Quinoa Payasam

Q is one such difficult letter to find out a Tamil recipe so decided to use a clause quick.But somehow I was not comfortable to use the clause.Finally made up my mind to use Quinoa and make payasam.
Since quinoa is not an Indian/Tamil ingredient,I added some moong dhal along with it.Also the addition of moong dhal makes the payasam more rich and tasty.
Couple of months back I made  payasam only with quinoa and regular milk with sugar.My son who loves sweet gave me a weird reaction after eating the sweet..But after making it along with moong dhal,everybody liked it.I made this payasam for the Tamil New Year,last week.Off to the recipe........

                                                         Quinoa Payasam

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 3



3 tbs
Moong dhal/paasiparuppu
2 tbs 
1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk
1/2 cup
2 tbs(broken)
Coconut (finely chopped)
1 tbs
Cardamom powder/ellakai podi
1/8 tsp
a pinch
2 tsp

  • Dry roast both the quinoa and moong dhal separately till golden or a nice aroma comes out.Pressure cook together with enough water for 3-4 whistles in a medium flame .Meanwhile melt the jaggery with water and pass it through a strainer and keep it aside.
  • After the pressure subsides take the cooked quinoa and moong dhal in a pan and keep it on a flame.To this add the melted jaggery and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.Now add in the thick coconut milk.
  • Let it cook for one boil.Now in a separate pan fry the cashwes and coconut bits in a ghee till golden.Add the cardamom powder and fried cashews to the payasam.Mix it well and put off the flame.
  • Serve it hot or cold.

  • The amount of jaggery given was  just perfect for us,it can be increased or decreased.
  • After adding coconut milk do not boil the payasam for long time.


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same pinch on the ingredient : Quinoa :)) this payasam looks sooooo good :)

Quinoa payasam with moong dal looks divine. I still haven't opened up quinoa yet. Seeing all your recipes, I am tempted to cook with this humble ingredient more often.

Wow I love the texture you got on your payasam...guess moong dal makes it very creamy..beautiful presentation Nalini..

Quinoa is the king today.. :-) Same pinch I posted quinoa recipe too. Quinoa payasam is very nice.

Quinoa is a nice addition to the paruppu payasam. Yours looks heavenly..

I can understand your kid's reaction. I have noticed that you either hate it or learn to like the taste because of the health benefits. I am the only one in my family who enjoys it. ☺
Adding quinoa to Indian sweet dishes is one way to get the family involved. The quinoa keep looks yummy.

First time I made a sweet preparation with quinoa, I had the same weird reaction. I didn't try it again :-) Your version with moong dal sounds amazing.

I never used quinoa in a sweet dish, your payasam looks rich and flavorful. Have to try it.

Very beautiful payasam, the addition of moongdal makes this payasam more interesting and delicious.

This kheer looks fantastic. Using coconut milk instead of the regular milk definitely improves the taste quotient :)

Same pinch!! I used quinoa too, in a different way though. I loved the way you used it in a payasam. Lovely pick for the letter!!

Quiona payasam looks so delicious.Love the clicks Nalini.

like the fusion recipe you created with this challenging letter - I have made breakfast porridge with quinoa and I am sure this was just as delish

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