Quinoa ( pronounced Keen-wah) is one of the several ancient grains
being rediscovered by chefs all around North America. Once known as"
The Mother of all Grains"
Quinoa is growing in popularity again because it delivers all the
nutritional elements of animal protein without the fat & calories.
Quinoa is an excellent source of fibre & has high content of vitamins
& minerals like phosphorus, magnesium & iron & best of all it is
gluten free. This "Pseudo-grain "has a lovely nutty flavor, richer
than couscous & cooks quickly in roughly 15 minutes.
One cooking method is to treat quinoa much like rice, bringing two
cups (or less) of water to a boil with one cup of grain, covering at a
low simmer and cooking for 10–15 minutes or until the germ separates
from the seed. The cooked germ looks like a tiny curl and should have
a slight bite to it . As an alternative, one can
use a rice cooker to prepare quinoa, treating it just like white rice
(for both cooking cycle and water amounts).Vegetables and seasonings
can also be added to make a wide range of dishes. Chicken or vegetable
stock can be substituted for water during cooking, adding flavor. It
is also suited to vegetable pilafs & Indian style dishes like poha ( See Quinoa Poha)
So here comes another Quinoa recipe that can be relished as a snack or a side.
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 small zuccini ( grated)
2 green onions ( finely chopped)
Breadcrumbs from 1 slice of Bread( I used brown bread)
1 clove garlic ( finely chopped)
2 green chillies ( finely chopped)
1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt, black pepper powder & roasted cumin powder to taste
Oil for frying.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl & give it a good mix . If the mixture seems too dry ......wet your hands & then divide the mixture into lemon sized ball. Flatten each ball between your palms . Shallow fry on a hot griddle until golden on both sides. ( Incase you are an egg eater , add one egg to this mix , as the mix is quiet crumbly -the egg makes makes it really easy to manage)
Serve with your choice of ketchup or chutney. We loved it with some home made bread & guacamole.