Red Quinoa Pulao with Mung Sprouts

Ingredients ( serves 3) 

1 cup cooked red quinoa(cooked with 1 cinnamon stick, 1 star anise, 5 cloves and 4 cardamon pods with 1:2 water proportion)

1 cup sprouted mung (refer note)

1/3 cup diced red bell pepper

1/3 cup diced zucchini

1/3 cup diced carrots

1/3 cup diced baby corn

¼ cup red onion chopped

½ green chili chopped

¼ teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon 5 spice powder

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

3 tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

Coriander leaves for garnishing

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Note: To sprout the mung dal, rinse well and soak it for about 6 – 8 hours. Drain the water and wash thoroughly. Wrap the mung in a wet muslin cloth and keep it in a uncovered container in a warm place.

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Heat a cast iron pan. Add oil. Add cumin seeds and chilli flakes. When the cumin begins to turn dark brown and is fragrant, add onions and green chilli. Sauté for about 2 minutes

Add the vegetables, turmeric and salt. Cook covered for about 3 mins over medium heat or until the vegetables are almost cooked.

Add the sprouted mung and stir well. Cover and cook for another 1 minute. Do not overcook the mung.

Add the five spice powder and the cooked quinoa. Lower the heat and stir thoroughly. Taste for salt.

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Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve it with a salad or yogurt. I had it with avocado and tomato salad.




2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sandy says:

    Padmini all your dishes are so yummy, healthy and so well described. Thank you for all the time you put into this. 😘😘😘

    Liked by 1 person

  2. minismantra says:

    You are welcome Sandy…..these are simple home cooked healthy dishes….hope you are able to try out some of them.


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