Quinoa pilaf with carrots and raisins

    35 min

    This is a sweet and spicy quinoa recipe that's very versatile. It works well as a vegetarian main served hot, as a side dish or even as a lunchtime salad served cold.

    34 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 carrots, grated
    • 200g raisins or sultanas
    • 1 tablespoon mixed spice
    • 250g quinoa
    • 35g chopped coriander
    • 350ml orange juice
    • 350ml water
    • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, carrots, raisins and mixed spice until onion becomes golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in quinoa and coriander and allow to toast for a few minutes. Pour orange juice and water in and stir well, bringing to the boil. Reduce heat cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, then add walnuts. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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    Very good, I'm on weight watchers so I modified the recipe some to start. I cut out the olive oil completely! Sprayed my pan with some olive oil spray and fried the veggies, poured the dry quinoa on top and sprayed it then stirred, then added the juice/water. I had no walnuts so i toasted pecans instead, they were perfect! I used half the amount of raisins and still though they were a bit much. Next time I will cut back some more and add extra spice 1Tbsp was not enough for us. All in all, excellent!  -  09 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I followed the advice in other reviews and omitted the cilantro (my husband hates), and halved the pumpkin pie spice. It was a big hit at a church gathering, especially with the vegetarians in the group. I didn't have walnuts, but would add them next time, it would take it up a notch. Be prepared for your house to smell wonderful as an added bonus!  -  05 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is very good. Very flavorful! I omitted the onion (because I'm breastfeeding) and the cilantro (I'm not a fan). It still was fabulous!  -  26 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)