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Quinoa : recipes of the greatest pseudocereal

One of the most praised and followed cereal from the amaranth family , quinoa comes with n number of health benefits and here is a closer look at its benefits and a few fun recipes!

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Janhavi Bardale
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Quinoa (Keen-wah): A nutritious and healthy superfood

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Quinoa is a pseudocereal that belongs to the Amaranth family. Not only does it offer many nutritional and health but is rich in protein , fiber and antioxidants as well. Experts have confirmed that it also offers the following health benifits: 

  1. It manages and completes the manganese requirements in the human body.
  2. A good intake of quinoa can prove to be a good source of protein.
  3. It is high in fibre which ultimately reduces the risk of cholestrol , constipation and high blood sugar levels.
  4. It is one of the most highly consumed source of plant based protein.
  5. It is a good source of the plant compounds like Quercetin and Kaempferol which act as sheilds against various infections in the body. 
Quinoa (Keen-wah): A nutritious and healthy superfood
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Quinoa recipes for you to try right now!

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1. Quinoa Khichdi 

One of the best options for a lazy day when you don't want to do too much while cooking but also don't want to eat unhealthy. Get a pressure cooker and add in your quinoa , lentils of choice , little spices and a spoonful of ghee. This turns out to be a great recipe that is easy to digest and a protein packed comfort food.

2. Quinoa Dosa 

Quinoa dosa is a great way to add a healthy twist to the authentic south indian dosa. This recipe requires no fermentation as it only takes quinoa , rolled oats , urad dal , chana dal , and methi seeds. Soak the batter for a few hours and grind it till smooth. Add in salt and spread it on the pan like you do for a normal dosa , also remember to smear it with a little bit of oil to make it crispier.

3. Quinoa Kheer 

For everyone who has a a sweet tooth and also wants to eat healthy at the same time , this is a great recipe for you! The recipe is super simple to follow , add soaked quinoa , milk , sugar and condensed milk in a saucepan till it is mushy. You can add spices like cloves , cardamom and saffron to enhance the flavor of the kheer and there you go , your quinoa pudding is ready.

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4. Indian Quinoa salad 

Boil a cup of quinoa and let it soften. Cool down the bolied quinoa and add finely chopped carrots , cucumber , beetroot , tomato , and green chillies on preference. This is the simplest quinoa recipe that you can make in minutes and is also extremely fulfilling and easy to make. 

Quinoa Health Benefits and Advantages

Quinoa is like a one stop shop in the store of nutrients. One can find carbs , protein , antioxidants and essential amino acids at one single place and that too easily. It is called a superfood for a reason! It provides benifits like: 

  1. it is gluten free and people who are celiac sensitive have no better option than quinoa for a fulfilling meal.
  2. it is high in fibre and minerals like iron , magnesium , phosphorus , manganese , zinc and etc.
  3. it is great to improve gut health as it looks after your gastrointenstinal tract and enhances the growth of benificial bacteria.

So if you are looking for a food that is an all rounder that is , is sufficient for all your daily requirements and meets all your nutrient requirements , you have got your jam! Quinoa is what you must be looking for from now on in your5 nearest supermarkets!

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