Easy Quinoa Pulihora (Lemon Quinoa with roasted sesame seed powder)

Quinoa (Keen-wah) is a gluten free grain that has been popular over last few years for it protein content and some of the vital nutrients. I don’t think there is an Indian name for quinoa. But you can try to buy online in India.I am trying to cook up Indian quinoa recipes that suit our palates.Today i made quick,easy,tangy and tasty lemon quinoa pulihora.This is an alternative for rice lovers and weight watchers.

 Prep time:5 mins
Cook time:15 mins
 Yields : 2

1 cup Quinoa
Cooking instruction for quinoa

  • Cook with 2 cups of water,pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of oil in a pan until it is fluffy and set aside when done. 
  • Note:It cooks easily in 15 to 20 mins.

1 lemon (Squeeze the lemon juice and set aside)

1 tbsp of peanuts

11/2 tsp of roasted sesame powder(dry roast and make it into a powder)

2 green chilies cut lengthwise(optional if you don’t want it to be spicy)

1 spring of  curry leaves(this add a nice flavor)

salt to taste

For Seasoning(This add the crunch to the quinoa)

1/2 tsp of mustard seeds

1/2 tsp of urad dal

1/2 tsp of chanadal

1/2 tsp of turmeric

pinch of hing

oil for seasoning


  1. Heat a pan with oil on low flame and add mustard seeds allow them to splutter ,then add urad dal,chana dal,hing,peanuts roast them until they turn brown.
  2. Now add green chilies,turmeric,curry leaves and allow them to fry for half a minute.
  3. Then add this mixture to the cooked quinoa at the same time add lemon juice,salt to taste,roasted sesame powder and mix well till everything is incorporated well.
  4. Enjoy the tangy lemon quinoa as is or with a dollop of yogurt.


  • If Quinoa is not available you can use the same procedure for rice  or cracked wheat.

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