indian quinoa

did you know the incans were the first to cultivate quinoa? they believed that it increased their warriors’ stamina and improved recovery time. a true, ancient superfood.

just in case you are unfamiliar with quinoa (yikes) – it is a healthy protein source that is high in fiber, iron, and calcium. it is a great source of manganese and copper – minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of cancer and disease-causing substances. it also contains magnesium; known to help relax muscles, blood vessels, and blood pressure. it is essential on any dieters daily menu.

ingredients include: garam masala, sea salt, toasted almond slivers, chives, quinoa, golden raisins, sesame oil, celery, and bell peppers.

crisp-tender veggies.

my toshi, patiently waiting.

indian quinoa


2 cups quinoa (rinsed)

4 cups water

2 teaspoons garam masala

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup golden raisins

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 stalks celery, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, finely diced

5 whole green onions, sliced diagonally

1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (toast for 5-8 minutes on 350°F)


1. heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the quinoa. stir constantly for 10 minutes or until the moisture has evaporated and the quinoa is dry and fragrant.

2. in a saucepan combine 3 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of the garam masala, and the salt – bring to a boil over high heat. add the toasted quinoa and decrease the heat to medium-low to simmer (without stirring and covered with a lid) for 15 minutes – or until the liquid has evaporated and the quinoa is tender.

3. meanwhile, bring 1 cup of water to a simmer in a small saucepan. remove from heat, and add the raisins. leave to soak for 20 minutes and then drain well.

4. heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. add the celery, bell pepper, and 1 teaspoon garam masala. saute for 2 minutes or until the veggies are crisp-tender. add the green onions and saute 1 minute longer, or until just wilted.

5. gently toss it all together, refridgerate until cold – and you got yourself a fancy ass picnic meal!

*adapted from real food daily – great blog. check ‘er out.



  1. Can’t wait to try this Wendy! Thanks for checking Ann’s site for me as I don’t get there as often as I’d like.

  2. this looks delicious! so hungry right now.

  3. Had this for dinner tonight. Yum. Keep finding these great recipes for me!

    1. such an interesting twist on quinoa! i will keep at it for you 😉

  4. I found this website very funny and I just wanna thank you for that. I hope you keep up the good work!

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