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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quinoa Paneer Tawa Pulao |Quinoa Tawa Pulao - Vegeterian Thanksgiving Meal

Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa ( Pronounced Keen- Wah) is a edible seed or can be put in the millet variety very popular in US , It is high in protein as just loving this millet variety a lot. Though I miss some Indian millets here as it is not easily available but quinoa is one variety we get in any store here. How about making a healthy vegetarian Indian meal for the thanksgiving  meal this year.Thanks giving is the national holiday usually celebrated the fourth thursday of Nov every year, people celebrate this to thank god for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year.It can also be considered as an aspect of harvest festival. If you are looking for some vegetarian option to put up for the thanks giving meal then this might be the perfect meal with Indian flavors  and a healthy way to celebrate. Who doesn't like tawa pulao , making it more healthy with quinoa instead of rice was one of the best thing I experimented . Including protein instead of  carb is a key to stay healthy and  if you are watching for those extra calories including millets and carb free dish might be quiet helpful. Lets move on the recipe...My ingredient for this month was suggested My partner saraswathi  -Its quinoa and paneer.. visit blog to know more about this event ..Shhhh cooking secretly 

Pulao / Pilaf recipes

Quinoa Tawa Pulao

    Preparation time
   Cook Time
                                         Millet Recipes
10 mins
   15-20 mins 
Healthy quinoa Recipes  Quinoa - 1 cup
  Paneer / Cottage cheese cubes - 1/2 cup ( heaped)
  Mutter / Peas - 1 cup
  Onion - 1 No  ( chopped)
  Tomato - 1 No ( chopped) 
  Cinnamon - 1 stick
  Cardamom - 2 no
  Red chilli pd - 1/2 tsp
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Pav bhaji masala - 1 tsp ( adjust to your taste)
  Cumin pd - 1/2 tsp
  Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp (chopped)
  Oil - 2 tbsp
  Salt to taste
  Lemon wedges 

  • Cook the quinoa in rice cooker  or on the stove with 2 cups of water and fluff them with a fork.
  • Shallow fry the paneer cubes in oil this light brown.
  • In a sauce pan heat oil , add cinnamon , cardamom .
  • Add chopped onion and saute them till translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and cook them till mushy. Add mutter / peas and saute them till they done .
  • Add red chilli pd, turmeric pd, cumin pd, pav bhaji masala  and sprinkle some water.
  • Add salt as needed  and Mix in the quinoa .
  • After the combine well , add coriander leaves.
  • Add shallow fried paneer and serve them warm .

Thanksgiving Meal Recipes and ideas


  1. Kalakita po, pulao looks prefect Manju, loving it to the core..

  2. Healthy and simple one pot meal.. looks so vibrant with tempting colours..

  3. Wow it looks so healthy and delicious!


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