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Lemon quinoa recipe

Lemon quinoa recipe south indian style quinoa with lemon.
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Author Sharmilee J


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 lemon
  • a tiny pinch hing
  • salt to taste

To temper:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 red chilli
  • 10 nos curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ginger chopped


  • Measure and take quinoa in a bowl, rinse it well.Drain.
  • Add 1/2 tsp oil in a sauce pan, add drained quinoa and toast for a minute.Then add 1 cup water and start cooking.Simmer the flame and cook covered for 15-20 mins.
  • You will see a small tail coming out and quinoa should have absorbed all the water.After 20 mins switch off and set aside for 10 mins.Then open and fluff it up.
  • Soak chana dal for 15 mins, drain and set aside.Get ready with the other ingredients.Heat oil in a pan - add mustard seeds, red chillies and curry leaves.Let it crackle.Fry for few seconds.
  • Then add chana dal fry until golden, then add salt,hing and turmeric powder saute for 2 mins then switch off. Set aside to cool down.
  • Then add lemon juice and quinoa, toss it well.


  • I didn't add salt while cooking quinoa,if you want you can add it.
  • If you like garlic then add 2 finely chopped garlic along with tempering items.