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Spicy Indian Style Quinoa

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Ingredients
  Brown mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Raw spanish peanuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Raw cashew 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Onion 1⁄4 , minced to make 1/2 cup (Red Or Yellow One)
  Red chili powder/Cayenne pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Quinoa 1 Cup (16 tbs), rinsed and drained
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Brown)
  Urad dal 1 Tablespoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Peanuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Raw Spanish)
  Cashew pieces 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Raw)
  Crushed chili flakes 1 Teaspoon
  Onion 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), minced (Red Or Yellow)
  Serrano pepper 1 , minced
  Ginger 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon, minced
  Raisins 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Cranberries 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (Or To Taste)
  Instant red chili powder/Cayenne pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon (If You Like It Very Spicy Then Add It,)
  Cilantro 1 Tablespoon, minced
  Lemon juice 1⁄2
Directions

MAKING
1. For the quinoa, pour the 2 cups of water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 cup quinoa into a sauce pan.
2. Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
3. Let it stand another 5 minutes before opening the lid.
4. For tempering, heat a skillet over medium heat, add the mustard seeds and when they begin to pop add the optional Urad dal and stir to brown the seeds.
5. Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida and then quickly add the peanuts and brown them for a few minutes.
6. Add cashews and roast for another minute or so. Once the nuts look nice and roasted add the chili flakes, Serrano pepper, curry leaves and onion.
7. Sweat the onion by stirring it every once in a while over medium low heat.
8. Now add the ginger and cook another minute.
9. Add the raisins and the cranberries and sauté to slightly toast them.
10. Add the salt and red chili powder and stir well.
11. Add the cooked quinoa and cilantro stir to combine.
12. Sprinkle in the lemon juice and stir.

SERVING
13. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Channel: 
Indian
No one can guess that quinoa could taste so nice with Indian tempering and spices, until they taste this Spicy Indian Style Quinoa. This recipe is very well done with Indian touch. It is a perfect side dish for a gourmet meal or a nutritious breakfast for the entire family.

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