After a long break, I got a big bag of quinoa the other day. So my experiments with quinoa resume! Thankfully, kids have accepted quinoa in their own way. Touch Wood!! Quinoa payasam tasted very much like rice kheer. (annam paramannam). My dear husband was confused when I told him that it was quinoa and not rice!! Here is payasam which can amaze one and all.

Ingredients - 

Milk 4 cups
Roasted Quinoa 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar / Sugar 1 cup
Roasted Almonds 1 Tbsp
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

Method of Preparation - 

Dry Roast the quinoa in a hot sauce pan and then pressure cook the roasted quinoa with 2-3 cups of water. 

In a heavy bottomed skillet, Boil milk. (Alternatively, Microwave milk for 5-6 min and continue with the process in the traditional way)

Powder the roasted almonds and add it to the boiling milk. 

Mix in the boiled quinoa and let it blend well with the milk. 

Add Sugar and let it boil for about 4-5 min while mixing it, so that the milk doesn't burn.

Optionally garnish with Roasted Cashew , Almond and Raisins. I didn't garnish as it is not preferred by the kids!

The payasam is ready to serve now. 

Serve it hot or chilled as per individual taste. (We liked it both warm and cold).

Note - 

1.Dry Roasting of quinoa is optional - only to remove the typical nutty flavor of quinoa.
2.Pressure cooking is also optional. Quinoa can be boiled on the stovetop with the same amount of water.
3.To get a richer taste quinoa could also be boiled in milk - Is anyone ready to try this out yet?

This goes to
1. Nivedita's 'Celebrate Sweets - Kheer'  and 'Any one can cook - series 4 hosted by Ayeesha,  

2..'Only Festiveevent hosted by Khaugiri and initiated by Pari.
3. 'CFK - Festive Foods Sweet /Savory Versionsevent hosted by Suma and started by Sharmi.
4. 'CWF-WG - Quinoa' Event hosted by Priya Mitharwal.

Serves 4 Adults 
Preparation Time 30 min 


  1. Daisy Roshan Says:
  2. lovely and quickie payasam....yummy!!

  3. Satya Says:
  4. kheer looks very delicious ..n using quinoa is defiantly a healthy option ...i tried my hand on quinoa by making some dishes like upma,curd rice but didn't like that much ,now i feel i should try ur kheer ...thanks for sharing


  5. Suma Gandlur Says:
  6. Thanks for this 'super quinoa' kheer.

  7. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  8. Very delicious and healthy payasam, I must get quinoa to make this. Thank you for sending it to both of my events.

  9. Payasam looks delicious and healthy. Great recipe. I am going to make it very soon at my home.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Lovely payasam.

  11. Priya Suresh Says:
  12. Wat a healthy payasam..

  13. Padhu Sankar Says:
  14. Lovely and healthy payasam

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