Perfect quinoa

Perfect quinoa


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About this recipe: Quinoa is cooked together with onion, garlic, green pepper and passata. The resulting dish is deliciously flavoursome and can be served as a light lunch or a side dish.


Serves: 8 

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 190g uncooked quinoa
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 225g passata
  • 550ml water
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the quinoa, onion, garlic and green pepper. Cook and stir 5 to 10 minutes until the onion is tender and the quinoa has lightly toasted. Stir in the passata and water, then season with the chilli powder, garlic granules and cumin. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Stir the quinoa occasionally as it cooks.

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Reviews (4)


Something else. I didn't have passata so I just blended the same amount of chopped tomatoes and added sunflower seeds to the leftovers the next day and that extra texture was lovely. Also I don't think it needed 30 mins. 20-25 mins after the boil was enough. - 26 Apr 2011


I had quinoa in my press for ages after hearing you could make a lovely porridge with it for breakfast - it wasn't! Anyway I tried this recipe and I can now say I will be using the rest of my quinoa. It was so much nicer in a savoury recipe and as I love anything tomatoey and spicy, this was perfect. I added some sunflower seeds to the leftovers the next day and that extra bit of texture was lovely. - 26 Apr 2011


This has become a favourite now, on its own as a lunch bowl or as an accompaniment x love it x tweaked only by halving ingredients and using a full teaspoon of garlic granules and cumin 👍🏼 - 26 Jul 2016

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