Says Ven: "As a vegetarian, I always struggle to eat a balanced diet and since Quinoa has all the essential amino acids and several other nutrients it looked like a good option. Over the last year, I have been cooking this grain and like any recent convert, I am an ardent devotee. Quinoa is so easy to cook that it has become my staple replacing Thayir Sadham. I read somewhere that there are concerns about the high nitrate content in the grains because of fertilizer use but I am not sure if this is an issue with the Organic varieties that I buy from Costco and Whole Foods.
2 cups Quinoa
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 thinly sliced Tomato
1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 tablespoon of sliced ginger
1/2 tablespoon of Turmeric
¾ tablespoon of Salt and a pinch of chilli powder and garam masala
Add 4 cups of water and cook Quinoa for about 10 mts until you see a little white thread coming out.
Add mixed vegetables and sliced Tomato and cook for another five minutes.
Add salt, turmeric, chilli powder, masala, curry leaves and cook for a five more minutes.
Remove from heat and wait for at least ten minutes before serving. "