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Quinoa Biryani Recipe

Quinoa Biryani

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"A delicious take on the traditional Indian biryani."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in quinoa and allow to toast briefly. Stir in the garlic, ginger, cinnamon sticks, turmeric, cardamom, and cloves. Cook and stir until the spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes. Pour in the water. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil; add potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower. Recover, then reduce heat to low and cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the broccoli and green beans, then replace cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in the green peas, and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  3. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion; cook and stir until the onion is golden, about 8 minutes. Mix in the cashew pieces, stirring constantly until lightly toasted. Transfer quinoa and vegetables to a large platter or bowl. Top with the onion/cashew mixture and chopped cilantro.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 11, 2010

This is a great base, but I found it bland as is. Other than caramelizing red onions in coconut oil while the quinoa was cooking, I followed the recipe exactly, but after tasting it I increased the cardamom (I used 1/2 tsp ground; 1 pod = 1/6 tsp), added salt and 1/2 tsp garam masala, and added raisins. The raisins really gave the dish a needed punch. Once these changes were made, it was delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 05, 2010

most certainly is a great way to combine veggies with a natural protein-rich grain. Needs more spices unless you're serving small young ones.

Feb 17, 2010

Great and easy recipe. I used vegetable broth instead of water and add 3/4 cup of raisin. it adds a bit a sweet and flavour to it

Mar 09, 2011

This is an amazing way to eat quinoa. I am trying to get more healthy quinoa in my diet but get tired of the simple quinoa-onion-beans combo or the add-it-to-soup. This is a super delicious, novel way to eat it! My fiance is from Bolivia, the land of of quinoa, and he loved it and said he had never had quinoa made this way before. I also added more spice and plenty of salt, as other readers commented, and I just used the vegetables I had on hand: corn instead peas, butternut squash cubed instead of broccoli or cauliflower, and it was great!

Aug 17, 2010

I happen to love the indian basmati rice version of biryani but this recipe was SO BLAND! Very dissappointing. I've had quinoa in salads and love it but I didn't feel that it's a good base for a biryani. I don't think I'll be making this again.

May 24, 2010

I found it bland. I thought it was because it was my first time using cardamom and I didn't really know how to use it, but reading other reviews reassure me. I might try it again if somebody has a great suggestion for tweaking it. I was so excited about eating a good biryani that night...:-(

Apr 22, 2011

I also found it bland and certainly would not put potato in it again as that didn't seem to match and was just another bland addition. I added craisins as I didn`t have raisins and that was slightly better but I would not make this again.

Mar 12, 2010

pretty bland, I added some raisins and that helped


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  • Calories
  • 334 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50.3 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 9.9 g
  • 40%
  • Protein
  • 10.6 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 129 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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