Lemon Quinoa (Rice)

Navaratri celebrations are going on. During these 10 days we make variety of dishes to offer to god. With hectic schedule it is not possible to cook elaborated dishes like Vadas, Boorelu on weekday. So I kept my creative hat and made this healthy lemon rice. Instead of rice I used quinoa.


2 cups of quinoa
lemon juice from 2 lemons
5-6 Green chilies (slit length wise)
2-3 Red Chillies
1tbsp Chana Dal
1tbsp cashews, peanuts(optional)
1tbsp Urad Dal
1tbsp Mustard Seeds
1/4tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tbsp Oil
1/2 piece Ginger finely chopped
1/2tsp turmeric powder
curry leaves
pinch of asafoetida/hing
Salt to taste


Cook quinoa along with turmeric powder and 1 tsp oil(Oil helps quinoa to be fluffy without sticking to the bottom) either in microwave or in a pan(1 cup of quinoa needs 1-3/4 cups of water to cook). Let quinoa cool down.

In a separate pan add oil once the oil is hot, add hing/asafoetida, mustard seeds, Chana Dal, Urad Dal,Cashews and Peanuts. Once dals/lentils turn golden color add the red chilies, green chilies, curry leaves, ginger. Cook for 2 mts and turn off the heat. Transfer tampering mixture to cooked quinoa. Mix well and adjust spices.

Spicy and sour rice is ready to be served.


  1. Healthy lemon quinoa, simply inviting..

  2. Yummy healthy recipe...lovely color..

  3. I love quinoa and started cooking with it recently, so got to give this a try :)

  4. When do we actually add Lemon juice. Procedure doesn't say that. Is it after adding Ginger ?