Lemon Quinoa/Quinoa Lemon Pulihora

Quinoa is a gluten free grain(technically seed) contains 14 grams of protein /100 gms.This seed can be cooked same like rice and its a great substitute.

Now a days,I make most of the rice dishes with quinoa and one such frequently made is lemon quinoa.

Its so simple and tastes excellent when it pairs up with simple potato fry or chips.I also added some fresh green peas which gives a nice crunch and taste.

                                   Lemon Quinoa/Quinoa Lemon Pulihora

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 2(generously)


3/4 cup
Fresh green peas/pachai pattani
2-3 tbs
Curry leaves/karivepillai
a sprig
Coriander leavesas needed
Lemon juice1 tbs
Green chilly(finely chopped)3-4
Grated coconut(optional)1 tsp(for garnish)
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil1 tbs

  For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu
1 tsp
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu
1.5 tsp
Channa dhal/kadalaparuppu
2 tsp 
Roasted peanuts
2 tbs
Red chilly/varamilagai(broken)
a pinch
  • Wash and rinse the quinoa couple of times in water and keep it aside.
  • Now heat 1.5 cups of water in a sauce pan with a pinch of salt and a tsp of oil.Once the water boiled add in the washed quinoa and cook it in a medium flame,till the sprout strings are visible.Keep it on the flame till the moisture evaporates.Fluff it with a fork and set it aside.
  •  Meanwhile in a pan take the oil  and do the tempering with mustard seeds,channa dhal and urad dhal.Add in the red chilly,green chilly and curry leaves.Add the roasted peanuts and asafoetida,fry it for a 30 seconds.
  • Add in the green peas and saute it for a minute.Add in,turmeric powder and salt,mix it for a minute.
  • At this stage add in the cooked quinoa and mix it well.Let it be on the flame for a minute,put off the flame.Add in the lemon juice and coriander leaves,mix it well.
  • Serve it with potato fry .

  • Wash and rinse the quinoa for at least couple of times in water to prevent bitter taste.
  • Cook with 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of quinoa.If needed add the hot water and cook the quinoa and the amount of water depends on the quality of the grain.


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Quinoa is a perfect Protein , I have used it only in salads , and am yet to try other varieties with it . The Lemon Quinoa is a wonderful pick , and you have cooked and presented it so well .

Love how perfectly the quinoa has been cooked and lemon quinoa is definitely a great pick!!

I have a packet of quinoa and ni ideas. This looks like the perfect one to start with. Yum

This is great way to start using my quinoa packet. Love it and will keep me out of the kitchen for some time.

Your closeup pictures are seriously killing me Nalini...so stunningly shot and such an awesome recipe!..very good one..

I.m drooling, seriously my mouth is watering. I love lemon rice so I'm sure I'll love this lemon quinoa. What a wonderful idea.

The lemon quinoa looks so tempting. The pictures are so beautifully captured Nalini.

That is a nice protein rich twist to the normal lemon rice. And the addition of green peas add to the colour and flavour. Beautiful presentation..

Healthy twist to your classic traditional lemon pulihora, fantastic dish and love the addition of peas there. Irresistible dish.

nice twist to the lemon rice. I think after all these BMs, quinoa will be more popular than rice esp in south indian families :-)

the whole set-up looks too good. Loved the addition of peas in lemon-quinoa.

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