Quinoa Chili - Cheese Toast

I started off this recipe trying to make a bread loaf. But mistakenly I used the regular Royal Chapati Atta instead of the Whole Wheat Bread Flour and the dough didn't rise as much.

After frantic messages back and forth with Mir, she pointed out the mistake I made of using the Atta instead of the whole wheat bread flour. So I went ahead and baked these as Naans/Flatbreads. While I was baking them, I thought I should make a cheese toast with them to make them more palatable to my family. 

Then came the debate of whether I can post it as an american version of pizza on a flatbread or what should it be named and which country can it be from. Then Mir smartly came up with the fact that quinoa is a native seed from South America and every country has its own fusion version of pizzas and toasts. So I decided to use that 'on the border' clause and classified it under the Americas :).

The toast turned out very good and no one noticed the quinoa flatbread underneath all that cheese :)

So Q for Quinoa Chili Cheese Toast or might you call Quinoa Pizza??

Quinoa Flatbread

Recipe Adapted From here
Ingredients - 

Whole Wheat Flour 1 1/2 cups (I used Chakki Atta)
Bread Flour 1 cup
Quinoa 1/2 cup
Water 1/4 cup 
Buttermilk 3/4 cup
Salt 1 tsp
Active Dry Yeast 2 1/2 tsp
Sugar / Honey 1 Tbsp
Butter , softened 1 Tbsp
Toppings - 
Onions and colored bell peppers chopped
Green Chilies/Jalapenos chopped
Shredded Cheese as needed

Quinoa Chili-Cheese Toast

Method Of Preparation -

Boil a cup of water and add quinoa. Cook for about 10 minutes until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. Add in the buttermilk. Ensure that the mixture is hot but not boiling. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl of warm water, add sugar and yeast. Set aside in a warm place to proof.

In a stand mixer bowl, add the flours, salt, mix well. Add in the yeast solution and the quinoa mixture and knead until the dough comes together as relatively pliable. 
 [Due to the presence of quinoa, the dough might not be as smooth or pliable as the regular dough].

Grease a bowl and place the kneaded dough in it, cover and set aside in a warm place for it to double. [Mine didn't double so I left it for another hour or so.]

Divide the dough into 6-8 portions. Roll and stretch into an oval flatbread , arrange on a lined baking tray and bake at 425 °F for about 6-7 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Flip them and bake for another 3-4 minutes.

Remove sprinkle the toppings as needed and put them back in the oven for another 4-5 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Remove, slice and serve warm.

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Preparation Time 30 minutes + Resting time 3-4 hrs + Baking time 11-12 minutes
Makes 8


  1. Namratha Says:
  2. Haha smart move! Quinoa does cross borders no doubt and is totally adaptable to each country's cuisine. Lovely bake and with cheese, anything is palatable ;)

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Thats a brilliant dish, quinoa chilli cheese toast rocks. Prefect baked treat for Q.

  5. Sowmya :) Says:
  6. Yummy bake for Q....with all that cheese who can complain! It has been toughest to figure out which countries to attribute the recipe to...I so understand all that confusion!

  7. Srividhya Says:
  8. Quinoa pizza does sound inviting and healthy too.. amazing share for Q

  9. Srivalli Says:
  10. Ah you really had a tough time on this dish it seems..:)..whatever we have a delicious dish in the end..thanks for the awesome creation..

  11. Pavani Says:
  12. I was wondering how would Quinoa cheese toast look like. After reading the post, I know what it means. It is such a healthy & delicious flatbread and I love all that cheese on top :-)

  13. Quinoa flatbread pizza looks amazing. It's a healthy version of the regular pizza and guilt free too.

  14. Lovely Bread.. They look awesome n inviting!!

  15. What an innovative bread this is and love the addition of quinoa in the bread dough. I was thinking that you would have used quinoa in the topping. This is even better.

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