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Vegetable Quinoa Pulao Recipe

Pulao is an excellent one pot meal on busy days. But this Vegetable Quinoa Pulao is a healthy alternative that substitutes rice with quinoa without compromising on the taste.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Entree, Lunch Box Recipes, One Pot Meal
Cuisine: Asian, Indian
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 272kcal


  • bowl
  • pan
  • spatula


  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup Mixed vegetables I used carrots, beans, peas and bell pepper
  • 2 Green chilies sliced
  • 1 tsp Saunf/fennel seeds
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Star Anise optional
  • 3 Cardamom
  • ¼th cup Raisins
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or oil
  • to taste Salt
  • ¼ tsp Garam masala


  • Wash the quinoa well under running cold water. Soak it for about ½ hr and then drain it and keep aside.
  • In a kadai or a non stick pan, heat some oil or ghee and add the masala items (saunf, cinnamon, bay leaf, star anise and Cardamom). Fry them for couple of minute or until fragrant and then add the raisins
  • Fry it for a minute until the raisins fluff up and then add the onions and green chilies.
  • Sauté until onions are translucent and then add the vegetables.
  • Sauté them for few minutes (about 5 mins) and then add the drained quinoa. Fry the quinoa until all the moisture evaporates (about 7-8 mins).
  • Add the salt and the garam masala powder. Add about 2 cups of water and let it come to boil over medium high heat.
  • Then simmer and cook covered until the quinoa is cooked and all the water is evaporated (about 20 mins). This can be also cooked in cooker.
  • If there is some moisture left after the quinoa is cooked, you could open the lid and let it evaporate, stirring frequently.
  • Serve the Quinoa Pulao with Raita


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2324IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg