This recipe is an absolute winner!! When I visited Harini(my sis) I was introduced to quinoa and I was pretty impressed with its versatility. Also because of its health benefits, I was determined to make it a regular in my kitchen as well. Suma's Quinoa Besibele Huli inspired me to try it out at home. Thanks to her we have also become fans of this wonder grain. 

Ingredients -
Quinoa 1 1/2 Cups
Toor Dal 1 1/2 Cups
Green Chillies 3-4 (or as per taste)
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Tamarind extract 1/4 to 1/2 Cup
Sugar/Jaggery 1 Tbsp (optional)
Vegetables (I used Carrots, Beans, Potatoes, Lima Beans, Broad beans, Onions and Tomatoes)
Seasoning (Oil/Ghee 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana dal 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, Methi seeds a pinch, Hing 2 pinches, Red Chilli 1-2, Curry leaves )
Water 6 cups
Salt as per taste
Besibele Bath Powder as given below

Method of Preparation -

For Besibele Bath Powder -
Dhaniya/Coriander seeds 2 tsp
Methi seeds / Fenugreek seeds 3/4 tsp
Coconut Powder 4 tsp
Red chilli 3-4
Urad Dal 2 tsp
Chana Dal 2 tsp
Lavang/Cloves 3-4
Jeera/Cumin seeds 1 sp
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Rathi Puvvu about 1 Tbsp

Roast each of the ingredients separately and powder them upon cooling.

Pressure cook Quinoa, Toor Dal and the chopped veggies with about 6 cups of water. Also add green chillies, Turmeric and salt.

In a sauce pan add oil/ghee and the rest of the seasoning. After the dals are brown enough and the mustard seeds crackle, add the cooked quinoa mixture.

To the above mixture add the tamarind extract, Sugar and the Besi Bele Bath Masala Powder and let the flavors mix well.

Serve this one-pot meal with some Papads and curds.

Sending this off to 'CWF:WG - Quinoa' Event guest hosted by Priya Mitharwal started by Kiran.

Preparation Time 45 min 
Serves 9-10 Adults
Posted by Jaya on Friday, December 10, 2010


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Wat a healthy and delectable dish..comforting..

  3. Soumya Says:
  4. very healthy and nutritious dish...

  5. good one- will try out!

  6. Nice and healthy..

  7. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  8. This looks simply awesome.

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. Hey,

    Good and healthy one...:)


  11. Akila Says:
  12. Wow what a lovely and healthy one dear...

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