Mint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao

Mint Quinoa Pulao

Protein packed mint flavored veg-quinoa with chickpeas, edamame and Indian cottage cheese (paneer). Though it is very yummy by itself, since it is full of flavors or you can have it with some yogurt, however it tastes best accompanied by kadhi and papad…

Ingredients:

  1. Protein source:
    • Quinoa – 2/3 cup washed
    • Chickpeas – 1 cup of dry and then washed and soaked
    • Edamame – 1.5 cups shelled
    • Indian Cottage Cheese (Paneer) – 1 cup chopped in small cubes (for dairy free version use Tofu)Mint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate
  2. Mint flavored green paste:
    • Mint leaves – 2 small bunches
    • Cilantro – 1 small bunch
    • Green chillies – 4 or 5
    • Ginger – 1 inch pieceMint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate
  3. Vegetables:
    • Onion – 1 medium size sliced
    • Cauliflower florets – 1 cup
    • broccoli florets – 1 cup
    • Carrots – 2 medium size sliced
    • Peppers – 1 cup mix colorMint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate
  4. Spices:
    • Oil – 1 tbs
    • Asafoetida (Hing) – 1 generous pinch
    • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
    • Salt – Per your taste
    • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
    • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
    • Lime/lemon juice – 2 tbs / juice of one lemonMint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate

 

Method:
Pre-prep:

  1. First of all cook quinoa till it is 3/4 done and keep it aside.
  2. Boil chickpeas al dente, we don’t want mushy chickpeas keep it aside.
  3. Steam edamame pods shell them and keep it aside.
  4. Take all the ingredients for green paste and run into a blender and keep it aside.

Cooking:

  1. Heat some oil in a wide open pan, add hing and cumin seeds wait till seeds cracked.Mint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate
  2. Add sliced onions and fry it for 2-3 minutes.
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  3. Following that add cauliflower and broccoli florets cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat.Mint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate
  4. After that add carrots, mix peppers, edamame and mix everything.
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  5. Sprinkle all the spices and give it a good stir.Mint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate
  6. Now add green paste and cook for another 5 minutes.
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  7. After that add chickpeas and paneer, again mix everything.Mint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate
  8. Finally, add quinoa mix, cover, switch off the heat and leave it for 10-15 minutes and let the steam work on absorbing all the flavors into the dish.Mint-Flavored Protein Packed Quinoa Pulao Enhance Your Palate
  9. Before serving sprinkle some lemon juice and enjoy.

As mentioned above, it is very yummy by itself, since it is full of flavors or you can have it with some yogurt, however it tastes best accompanied by kadhi and papad…
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