After the success of my experiments with quinoa (Quinoa pulao and Quinoa-Strawberry Muffins), I am encouraged to try a different variation of quinoa pulao. So I decided to make Biryani out of quinoa with very mild spices as the main aim is to make my picky eaters get used to this ultra nutritious and delicious grain. If interested, quinoa biryani can be made like the traditional Vegetable Biryani substituting rice with quinoa. Check this out...

Ingredients - 

Quinoa 1 cup
Mixed Veggies chopped (Carrots, Beans, Peas, Corn, Edamame) 2 cups
Onion finely chopped 1 medium
Sesame Seeds 1 tsp
Cloves 3-4
Cinnamon 1 inch
Cardamom 1-2
Shajeera 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds(Sounf) 1/2 tsp
Mint leaves few (Optional)
Cashew 3 Tbsp (Optional)
Turmeric 2-3 pinches
Salt as per taste (1 tsp approx)
Lime/Lemon Juice 2 tsp (as per taste)
Oil 1 Tbsp (or more) For Seasoning

Method Of Preparation - 

In a hot skillet, pour oil and shajeera, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, sesame seeds, cashews and finely chopped onions and saute them.

Once the onions are golden brown, add the remaining veggies and mint and lightly saute them.

Also add turmeric and salt.

Add quinoa to the above veggie mixture and saute for a minute and transfer the contents into a rice cooker. Add 2 cups of water and after about 20-24 min the quinoa biryani would be ready. (Cooking on a stove top, also is an option)

I served mine with raitha and the kids absolutely luv this!!

Serves 3-4 Adults
Preparation Time 30 min 
Posted by Harini on Monday, May 24, 2010


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Omg, wat a fabulous briyani, makes me drool..

  3. i think the quinoa is a good one.first we feel what to do with this garin once we started using it we like to make so many quinoa the biryani its an awesome idea.looks so delicious.nice pic too

  4. looks bful and delcious dear..awesome color..pls collect ur award from my blog as a token of gratitude and love

  5. Anonymous Says:
  6. I don't recognize the ingredient shajeera?

  7. Harini R Says:
  8. Shahjeera is a cumin like spice used in the preparation of Biryanis.

  9. Anonymous Says:
  10. I am just curious to know what this 'Wonder Grain - Quinoa' called in India...

    Btw the recipe is mouth watering :-)

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