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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