absolutely going to give this super food a try. I usually workout in the mornings so I started thinking of ways to have quinoa for breakfast. Actually I did not have to think too much because all I did was use quinoa in an UPMA which is a dish I make for breakfast all the time. UPMA is basically like a porridge made with roasted semolina. So I figured I could simply replace the semolina with quinoa and make this delectable “QUINOA UPMA”.

Quinoa Upma

Boil 3 cups of water in a pot. Add in the quinoa and cook for about 12-14 minutes or till all the water gets absorbed by the quinoa. Heat oil in a pan and add the asafoetida, cumin seeds as well as mustard seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter add the chillies and roast for about a minute. Mix in the onions and saute till they are golden brown in color. Add the frozen vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes. Finally add the cooked quinoa and saute for 2-3 more minutes. Season with salt, garnish with cilantro and then add a touch of lemon juice for extra flavor. Serve hot.

Quinoa Upma

Eating the Upma gave me such a jolt of energy that I felt like I could go back to the gym and run five miles on the treadmill!!!!

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Quinoa Upma
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A healthy, power-packed breakfast full of proteins to turbo-charge the day!!!
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Cup Quinoa
  • 1 ½ Cup Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • ½ Onion
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • A pinch of Asafoetida (Optional)
  • 4 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Salt
  • Oil
Instructions
  1. Boil 3 cups of water in a pot. Add in the quinoa and cook for about 12-14 minutes or till all the water gets absorbed by the quinoa.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the asafoetida, cumin seeds as well as mustard seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter add the chillies and roast for about a minute.
  3. Mix in the onions and saute till they are golden brown in color. Add the frozen vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Finally add the cooked quinoa and saute for 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Season with salt, garnish with cilantro and then add a touch of lemon juice for extra flavor.
  6. Serve hot.

2 comments

  1. Quinoa is my favourite too. This looks filling, healthy and delicious.

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