Spicy Quinoa Upma Recipe

Spicy Quinoa and Oats Upma Recipe is a delicious spicy dish which you can make for breakfast or a light dinner. South Indian style upma made with this superfood - Quinoa. A must try dish in your kitchen.

Reshma Seetharam
Spicy Quinoa Upma Recipe
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Spicy Quinoa Upma Recipe is a delicious spicy dish which you can make for breakfast or a light dinner. This healthy recipe will cover your daily intake of fiber, protein, and satisfy your ‘something spicy and yummy’ craving. You can make this recipe in just 30 minutes and a delicious breakfast is served.

Did You Know: Quinoa is received the name of a 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 fibre. However, what makes quinoa truly unbeatable, nutritionally, is that it contains every essential amino acid, unlike other grains, which makes it a complete protein.

Serve the Quinoa Upma along with Coconut Chutney, a glass of Green Apple Spinach Juice for a wholesome breakfast. 

If you like Upma for breakfast, you can also try the wholesome 

  1. Broken Barley Upma 
  2.  Vegetable Jowar Upma.
  3. Puli Upma Recipe/ Tamarind & Rice-Rava Upma


Cuisine: Indian
Course: Indian Breakfast
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

50 M


2 Servings


  • 1 cup Quinoa , organic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , slit lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup Green peas (Matar) , steamed
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger , finely grated or chopped
  • 4 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt , as per your taste
  • Salt , as per your taste

How to make Spicy Quinoa Upma Recipe

  1. To begin with Spicy Quinoa and Oats Upma Recipe, dry roast the quinoa in a large pan for about 3 to 5 minutes on medium heat. Once they get a roasted aroma, set them aside.

  2. In the same heavy bottomed pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil on medium-low heat,  once the oil is hot, add ginger, cumin seeds, curry leaves and green chilies. 

  3. When the cumin seeds begin to sizzle, add onions and saute it until the onions turn translucent and become soft.

  4. Add the turmeric powder, tomatoes and peas to the onions and saute it for a couple of minutes. 

  5. Sprinkle salt according to your taste and pour in 2 cups of water to the tomato onion mixture and bring the water to a brisk boil. Once the water is boiling, add the roasted quinoa and allow them cook for about 4-6 minutes on medium heat. 

  6. Stir gently on low heat to get rid of any lumps. Cover the Quinoa upma with a lid and allow it cook for another 10 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked.

  7. After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and garnish the Spicy Quinoa Upma with chopped coriander leaves. You can optionally sprinkle some lemon juice and serve warm.

  8. Serve the Quinoa Upma along with Coconut Chutney, a glass of Green Apple Spinach Juice for a wholesome breakfast.