Quinoa Biryani is a fusion biryani made with Quinoa and mixed vegetables with biryani masala and spices. This surely tastes wonderful and makes a filling meal.
For Q, I decided I would make Quinoa Biryani as I still had the Quinoa that Priya had given me some years back. Can you imagine how silly I sound as I had saved it up to make all dishes with Q. Anyway this quick biryani with Quinoa was an interesting fusion dish. The mixed vegetables and spices surely made this an wholesome meal.
I only made it with one cup as I wasn’t sure if everybody would like it. However, Athamma and Amma liked it as it surely had a nutty texture and almost felt like a salad. I boiled it in a saucepan with 1:2 ratio of water. If you are cooking it in pressure cooker, you should take care to check if its enough.
Quinoa Biryani is the pick for Q in the AtoZ Quick Under 30 Minutes, which is my theme in the Biryanis, Pulaos, Khichdis and Mixed Rices, where I am doing Quick Under 30 Minutes Meals. If you want to read some elaborate Biryanis, check out what I have for Q in Spice your Life!
A to Z Quick Under 30 Minutes Meals
A for Achari Chana Vegetable Pulao
B for Bhuga Chawara
C for Cholia Chawal
D for Dal Khichdi
E for Ellu Sadam
F for Fodnicha Bhaat
G for Green Garlic Pulao
H for Hare Chane Ka Pulav
I for Ivygourd Masala Rice
J for Jevarisi Chitranna
K for Kadam Bhog
L for Lilva Pulao
M for Methi Matar wara Chawaran
N for Neyichor
O for Oralu Chitranna
P for Pariba Khechudi
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Quinoa Biryani | How to make Quinoa Vegetable Biryani
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups Water
1 cup Mixed Vegetables (potato, beans, carrot)
1/2 cup Onion
1 tsp Curds
1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Green Chilies
1 inch Cinnamon
1 Bay Leaf
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
Handful Mint Leaves
Handful Coriander leaves
1/2 tsp Biryani Masala
1/4 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Salt to Taste
1 tsp Cooking Oil
2 tsp Ghee
Cooking the Quinoa:
Wash and soak the Quinoa for 15 mins.
Bring the water to boil in a saucepan and when it starts rolling boil, add the drained Quinoa.
Simmer and cook it covered till done. This takes about 10 mins.
Since I added just enough water for this to get cooked, take care to fluff in intervals.
Prep the Vegetables
During the time you soak the Quinoa, you can prep the vegetables and microwave for 10 mins or till done.
Making the Quinoa Biryani
In a pan, heat the oil and ghee, temper with the whole spices.
Add onion julienne, slit green chilies and ginger garlic paste.
Saute on high till the onions are done.
Now add the vegetables and continue cooking on high till the water is all evaporated.
Add the curds, biryani masala, garam masala and combine well.
When the whole mix gets dry, add the cooked Quinoa and mix well.
Cover and keep it on low flame for few mins.
Fluff and serve with onion raitha.