Curried Veggie Quinoa Bowl


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I love making one dish meals since they are so easy and I don’t have to make multiple side dishes.  It’s hard to resist make such dishes especially when they are packed with spices and flavor.  Even though I have posted a few Quinoa dishes earlier, this time I wanted to make some thing that gives a sharp taste to my palates after all Quinoa is quite bland.  Recently I came across this recipe from a Good House Keeping magazine.  The original recipe included greek yogurt and curry powder but not the curry paste.  To make this a vegan dish, I omitted the yogurt part and added a south Indian curry paste which gave the best flavor I can ever find.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 7 oz tofu
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 tablespoon curry paste (any south Indian or Madras curry paste.  These curry pastes have cream of coconut instead of diary)
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Salt

Method:

  • Cook quinoa
  • Wash and peel carrots.  Split them into half and then cut them into 1/4 inch thick pieces.
  • Wash and snip off the ends of green beans.  Cut them into 1 inch pieces (that yields 1 cup)
  • Break cauliflower into small florets (which yields 2 cups)
  • Steam the above vegetables for about 7-8 minutes and set aside
  • Drain tofu and roast in a pre heated oven (400 F) for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add oil to a skillet and add onion and saute until translucent.
  • Add chopped garlic, ginger, and cashews and saute for about 3 minutes.  Add steamed vegetables, tofu and curry paste and cook cook on low flame for about 2-3 minutes until the curry paste is fully mixed with vegetables.
  • Add cooked quinoa and mix well and season with salt.  Garnish with cilantro leaves

Yields: about 3 main dishes

Source: Adapted and modified from Vegetable Quinoa Curry from Good House Keeping website

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