One among the most healthy grain(?)that's in lime light these days. The name is derived from Spanish "kinwah" or "quin-wah".I read that Incas called this Chisaya mama meaning "mother of all grains".While going through its nutritive qualities, Its protein,fiber,phosphorous,magnesium, iron, calcium and its gluten free.Guess because of all these Incas called this "mother "  and  UN has also declared 2013 as International Year of Quinoa.
I first came to know about this wonder grain in 2010 when my mil bought Varagarisi from India.She said its marketed for many of its goodness specially for diabetic people. So when i made halwa with that and posted here i was browsing for English name and found Quinoa images  similar to this varagarisi and thought it was same ,till my neighbour showed me the real cooked sambar quinoa.So we got Quinoa for the first time in 2010 and tried Sambar Rice and pongal and we loved it. since then i have been trying various versions  like vegetable briyani, tomato,mint,spinach and broccoli quinoa etc.But problem was i make this for my DH's lunch early in the morning i didn't have time to take photos so couldn't post any of these recipes here.Will try to get quick snaps when ever i can :) last week I wanted to try something like fried rice and the result is this post.
measurement here is just for 1 person
Quinoa-1/2 cup
Capsicum ,Carrot,Spring onion or vegetables of your choice- about approximately more that 1/4 cup .
Onion-2 tsp
Ginger-1 tsp finely chopped
Garlic-1 tsp finely chopped
Green chilli-1 finely chopped
Chilli powder-according to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp(optional)
Soy sauce- 1tsp
Tomato sauce-1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 1/2 to 2 tbs
Water- 1 to 1  1/2 cup to cook quinoa

1)Boil water in a pan add little salt (just for quinoa).
2)Add quinoa , cover and cook in low flame till its soft and fluffy.and keep aside.
3)Heat oil in a pan and add chilli powder,chopped or crushed ginger, garlic. saute for few minutes. Add onion and saute again for few minutes.Add turmeric powder,this is optional. I add this in almost everything for its medical properties :)
4)Add vegetables and  salt and cook.
5)Add tomato sauce and soy sauce and cook for few more minutes .Mix Quinoa to this well and Serve :)

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