Beetroot Quinoa

Beetroot QuinoaToday’s recipe is a continuation of my resolution to post healthy recipes as much as I can, going forward. Beetroot Quinoa is a dish made from a well known legume, beetroot and a not so common grain variety called the Quinoa. Like I had described in one of my earlier posts, Quinoa is a South American grain crop well known for its edible seeds. Quinoa is a super food that is rich in calories and easily digestible. Beetroot, as you may all know, is a very good source of iron and vitamins.

beetroot quinoaBeetroot Quinoa is a very easy dish to make. It literally takes 15 minutes to prepare. Also, with the way it’s made, you can either have Beetroot Quinoa as is or have the cooked beetroot only with rice. Beetroot Quinoa is a cold food and can be retained by refrigeration, making it the go-to food for bachelors and single ladies that is if you want to have healthy food, if not there is always pasta and noodles :). Also, it is a very good menu for lunch box, especially for kids 🙂

Beetroot quinoaFor those who worry about getting Quinoa back home, no worries, Quinoa is quite popular there and is called as (Seemai Thinai, literally known as foreign grain 🙂 ). Don’t miss out trying this truly healthy food which I believe will be a good alternative to have once in a while amongst the mundane dishes that we have often.

Beetroot Quinoa
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2
  • Olive oil or cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Urad dal – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – half sprig
  • Onion, finely chopped – 1 no
  • Green chilli, finely chopped – 2 nos
  • Beetroot, medium, grated – 1 cup
  • Quinoa – 1 cup
  • Salt as required
  1. Wash and drain quinoa using strainer. Pressure cook for 3 whistles adding 1 ½ cups water and enough salt.
  2. Heat a pan and add oil. Season with mustard seeds and urad dal.
  3. Add finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  4. Add chopped green chilli, and curry leaves. Give a quick stir.
  5. Now add in finely grated beetroot. Add enough salt and sauté well. Drizzle few drops of water (2 tbsp) on top, cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and sauté until all the water is absorbed. you can have this as a side or poriyal.
  7. Finally add cooked quinoa and mix well. Enjoy the yummy beetroot quinoa with papad! 
you can substitute quinoa and add rice instead.i.e beetroot rice.

Beetroot Quinoa

Dum ka chicken

Dum ka chcikenDum Ka Chicken is the latest dish that I came across, courtesy from one of our friends. It is a very tasty and sumptuous dish made using chicken. As the name suggests, the chicken is dum cooked (cooked in a sealed pot) which I have explained in the cooking instructions below. Dum Ka Chicken is one of the easiest dishes that I have ever cooked and it is one of the many reasons for it to be my most favorite dish in recent memory.
Dum ka chcikenDum Ka chicken is a Hyderabadi nawab dish meaning it’s a royal dish :). As I had mentioned above, it is very easy to make. All you need to do is marinate the chicken overnight and then cook it using dum method the next day. Also, it is, as I would like to say, an one pot dish, meaning, you just need to use one utensil during the entire preparation i.e., you use the same pot in which the chicken is marinated to cook as well. You can also prepare Dum Ka Chicken using a conventional oven.
Dum ka chcikenDum Ka Chicken is very rich in flavor and goes well with almost any entree items like rice, chapati, paratha, naan etc. Do try this royal, very tasty, simple (I am running out of adjectives :)) dish and post your wonderful comments!

Dum ka chicken
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
To make a paste:
  • Chironji or charoli- 1 tbsp
  • Cashews– 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli – 4 nos
Other ingredients:
  • Cinnamon stick – 1”
  • Green cardamom – 3 nos
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Shahi jeera – ½ tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – from half a lemon
  • Yogurt – ½ cup (2 tbsp)
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Mint, finely chopped – ½ cup
  • Cilantro, finely chopped – ½ cup
  • Onion , big, sliced – 1 to 2 nos
  • Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Chicken – 750 grams
  • Water – 1 ½ cup
Step 1: Marination
  1. Add all the above given ingredients in a deep thick bottomed sauce pan.
  2. Make a paste of the above given ingredients and add it to the pan.
  3. Heat oil and deep fry the onions to golden brown. Add them to the marinade.
  4. Mix everything together and check for salt and spices.
  5. Add the chicken to the marinade and mix well.
  6. Finally add water and mix well. Cover the lid and refrigerate it overnight.
Step 2:
Dum cooking – Stove top method
  1. Next day seal the lid with dough or aluminium foil and tightly close the pan (This method is called dumming). Cook in medium to medium low flame for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile heat a dosa pan in another burner. After ten minutes transfer the sauce pan on to the dosa pan and reduce the flame. Cook in low flame for 40 minutes.
  3. Switch off the flame and leave it for another 20 minutes.
  4. After 20 minutes open the lid and check if the chicken is well cooked. By this time chicken should be juicy and cooked well.
  5. Enjoy dum ka chicken with white rice and egg on the side! 
Dum cooking – Conventional oven method
  1. Marinate the chicken in any oven safe pan.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees F.
  3. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and then close the lid.
  4. Cook on the stove top for 20 minutes in low flame. And then place it in the oven and cook for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Enjoy! 
1.Use the same oil you used to fry the onions. It enhances the taste of the gravy.
2.And I recommend to always use freshly fried onions and not the store bought.
3.If you are calorie conscious then you can shallow fry the onions with olive oil or vegetable oil and add it to the marinade.
4.Mint and cilantro quantity is equal to one handful amount.
5.Chironji or charoli is a nut that can be found in any Indian grocery store.

Dum ka chciken