Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi/ Upma Recipe

Divya Shivaraman
53 ratings.
Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi/ Upma Recipe

Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi Recipe is a hearty preparation of quinoa, vegetables and spices, cooked together in a single pot. Quinoa has gained the reputation of being a superfood, and is popularly used as a substitute for rice, which is exactly what this recipe does. By cooking it in a South Indian style, it brings the wholesome goodness of this superfood in a familiar and comforting and healthy form. Quinoa Vegetable Khichadi can be served with raita, papad and pickles for a delicious weeknight dinner.

Did you know: Quinoa is called superfood with good reason. For starters, this whole-grain is naturally gluten-free. In addition, it is packed with iron, vitamin-B, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin-E and twice as much fibre as most other grains. However, what makes quinoa truly unbeatable, nutritionally, is that it contains every essential amino acid, unlike other grains, which makes it a complete protein.

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Cuisine: Continental
Course: World Breakfast
Diet: Diabetic Friendly
Equipments Used: Cast Iron Dutch Pan
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

50 M


3 Servings


  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 teaspoon Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 6 Curry leaves
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 1 Shallot , finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 1 cup Mixed vegetables , (diced beans peas, corn, carrots)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • Salt , as needed
  • Coriander leaves (Dhania) , few, chopped

Directions for Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi/ Upma Recipe

  1. To begin making Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi, first heat a heavy bottomed pan. Add the olive oil and mustard seeds and allow them to pop. Next add the cumin seeds, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves and green chili. Saute it all for a few seconds.

  2. Add the chopped shallots and sprinkle a little salt. Saute gently until they turn translucent. Next, add the vegetables and cook on a medium flame until they are half cooked.

  3. Next, add the chopped tomatoes, mix well and saute sauté for a couple of minutes. Follow this by adding coriander powder, garam masala, quinoa and sauté once again for a couple of minutes, until the masalas cook through.

  4. Add 2 cups of water and adjust salt.

  5. Increase the heat to medium and bring the water to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and covered the pan, allowing the quinoa to cooked completely. It will absorb all the water completely.

  6. Take the pan off the heat, garnish the Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi with fresh chopped coriander leaves and serve.

  7. Serve the Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi warm along with a cooling raita, papad and pickles for breakfast, pack it into a lunch or even have it for a quick weeknight dinner.

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Last Modified On Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:34

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