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Spiced Quinoa Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Spiced Quinoa

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"This recipe combines pungent Mediterranean and Indian flavors for a quick and delicious side dish."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Stir together the olive oil, onion, and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the quinoa, curry powder, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes until the quinoa is tender.
  2. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, stir in the drained garbanzo beans, toasted pine nuts, and raisins. Serve warm or cold.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 17, 2009

I found this when searching for recipes using chick peas (had leftovers from a batch cooked in crockpot). Sounded interesting so gave it a try. Glad I did! I'll make it again. I did increase the spices quite a bit after tasting finished dish...didn't measure, just "palmed it". Have to admit that the aroma while cooking had me wondering if I'd made a mistake...the combination of spices smelled kinda strange to me, did again when opening leftovers, but I do like the flavor. It's one of those flavors that I found growing on me more with each bite. Increasing the spices considerably didn't drastically change the flavor as much as I thought it would...even though I could feel the beginning of heat in my mouth. Sent leftovers with daughter for school lunch today...waiting to see what she thinks. I used raisins and think that, like others, they add a definite depth to the flavor that's important (and I usually don't care for raisins much). Didn't have any pine nuts so couldn't add those, but will definitely next time...and there will be a next time. Thanks for the recipe!! I've been looking to increase our use of quinoa. UPDATE I changed the rating to a 5. My daughter really likes this for her school lunch. I've made it a few more times and have added pine nuts...they do add another layer of flavor/texture that we like. This is going into our regular rotation making sure to cook for leftovers.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 21, 2010

This might be the only one-star rating I've left. Possibly, it's because we don't like quinoa, although this is the only time I've tried it so it's hard to tell. The flavors did not marry well, and all we could taste was curry.

Mar 01, 2010

5 STARS ALL THE WAY! This was absolutely delish. I am very impressed. We will definitely add this to our regular rotation! I didn't have garbanzo beans, so I used spicy black beans. I doubled the spices and used half to season 3 chicken breasts then grilled them on the Foreman grill. Sliced and served chicken on top. The raisins add a burst of sweetness with the spiciness, and it's so YUM!! What a meal.

Sep 15, 2008

This was amazing and I would highly recommend it. All the flavors come together very well. I highly recommend including the raisins. I added some cayenne to spice it up a bit, and topped it with parsley (cilantro would be good too). Make a big batch and eat all week.

Aug 03, 2009

I realized halfway into the recipe that I didn't have broth, so I used water and it worked just fine. I also didn't have garbanzo beans and used pinto beans instead. I think you could use any mild canned beans in a pinch.

Sep 06, 2008

Delicious! Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a whole grain and one of the most nutritious. This is a great way to serve it. I loved all the textures and flavors - I agree with another reviewer that the raisins should definitely be in it. I don't think you need to add the additional salt - there is enough salt in it from the chicken stock. Definitely will make again. Thanks for a great recipe!

Jan 22, 2010

This is now my husband's favorite meal. I've used dried cherries instead of raisins, and they work well too.

Dec 21, 2009

Very good. I made this for a vegan friend of mine (so used water instead of broth). I made the following substitutions and it turned out well: - used Craisins instead of raisins - used pecans instead of pine nuts - didn't have curry powder, so increased the cumin Overall, it was flavorful and yummy. We'll probably make it again. Also: my 11 month old baby liked it too.


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  • Calories
  • 440 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 64.8 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 15.6 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 8.9 g
  • 36%
  • Protein
  • 14.8 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 851 mg
  • 34%

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

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