Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Quinoa Patties / Grain free, Gluten Free

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.



  1. healthy and delicious!!link it to my event teatime!

  2. Very healthy and nice snack to munch on tea time. cute clicks

  3. healthy delicious snack..presentation is so nice in that wonderful pan....

  4. beautiful healthy morsel. love such dishes.

  5. Healthy patties would make a great burger

  6. Very healthy and tasty patties...good to see you.

  7. very nice recipe..Thnx for sharing...

  8. healthy and yummy patties...nice plate.

  9. Very healthy and yummy looking patties.

  10. healthy and delicious snack ........

  11. Simply inviting patties, looks delicious...

  12. smart snack indeed alpana can eat them without guilt

  13. Everything on that plate looks so healthy and delicious!

  14. nice.. those patties sound delicious!

  15. Just by looking at it, u know how healthy it is... Good one

  16. not tried quinoa yet, the patties look delish ! i love cutlets :)

  17. healthy and delicious patties...looks yummy

  18. i want to taste these to be able to praise this delicacy-when do i get to eat these..............

  19. wow tempting patties....I am new here.

  20. Healthy, inviting patties!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner