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Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf (Pulav)

Quinoa vegetable pilaf is a protein rich, gluten free and delicious dish. It is quick and easy to make. This can be served as a main dish or side dish.

Recipe will serve 2-4

Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf (Pulav)Ingredients:

For quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1-1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of turmeric

For vegetables

  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup carrot cut in small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced ginger
  • 1 green chili minced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1 1ablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 3/4 cup tomato chopped for garnishing


  1. Wash quinoa gently changing water several times.
  2. In a sauce pan combine quinoa, water, oil, salt and turmeric. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed. This should take about 15 minutes.
  3. While quinoa is cooking heat the oil in other saucepan over medium heat, Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away oil is ready.
  4. Add the cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and bay leave, as seeds crack add all the vegetables, carrot, corn, green peas, ginger, green pepper, and salt.
  5. Let the vegetable cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender but firm.
  6. Turn off the heat. Add quinoa to the mix of vegetable and gently fold it.
  7. Finish off by adding lemon juice and tomatoes.

Enjoy this nutritious, nutty and colorful dish!


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24 thoughts on “Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf (Pulav)

  1. hi manjula maam,
    recipe looks great ….. am cooking this right now….loved those cooking wok/vessels you have used in this video,where did you buy them? can you post the details? is it calphalon? thanks!
    waiting for your reply…:)

  2. Thank you so much for what you do!!! I love to come here and get new things to make my family. You truly are my hero!
    I have a quick question. Are the vegetables in the quinoa dish frozen or fresh? Just want to make sure I get the right ones.
    Thanks again, your the best!!!

    p.s. got up the nerve to make the naan and it was to die for…….bought a pizza stone just for that purpose and it was worth it.

  3. I’m going to try this tomorrow morning 🙂 It looks delicious, and I’m always looking for ways to reduce rice (carbs) intake, and increase protein intake. Thank you Aunty for this great recipe.

    1. It is actually a kind of seed. It comes from South America. You can use it like rice, or instead of rice, such as in this recipe. It doesn’t have any gluten (as far as I’m aware, I could be wrong). To me it tastes less flavourful than rice, but not a bad taste when you get used to the difference.

  4. Hello Madam ! i am a regular viewer of your mails & a big fan of yours. I have tried many of your dishes but this time i am in a fix,reason being that i am not aware of this grain”QUINOA”. I tried to find out it”s hindi name but unfortunately couldn’t do so . As far as it’s image is concerned it looks like Jowar. I reside in Rohini{Delhi} and thus want to know as to where can i get this ? any idea? Is there any substitute of Quinoa like-wheat daliya.
    I recently got some KARAUNDAS & tried your recipe{Karaunda Pickle} and it turned out yummmmmmm.{my mouth is still watering}. Can you post recipe of making ‘KARAUNDA JAM AND JELLY” both seperately on my e-mail.Hope to hear from you soon.

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