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Quinoa Pulao with Loaded Vegetables

Recipe for Quinoa Pulao with Loaded Vegetables. This is a vegan and a gluten free recipe. Recipe with step by step pictures and video.

  • Total Time: 40m
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the Masala Paste for Quinoa Pulao

2 cloves
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 cardamom
1/2 inch cinnamon
1 pod garlic
1 inch piece ginger
3 green chillies
1/4 cup water

Other Ingredients for Quinoa Pulao

1.5 cups quinoa
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 bay leaves
1 star anise
1 cup onions finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup coriander leaves, chopped
4 cups mixed vegetables
1 cup coconut milk
1.5 cups water
1 lime – juiced


Wash and soak the quinoa just before starting to cook.

Add all the ingredients listed under masala paste to a small mixie. Grind everything to a smooth paste. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add in the bay leaves and star anise. Roast in oil for a few seconds till it becomes aromatic. Add in the finely chopped onions and the salt. Saute till the onions are soft and starting to brown. Add in the tomatoes and the masala paste. Cook until the tomatoes are mushy. Add in the mint leaves and coriander leaves. Saute for a minute till the leaves are wilted.

Add in the veggies of your choice. I have loaded the pulao with about four cups of vegetables. You can add less if you prefer it that way. Add in the coconut milk and water. We need a total of about 2.5 cups of liquid for the recipe. I have used 1.5 cups of quinoa.

Add in the lime juice. Let the mixture come to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add in the drained quinoa. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles. Approximately about 7-8 minutes on medium flame. After the time, remove from heat and allow the pressure to settle. Wait for about 20 minutes before opening.

Healthy and wholesome quinoa pulao loaded with vegetables is ready. You do not require anything else. This itself is a one pot complete meal. If you are feeling fancy, you can fry up some eggs and serve on the side.

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 30m

Keywords: quinoa pulao