Mar 282012

After I started my blog, my family was so excited and they encouraged me with ideas and recipes for the blog. I’m not surprised by their enthusiasm, appreciation, and wishes for my entry in to the blogging world and I’m very thankful to be surrounded by so many well wishers. What surprises me most is getting this recipe idea from my father-in-law. From the time I got married I haven’t seen him cook, but they say you don’t have to be a cook to appreciate food. I eat quinoa daily as I substitute this whole grain for rice. I also cook quinoa for my father-in-law when he visits us because he is diabetic and quinoa is supposed to regulate your blood sugar level. Now that my mother-in-law is strictly patrolling his intake of sweets, he must have gotten the idea of making quinoa kesari so that he’ll be allowed some on the pretext of been made with whole grain. I’ve been wanting to honor his request but didn’t get a chance to do it till now, my Day 6, BM#14. I added pineapple to this quinoa kesari and my family just loved it. My father-in-law has to enjoy this dish through the blog for now until we meet again. I made very little because my kids and hubby are not sweet eaters at all, so this recipe will yield a small cup, if you need to make more, please feel free to increase the proportions accordingly.



Quinoa –1/4 cup

Sugar –1/2 cup

Pineapple chunks (fresh/canned) — 1/4 cup (cut in to bits)

Cardamom powder — 1/8 tsp

Roasted Cashew nuts — 5 nos

Saffron strands — few (optional)

Kesari powder — a pinch

Water –1/2 cup for cooking quinoa and 1/4 cup for cooking pineapple.


1. Wash and rinse quinoa. Cook quinoa either in a sauce pot or pressure cooker similar to cooking rice. The proportion of quinoa to water is 1:2. After cooking the quinoa you will have 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa. Keep this aside.

2. In a kadai, add pineapple and 1/4 cup of water. Cover and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Now add sugar and let it melt. Once the sugar turns in to a syrup, add quinoa, cardamon powder, kesari powder, saffron strands, if using, and stir. Keep stirring till the quinoa thickens. Add roasted cashewnuts on top. Enjoy!!!



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  27 Responses to “Pineapple Quinoa Kesari”

  1. looks very attractive n healthy!

  2. Thanks I dont have quinoa but I have dalia. My friend has told me to bring kesari but I have not. I will make this as for pineapple well how abt the crush? πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Archana. I guess you can use crush, in that case reduce the quantity or else pineapple will overpower the taste.

  3. such a brilliant idea, Jayanthi! Should try it soon.

  4. love pineapple flavor in anything!

  5. Lovely combo and nice thought

  6. Wow that really looks yum ..:)

  7. Good. Your FIL can have a bit of this when he visits you next πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Jayanthi, first time here. I loved your version of Kesari made with a Quinoa, very healthy option too. Drop in and check out my space and events I conduct, whenever time permits.



  9. Never had quinoa but like pineapple kesari your version looks great.

  10. this looks nice.. u can hardly make out its quinoa, until you really tell them it is :).. i am sure ur FIL must be drooling :D.. do u quinoa in India??

    • Thanks Rasi, I don’t think they get the white variety but the red one seems to be available but not in every store may be a specialty store.

  11. interesting combo…looks delicious

  12. I did not have pineapple. But tried regular Kesari with Quinoa. It came very good and everyone liked at home.

  13. Thanks Radha, glad you all liked it…

  14. What a fantastic idea! Very Innovative!

  15. It tasted awesome. in case you are wondering what the kesari with pineapple crush. Thanks a lot dear.

  16. Looks delicious.I am looking for Quinoa here but not able to find it…

  17. Nice idea with Quinoa.. I make this usually with Sooji ! lovely colour too πŸ™‚

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