Quinoa Tomato Pulao

We have learnt earlier that Quinoa is a Gluten free grain which is high in protein with all essential amino acids. Quinoa Tomato is a spicy and tangy dish with lots of tomato and spices. As Quinoa gives a nice  crunchy and nutty texture to the dish,  frozen or fresh peas gives some  extra flavor and color. Quinoa Tomato Pulao is a  complete healthy and nutritious meal in itself. Perfect dish to pack for lunch boxes or to have for dinner.

This dish goes to Day 20 of Mega Marathon theme " Biryani / Pulao and Khichdi recipes with grains".


Quinoa 1 cup
Tomatoes 2
Onion 1 small sliced
Green peas 1/4 cup
Ginger Garlic paste 1/2 tsp
Green chili slit 2
Cashew nuts 10
Cloves 3
Cardamom 2
Cinnamon stick 1 inch 
Bay leaf 1
Garam masala 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Chili powder 1/2 tsp
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Oil 3 tbsp
Water 1 1/2  cups


Wash and soak Quinoa for 10 minutes.
In a deep non stick pan heat oil and add whole garam masala.
Saute for few seconds, add cashew nuts and sliced onions.
Cook till onions turn slight pink in color.
Add slit green chili and ginger garlic paste.
Cook till raw smell disappears.
Now add chopped tomato, turmeric powder and salt to taste.
One the tomatoes turn mushy, add garam masala and green peas.
Also add soaked Quinoa and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Now add water and chopped cilantro.
Check and add salt if  required.
Cook on high flame for 5 minutes.
Cover and continue cooking on medium to low flame till done.
Serve hot with plain yogurt or raita.

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Suma Gandlur said...

Loving this pulao. Tomatoes lend a beautiful color and flavor to the dish while quinoa is making it a healthier version over the traditional one.

Gayathri Kumar said...

I love tomato pulao as it has a nice unique flavour of its own. This healthy version with quinoa sounds absolutely delicious. I love the bowl of pulao studded with green peas.

vaishali sabnani said...

Quinoa Pulao looks so tempting , nice substitute of quinoa . Love the way you have presented the pulao , the colours are standing out well and making the pulao very attractive . Delicious and healthy one .

Sharmila Kingsly said...

I can never miss tomato..somehow we add in all d dishes this is seriously so tempting... yummy share..

Harini R said...

Very temptingly presented with the tomato rose to the side. I can have quinoa in any form and this flavorful one is no exception.

Srivalli said...

Making a tomato pulao with quinoa is an excellent idea. Love you rose too..:)

Srividhya G said...

Great presentation. I cannot shave or carve vegetables like that. Between, quinoa tomato biryani sounds very delicious and I love how it has come out super grainy.

Swati said...

You have very beautifully presented the whole pulao platter. The nutritious pulao looks so wonderful.

cookwithrenu said...

The bowl looks so inviting. The tomato has given a nice colour to the quinoa. Beautiful carving on the tomato.

Kalyani said...

beautiful presentation for a healthy dish-- the rice based tomato pulao is such a hit at home, I must try making it with Quinoa now..