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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Quinoa Pongal

 Today am here with an a very healthy and delicious tiffin with a twis. Pongal is my all time fav tiffin and I love prepare  this one pot meal  which is packed with nutrition . To add some more healthy benefits to our traditional South Indian pongal I have used Quinoa in this. As per wiki Quinoa is a  a grass family grain  which is related to beetroot , Spinach and tumbleweeds. This is a very healthy protein packed grain which has so many healthy benefits . As they are gluten free they are idle for people who are looking for a gluten free grain option . Perfect grain to substitute instead of rice for those who are calorie conscious. It was a random thought I got of using quinoa instead of rice and they turned to be a very delicious pongal and different from usual pongal . Seeing the healthy benefits No one can resist including this in the menu and serve  our family with a healthy tiffin right ? ..So for today's Vegan thursday I got this very healthy and delicious  pongal.  You can check the other members in this  group - "Vegan Thursday" Here.


Quinoa - 1/2 cup

Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Pepper corn - 1tsp / Pepper pd - 1/2 tsp
Green chilli - 3 No
Cashew nuts - 2-3 No
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
Ghee/ oil - 1 tbsp ( I used olive oil )
Salt to taste


  • In a pressure cooker heat ghee / oil add mustard seeds , cumin seeds.
  • After they splutter add curry leaves urad dal , cashew  and saute till they turn light brown.
  • Add green chillis saute then add quinoa and moong dal add 4 cups of water .
  • Add turmeric pd , salt and mix them well .
  • Cover the lid and put on the whistle , cook it in medium flame for 4-5 whistles.
  • After the pressure completely subsides in pressure cooker open the lid .
  • Serve this healthy pongal hot with coconut or any  chutney , sambhar  and enjoy.


Top it with ghee if needed considering vegan food lovers I Have not added Ghee in it .You can check the other members in this  group - "Vegan Thursday" Here.


  1. very healthy twist to traditional pongal,

  2. super click!!!!!!!!!

  3. Nice idea to make pongal with quinoa.. Looks delicious and very inviting, Manju.. :)

  4. This is such a healthy combination Manju...

  5. pongal n getti chutney, woeee combo..

  6. This is a very healthy twist and yummy dish

  7. Healthy Pongal.. looks perfect..

  8. wow.. this looks so delicious.. I have had never ttried this Quinoa grain.. :) This is tempting me to give a try

  9. Healthy and tasty!! Very inviting..

  10. Never thought of making pongal with Quinoa.. Nice idea..

  11. so healthy dish. nice consistency also.

  12. Love the pongal. So yum and flavourful.

  13. Healthy substitute for rice..Flavorful and delicious pongal..

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  15. Awesome pongal that too with Quinoa super healthy :)


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