Spicy Quinoa Powder

14 Dec

Spicy Quinoa Powder.

Quinoa is roasted till golden brown in color. Other spices and dals are also toasted and ground into fine powder along with toasted quinoa. Serve spicy quinoa powder with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around Spicy Quinoa Powder.


Quinoa 2 1/2 Tbsps
Urad Dal 1 Tbsp
Whole Red Chiles 2 – 4
Salt to taste
Oil few Drops

Method of preparation:

Heat a thick bottomed pan on medium heat, add quinoa and toast them until they turn light golden brown.
Remove quinoa from heat and add urad dal.
Roast till the urad dal turns light golden brown and remove from heat.
Add a drop or two of oil, add broken red chiles.
Fry till red chiles turn dark or until aromatic.
Once all the ingredients come to room temperature, grind everything into fine powder using a spice grinder.
Serve spicy quinoa powder with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure not to over roast any of the ingredients.

Suggestions: If the ingredients are roasted on high heat, they turn dark quite fast without actually releasing the oils.
Variations: You can also add a tsp of coriander seeds and half a tsp of cumin seeds for more heat.
Other Names: Spicy Quinoa Powder.

14 Responses to “Spicy Quinoa Powder”

  1. Basantlal Nagdev December 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Can anyone tell me more about Quinoa. Because we do not get it in Pune/Mumbai and have not seen it?

  2. A. Ranganathan December 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    What is quinovq? What is it called im Tamil/Malayalam/Hindi? I have not heard about it in my 78 years!

  3. Alka December 16, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    The word spicy sets my taste buds rolling…lol…Nice way to spice up food 😉

  4. Angel December 16, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    what is quinoa? what does it called in english or hindi.

    Thanks dear

  5. Angel December 16, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    how do i have see my comments

  6. girija December 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    Even i m curious to know wat is Quinoa!!!!!!!

  7. Venkatesan Mani December 17, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    What is quinova ? WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE SPICY MIXTURE AT HOME. what are the health benefits ? Could anyone throw some light. Thanks.

  8. Hari Chandana December 18, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Very new to me.. thanks for the innovative recipe.. lovely click !!

  9. swarna December 18, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Quinoa is a high protein grain available in north and south americas.

  10. A. Ranganathan December 22, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    If Quinovqa is available only in the Americas. we in India better forget all about it. It is easier to stick to our own brand of Paruppu Podi, thengai Podi, Karuveppilai Podi et al. Easily available ingredients, not expensive and wonderfully tasty with boiled rice and a spoonful of til oil. How yummy!!l

  11. Rekha Eashwar January 4, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Any indian name to this ceral which is grown in other parts of the world?

  12. Venkatesan Mani January 6, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    I think Quinoa is grown in Brazil. Pl. anybody check and confirm. What I see from mr A, Ranganathan’s commentIndian products as Paruppu Podi, Curry leaves powders, etc. are easily available in India and these are quite tasty to indulge in with steamed rice. I agree with him. thanks.
    Vdnkatrsan Mani.

  13. subha April 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Quinoa is kind of grain.It contains lot of proteins and fiber.It is 3000 years old variety of grain which was used by native americans.We can use this instead of rice, sooji.And it can be used in salads.Its a gluten free organic .

  14. Deborah November 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    I made this podi tonight with quinoa flakes and it is awesome! While I make and use the usual podis mentioned by others almost daily, this one is special because of it’s very high and complete protein content. I do live in N. America where quinoq is easily obtainable, so it is a very worthwhile effort and simple to make. Thank you for sharing!

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