Welcome Monday!! It had been a hectic and tough time for us with the older one admitted to the hospital with some mysterious belly ache which saw us running to the Emergency twice in 3 days. We are so glad the past week is behind us. Fortunately for us, we are all back to our routine with nothing to worry about the kiddo. She is all smiles and back to school !!

Now on to some pleasant things in life. Some comfort food.. I have been relying on this one pot meal for quite sometime now for a quick fix lunch/dinner for me and the kids. S is not a great fan of quinoa so he is excluded from the list! I have tried various proportions of quinoa and moong dal and found no great difference in texture or taste.

Quinoa Pongal

Ingredients - 

Quinoa 1 cup
Moong Dal (Pesara pappu) 3/4 cup
Pepper corns 7-8
Cashews 3 Tbsp
Ghee 1 Tbsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Jeera/Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Hing /Inguva 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste

Note - I add some vegetables for variation sometimes. I throw in some rice too if the kids are fussy. So play around with the ingredients to suit your tastes!

Method Of Preparation -  

In a heated pan, add 1/2 tablespoon of ghee and fry the cashews and the pepper corns.

In the same mix add moong dal and fry till the moong dal gives out a nice aroma and the color changes slightly.

Quinoa Pongal

Wash quinoa separately and add turmeric, hing, jeera, salt and about 3-4 cups of water. To this add the fried moong dal mix.

I put it in a pressure cooker and it was ready in 19 min.

Note - Optionally a seasoning of mustard seeds and curry leaves (in loads of ghee!) can be added in the end. 

Serve hot with Bendakaya Gojju or Chutney of your choice.

Sending this to 'Cooking With Seeds - Quinoa' guest hosted by Priya of Now Serving originally started by Priya Suresh.

Preparation Time 25 min
Serves 4-5 
Posted by Harini on Monday, September 26, 2011


  1. Rekha shoban Says:
  2. healthy pongal!!yumm!

  3. Good to know your kid is fine now... Another delicious way to eat quinoa..
    Krithi's Kitchen
    Event: Serve It - Steamed

  4. Indian Khana Says:
  5. Healthy way to do pongal ...looks yum

  6. Vardhini Says:
  7. Nice and different use of quinoa .. yum.

    Zesty Palette

  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Glad ur kiddo is doing well...Quinoa pongal looks seriously delicious and healthy..

  10. Shanavi Says:
  11. Nowadays, quinoa recipes are very popular in the blogosphere and this tops the category..Delicious

  12. Prathima Rao Says:
  13. A healthy & filling pongal :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. Bake Babe Says:
  15. Do you get Quinoa in India? Is there a local name for it? Or is it only available in specialty stores?

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. Harini, Thanks a lot for your sweet wishes on my blog - I am looking forward to BH Wed - cannot wait to browse through your recipes - I made a quinoa kicdhi last night - Pongal is a wonderful idea!!!

  18. divya Says:
  19. Tempting and beautiful presentation.. looks so tempting!!

  20. Elaichii Says:
  21. Very innovative and healthy!

  22. Hyma Says:
  23. new type of pongal! nice and innovative

  24. Kalyani Says:
  25. nice healthy combo !


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