Quinoa- Moong dal sweet kichadi(pongal)

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Quinoa is becoming very popular these days due to the fact that it is very good from the health point of view in comparison with cereal grasses like wheat , quinoa  is higher in fat content and can provide valuable amounts of heart healthy fats like the mono saturated fats .  Quinoa can also provide small quantity of omega-3 fat  content, Given this higher fat content, researchers initially assumed that quinoa would be more susceptible to oxidation and resulting nutrient damage. However, recent studies have shown that quinoa does not get oxidized as rapidly as might be expected given its higher fat content. This finding is great news from a nutritional standpoint. The processes of boiling, simmering, and steaming quinoa do not appear to significantly compromise the quality of quinoa’s fatty acids, allowing us to enjoy its cooked texture and flavor while maintaining this nutrient benefit. Food scientists have speculated that it is the diverse array of antioxidants found in quinoa—including various members of the vitamin E family like alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocopherol as well as flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol—that contribute to this oxidative protection. 

This is my recipe of quinoa on this blog.  After coming to Newyork i  noticed my saon and family consuming it daily and i an my husband have got used to it.  I have tried a couple of recipes and this being the first one onm this blog.  It is sweet kichadi with moong dal and a little basumati rice , jaggery etc.  Here it goes!!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                Ready to serve Quinoa-Moong dal sweet kichadi

Time taken – 1 hour

Serves – 6-8

What you need to have:

1. Quinoa – 1 Cup

2. Moong dal – 1/2 Cup

3. Basumati rice – 1/4 cup

4. Jaggery  chopped- as needed (i have used little more than 3/4 cup)

5. Cashews – A handful

6. Raisin – A handful

7. Cardamom powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

8. Pure ghee – as needed(2 Tablespoon

9. Milk – 1 cup

10. Fresh grated coconut – 2 Tablespoons

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                      Ingredients of Quinoa Moong dal kichadiKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                  Other ingredients of the dish

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and  soak rice and quinoa for about 20 minutes.  Roast moong dal with 1/2 teaspoon pure ghee in a wide skillet till you get a pleasant aroma.  On cooling, mix it with the soaked rice and quinoa and cook it in the cooker for about 30 minutes on simmering the flame.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                              All the three ingredients in a cooker vessel to cook

2. Place a wide skillet with chopped jaggery and add a little water to just soak jaggery and place it on medium flame till the jaggery dissolves in it.  On cooling strain it through the strain for any dust  etc..,KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                               Jaggery being boiled and the strained syrup

3. Once rice quinoa mix is cooked to soft consistency, add this to the sugar syrup and add 1 cup milk and bring it to boil simmering the flame and stiring frequently.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                 Cooked quinoa mix being added to the jaggery syrup

4. In the mean time place a spatula with a little ghee in it and fry cashews in  it till light brown and crispyKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                   Cashews being fried

5. In the same spatula fry raisins as well.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                               Raisins being fried

6. Add 1 tablespoon of ghee and give a strong stir on simmering the flame.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                   Pure ghee being added to the kichadi

7. Finally add fried cashews, rains and fresh grated coconut and cardamom powder to it anf give a strong stir.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                   Ready to serve Quinoa-moong dal  sweet kichadi

8. Transfer it to bowl for a close view of the dish!!!Yummyyyyyy Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                          A closer view of quinoa moong dal  sweet  kichadi

Time taken – 1 hour

Serves 6-8 

Good to remember:

1. Moong dal should be fried in ghee till you get a pleasant aroma.

2. Jaggery quantity should be as per your taste.

3. Dry fruits of one’s choice can be used.


7 thoughts on “Quinoa- Moong dal sweet kichadi(pongal)

    shamsskitchen said:
    May 29, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Nice variation with Quinoa.. looks perfect 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 29, 2014 at 4:19 am


      Instead of relishing the same old kichadi i thought of just switching over to a healthier version of it!!!!

        shamsskitchen said:
        May 29, 2014 at 4:33 am


        prathibalrao responded:
        May 29, 2014 at 5:47 pm


        Thanx a lot for your dropping by and commenting on my blog. Please do pass on the link of this blog among your friends community….

        On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM, The Indian Food Court wrote:


        shamsskitchen said:
        May 29, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        I will definitely do that…. Keep up the good work

    Priya said:
    May 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Mindblowing and very healthy sweet kichadi..Love to have some.

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Priya,

      Lovely comments and would like to send a parcel by seed post!!!

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