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quinoa upma
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Quinoa upma recipe

Quinoa upma is the best way to start with including quinoa in your diet to suit Indian taste buds. It is simple and easy to prepare for breakfast.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 1


  • ½ cup Quinoa
  • 1 Onion small
  • 1 tomato small
  • 3 green chilli
  • 1 tablespoon carrot chopped
  • 1 tablespoon green peas
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil virgin
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt

To temper

  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil virgin
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal
  • 2 teaspoon Chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves


  • Wash and soak quinoa until you prepare the ingredients. Use metal strainer to wash and drain easily.
  • Heat a pan with oil, and splutter mustard. Add urad dal, chana dal and give it a stir.
  • In goes ginger, green chilli and curry leaves. Follow by adding onion, carrot, peas.
  • Stir fry for a minute and add chopped tomato. Cook for a minute.
  • After that, add washed, drained quinoa. Roast for a minute.
  • Add salt and water (I add hot water). Bring to boil and cook covered in medium flame for 10 mins.
  • Again give it a mix and cook in low flame for another 10 mins.
  • Once done, fluff and drizzle coconut oil and serve.


  • Washing Quinoa is very important and always use metal strainer as quinoa is light grain, it will easily flow into drain.
  • Adding ginger adds good flavour to upma, suppressing the nutty flavour.
  • If you want upma on softer side, add ¼ cup more water.