Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Pilaf

April 20, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes Print This Post Print This Post

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This is what I’d call a good “cabinet meal”. Almost everything in it comes from things I already had on hand. It was very flavorful and quick to cook, except for one thing…

The original recipe asked for quinoa. As I dumped in the dry quinoa, I realized suddenly that there was clearly not enough liquid for the quinoa to cook. The recipe didn’t call to add any water. Oops! (It would have been a nice crunchy dish!) To salvage it, I quickly added 2.5 cups of water into the mixture and let the quinoa simmer. If you pre-cook the quinoa, then you can just add it in and heat through.

Curried Quinoa Pilaf
from Two Kids and a Kitchen

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion (or 1/2 medium), chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon garam marsala
1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
The juice of 1/2 of a lime
1/4 cup diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
1/3 cup cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup milk
1 Teaspoon honey
1 to 1 1/2 cup quinoa

Heat olive oil in pan over medium to medium high heat. Add onions and garlic, saute for a moment, until they start to turn translucent. Add spices and lime. Continue to cook for a minute.

curried quinoa and chickpea pilaf

Add tomatoes, cook until the tomatoes start to juice.

curried quinoa and chickpea pilaf

Then add the chickpeas, and cook for several minutes more.

curried quinoa and chickpea pilaf

Once everything has started to release moisture, add the milk. Stir and blend until the milk has been well combined and the sauce starts to turn a little thick.

curried quinoa and chickpea pilaf

Add the quinoa and 2 1/2 cups of water heat through until quinoa sprouts.

curried quinoa and chickpea pilaf

curried quinoa and chickpea pilaf

Then add honey, stir well and saute for another couple of minutes.

curried quinoa and chickpea pilaf

Plate and eat.

2 Comments to “Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Pilaf”

  1. I just want to say thank you for these wonderful recipes and for all the pictures you take! It’s one thing to have such a good selection of healthy, cruelty-fee recipes, but to provide the amount of pictures you do really puts this site over the top. You, my friend, have just been bookmarked! Tres bien, mercy, and keep up the good work!!

  2. Megabeth says:

    Thanks for the great compliments, Jackie! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy the site and have bookmarked it. If you ever have any suggestions for recipes I should try, let me know! Cheers!


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