Masala Quinoa is in effect Ummagalli with quinoa. I was cracking my brains to feed my kids something nutritious and they left me with very few choices and so it had to be ummagalli with quinoa. By now, it is probably clear that I have got hooked on to quinoa more so because of its nutritional profile. Its versatility and ease of adaptability has made it a favorite at home. So here's how my kids liked it..

Masala Quinoa

Ingredients - 

Quinoa 1 cup
Mixed Veggies (Carrots, Peas, Beans, Shelled edamame, Palak) 2 cups
Sambar Powder 1 tsp
Turmeric 2 pinches
Salt as per taste
Tamarind juice / Lemon juice 1 Tbsp (I used lemon juice)
Seasoning (Oil 1 tsp, Chana dal 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp. Mustard Seeds 1 tsp. Jeera 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves) 

Method Of Preparation - 

In a sauce pan, boil 5 cups of water and cook quinoa for about 10-13 min. 

Boil all the veggies separately (to speed up the cooking process). I microwaved the veggies with 1/2 cup of water.

After the quinoa is cooked, it would look like a gravy. Add turmeric, salt, sambar powder and all the veggies. If using tamarind juice, now is the time to add it too.

Meanwhile, in a small pan, heat oil for the seasoning and fry all the seasoning spices. After the mustard seeds start spluttering, add the sesaoning to the quinoa mixture.

Let the quinoa mixture simmer for a while and when the consistency seems right, switch off the flame. 

Serve and enjoy!

Note - Please alter the ingredients to suit your taste..

Serves 3 Adults

Preparation Time 30 min
Posted by Harini on Thursday, June 24, 2010


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Woww wat a beautiful masala quinoa, looks tremendous..

  3. thats a nice dish quinoa with veggies and the sambar masala really give yummy taste..

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