Veg Quinoa Biryani

Dietician Amit Shah


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup mixed vegetables mix of peas, carrot, beans, and cauliflower. You can use any vegetable of your choice.
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 big onion sliced thin
  • 1 small tomato chopped roughly
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 and 3/4 cups water
  • salt to taste

To temper:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1 half inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 no clove
  • 1 no cardamom
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1 green chilli sliced horizontally


  • Soak quinoa for 10 mins, Rinse well at least twice then drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil + ghee in a pan - add cinnamon, cloves, bayleaf, cardamom and green chillies. Give a quick sauté. Then add onion, sauté till transparent.
  • Then add tomato, along with salt and garam masala powder sauté till it becomes mushy. Then add mint leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Sauté till it shrinks. Then add rinsed and drained vegetables. Give a quick sauté.
  • Cook covered for 5mins or until the veggies are slightly soft. Open sauté then add quinoa, give a quick mix.
  • Add coconut milk, water then bring to a boil in medium flame.
  • Cook covered for 10 mins in low flame(sim).Open then fluff it up. It may look moist and sticky after it cools down will become grain separated.
  • Serve hot with onion raita!