Quinoa Upma

1 Jan

Quinoa Upma.

Choice of vegetables (potato, carrot, peas…) is finely chopped and cooked in typical South Indian spices. Quinoa is then added to the vegetables and briefly fried. It is then cooked in enough water till soft and fluffy. Serve quinoa upma as it is or with mango pickle.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Quinoa Upma


Quinoa 1 Cup
Potato 1 Small
Carrot 1 Small
Peas 2 Tbsps
Green Chiles 1 – 2
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Cilantro few Springs
Salt to taste


Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal 1/2 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Peel, wash and chop potato and into small pieces.
Remove stems, wash and chop the green chiles.
Peel and mince the ginger.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped green chiles and ginger.
Fry for couple of seconds, add chopped potato, carrot and peas.
Fry for a minute, stir in quinoa and salt.
Then pour 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
Lower the flame and cook covered for 10 – 15 minutes or until quinoa is soft.
Serve quinoa upma with a pickle of your choice.
Notes: Make sure quinoa is cooked properly before removing from heat.

Suggestions: To not make upma fluffy, add quarter cup more water and a tbsp of yogurt for much creamier version of quinoa upma. If quinoa is not cooked properly, add few more tbsps of water and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: You can also add your choice of vegetables to the tempering.
Other Names: Quinoa Upma.


15 Responses to “Quinoa Upma”

  1. Apu January 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Perfect!! Love quinoa!!

  2. anupama January 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    raji… please let me know what this quinoa is. never heard of this

  3. Geetha January 3, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    what is this quinoa where we got it

  4. Kalyani aggarwal January 3, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    i love quinoa too.I usually put tomatoes in this to give some tartness.I also wash quinoa very well to remove bitterness and cook 1 cup in 1 1/3 cup of water so it comes out as separate grains. i then add it to sauteed vegetables. If i cook them together I find it has a gummy texture.

  5. shaila ravi January 3, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    please let me know what is the other name of quinoa.

  6. AJAYAMBIKA January 4, 2011 at 2:23 am #


  7. alkadixit January 4, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    hindi name forquiona

  8. swetha January 4, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    hey what is quinoa how does it look like is korra biyam the other name of quinoa where can we get it from?this recipie looks good i want to try

  9. Raji January 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    @Apu thank you

    @kalyani aggarwal that sounds like well thought out process. will try next time. thanks for letting us know. thank you

    @anupama, geetha, shaila ravi, ajayambika, alkadixit, swetha

    check wiki for clear pics and info on quinoa. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa
    and do let me know whats it called in Indian language.

  10. suganya January 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    i think quinoa means wheat rawa,but I m not sure…..

  11. jyotsna January 5, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    i want to try this recipe but what it is call in hindi & from you get it

  12. geeta amladi January 5, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    What is quinoa?I am hearing it for the first time.What is the hindi woed for the same?

  13. mathangi January 21, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    hey raji what quinoa where shall i get it from pls. tell me in telugu or tamil or hindi…

  14. samrajya lakshmi January 25, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    i follow the other readers. what is the meaning of quinoa ? sometimes u must clarify un known names in telugu too

  15. Poongodi May 20, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    The main staple diet was & is Quinoa of the people of Peru. It is a grain and is very nutritious and is considered a super food. Highly recommended for health benefits.

    If you’re in the US, you will find Quinoa in Whole Foods or Sprouts. I am not sure whether it is available in India. Since it is an Aztec staple there is no generic name for the grain.

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