Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Quinoa Fake Fried Rice

I rediscovered the goodness of Quinoa recently and went ga-ga over it! Decided to substitute rice/semolina with Quinoa during the last few months stay in US.

Fusion cuisine is one of my all time favourite styles of cooking. Eats meets West is a style that requires a acquired liking or else it falls flat on the tongue,never reaching the palette.

Indo-Chinese cuisine is an awesome example of fusion cooking.I wanted to infuse the methods of this style in preparing Quinoa,various ways! Its a good way to make such cheat meals to incorporate nutrition and taste both.

So,CWM's cooking a fake fried (rice) Quinoa with loads of veggies!! In the words of Barney Stinson,Chef Suit up!


1. 2 Cups cooked quinoa (As per the instructions on the cover).
2. 1 thinly sliced onion/shallot.
3. Thinly sliced bell peppers (1 of each colour).
4. 1 carrot shredded (washed,peeled).
5. 4-5 Cremini (or other variety of mushrooms) mushrooms.
6. 3 tbsp. tomato ketchup.
7. salt to taste.
8. 1 tbsp. low iodine soy sauce.
9. 2-3 tbsp red chili sauce/paste.
10. 1 tsp rice vinegar
11. 1tsp.sugar. (optional)
12. 1 clove of garlic-minced.
13. 1/4 th green onion-finely chopped.
14. 1/4 th cup cabbage-finely chopped.
15. 1 tomato thinly sliced.
16. 1 tbsp. vegetable oil.

(**you may add or subtract veggies as per your choice)

Awesome-ness in the making...

1. Saute garlic,onion and bell pepper over hot oil for few seconds. (this is how we fake fry :P)
2. Add sugar,cabbage,mushrooms,carrots over the mix and allow it to partly cook.
3. Keeping the veggies still crisp enough, add the ketchup,vinegar,chili sauce and soy in it and mix well.
4. Add the cooked Quinoa (faking rice) in it and switch the gas off. Mix the ingredients well. 

The un-fried Quinoa is ready! And,table suit-up guys,Feast!

CWM'S Quote: "We are born with a palette and appetite (both could be hereditary/genetic).As we grow wiser,we adapt and flourish our appetite with newer foods and drool over them for the rest of our lives.I call it "acquired taste" syndrome.In this series of introductions and first dates with new gastronomy,we tend to dislike those soul foods that we grew up eating. This recipe might not appeal to the conservative eaters,so understand the likings of the diners before serving this".


  1. I love quinoa and it's a healthy tret to substitute it with rice

  2. Yeah, definitely! Try making idles of it!