Quinoa Pilaf with Caramelised Red Onion
Recipe type: Accompaniments
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4 people
Love this versatile dish that will literally accompany any main course or act as a lunch on its own. Quinoa basically will replace cous cous or rice in a dish and is much healthier, see notes.
  • 1 cup (200g) quinoa
  • 1 celery, trimmed & chopped in small dice
  • ½ sweet red pepper, chopped in small dice
  • ½ c. cooked chickpeas
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 - 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp gr. coriander
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp thyme leaf
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¾ cup (450ml) organic stock
  • 1 red onion sliced thinly
  • 2 tsps coconut oil
  • 2 tsps xylitol
  • Optional: 2 cups chopped spinach OR ¼ c. minced parsley or coriander
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Rinse quinoa leave to drain in a fine seive
  2. Heat olive oil on medium low in a 3 - 4 qt saucepan or sauté pan
  3. Fry garlic with mustard seeds for 1 minute
  4. Add celery and red pepper to pan sauté another two minutes
  5. Mix in the bay leaf, turmeric, coriander & cumin
  6. Turn the heat to medium high.
  7. Add the quinoa and hot water or stock, and salt.
  8. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 12 minutes
  9. Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan
  10. Sauté the onion slices for 1-2 minutes
  11. Add the sugar. Reduce the heat to cook to onions gently for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until caramelised.
  12. Stir in the optional greens, chickpeas, parsley or coriander
  13. Stir in the caramelised onions
  14. Season with malden sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  15. Cover and cook 5 more minutes, then serve
Quinoa has twice the protein content of rice or barley, and is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre not to mentionis among the least allergenic of all the grains, making it a fantastic wheat-free choice and it has an excellent amino acid profile, as it contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete-protein source.
Recipe by HEALTHY-CHEF at http://healthy-chef.co.uk/191/