Mar 17, 2013

Bisi Bele Quinoa (Quinoa Lentil Porridge)

Quinoa, as I have read, is an excellent source of protein, fiber, iron, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids making it a super-food. I have tried to incorporate this superfood into our dietary routing with the Quinoa Pulav.

Since lentils are also important in the daily diet, I decided to mix the two and discovered a very tasty dish.

Quinoa Lentil Porridge

Servings: 3 cups
Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 15 mins


1 1/2 cups Quinoa
6 1/2 cups Water
1 cup Toor Dal
1 cup Veggies of your choice (I used Snap Peas and Parsnips)
1 medium Onion
1 medium Tomato
Bisi Bele Powder
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Jeera
Curry leaves
2 Red Chillies
Salt to Taste


  1. Cut the onion and tomato into 1 inch pieces and set aside. 
  2. Wash quinoa thoroughly under running water. I do this atleast 6 times to get rid of dirt and any smell thereafter. 
  3. Pressure cook quinoa with 3 cups of water. Set aside. 
  4. Wash Toor dal thoroughly under running water. (I do this 3 times)
  5. Pressure cook the lentil along with the veggies (except Onion and Tomato) with 2 cups water
  6. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and add mustard seeds to it
  7. When the mustard splutters, add jeera, curry leaves and red chillies
  8. Now add cut onion and sautee till transluscent. 
  9. To this add the cooked dal and veggies with some water and bring to a boil. 
  10. Add the bisi bele powder, tomato and salt and continue to cook.
  11. Finally stir in the cooked quinoa and bring to a boil. Add additional water as required to desired consistency. 
  12. Garnish with chopped coriander.
  13. Serve hot. 

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