Quinoa is one of the most popular health foods, some even call it a super food. I like it because its easy to cook, is very versatile as it has little taste of its own so blends well with all recipes, and it is among the few foods that have all the essential amino acids, making it one of the richest sources of protein.
Earlier considered a food of the west, Quinoa is now available in all major Indian cities as well. There is no Hindi name for it because it is not an Indian crop but you can easily find it at supermarkets such as Godrej Nature’s Basket, Food Hall, Hypercity, Big Basket, Needs or even at your local grocery store.
Though there are several ways to enjoy Quinoa, one of my favorites is this cold salad.
It is very easy to make, very filling and absolutely delicious. You need cooked quinoa which should be at least room temperature if not cold. Add to it chopped veggies of your choice – onion, cucumber, tomatoes (discard seeds or use berry tomatoes), bell peppers, coriander leaves, mint leaves, lettuce, sweet corn, baby spinach. Add them all or add whatever you have in your kitchen. Add a little salt*, chat masala, sprinkle generously with lemon juice and toss it all together. You can add finely chopped green chillies to add some zing to it.
*Be careful while adding salt. I feel Quinoa is something that needs little salt so keep it on the lower side.