Quinoa Poha | Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf in Instant Pot

Quinoa Poha- a healthy twist to the most popular breakfast in India, where we use Quinoa instead of flattened rice, by Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

Sweet, spicy, lemony and hearty, that’s how I would describe this Quinoa Poha!  Poha is a popular vegetarian Indian breakfast recipe.  This breakfast staple from the state of Maharashtra (western India), is traditionally made with flattened dry rice, called Poha.  The flattened rice is rinsed with water a few times to rehydrate it and then cooked with potatoes, plenty of onions, peanuts and warn Indian spices.

Using Quinoa Instead of Flattened Rice

In this recipe, I substituted flattened rice (poha) with Quinoa.  Quinoa, which is actually a seed, adds protein and fiber to this already nutritious dish.   Quinoa contains all the eight essential amino acids that a body needs.  A cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of protein and quinoa is gluten-free, which appeals to many people with gluten intolerance.

A simple seasoning of mustard seeds, curry leaves and a few basic Indian spices, makes it ideal for breakfast or a quick snack.  I personally prefer cashews in this recipe , but you can add peanuts or almonds too.  I finish this dish with chopped cilantro, a dash of sugar and a squeeze of lime.  My kids are huge Poha fans, so the real test in my house was when I served the Quinoa Poha to them.  They absolutely loved it and took it for lunch the next day!

Quinoa Poha- a healthy twist to the most popular breakfast in India, where we use Quinoa instead of flattened rice, by Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

Stove-Top Recipe:

In the video recipe, I adapted this easy Indian breakfast recipe to the Instant Pot, but you can easily make it on the stove-top as well.

  1. Slice onion, peel and cube potatoes, grate or finely chop ginger. Rinse the quinoa in a mesh sieve, it removes the bitter coating on the quinoa beads.
  2. Heat a sauce pan on medium-high heat.  When it’s hot, add oil and mustard seeds. When mustard start spluttering, add grated ginger, onions, green chili, cubed potatoes and curry leaves. Saute for 1 minute. Add cashews, all dry spices, quinoa, water as per your quinoa brand directions, and ketchup. (I usually add 1 cup water for 1/2 cup quinoa). Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Open lid and add peas, cover and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes in the pan. Fluff with a fork. Garnish with cilantro, sugar and lime. Serve warm. (You may need to adjust the cooking time based on your brand of quinoa.)

Another Tasty Vegetarian Indian Breakfast Recipe

If you are looking for another Indian breakfast idea, try this Instant Pot Rava Idli, which is another recipe that my kids love.   These are little bites that are perfect for breakfast or as a snack for school.

Instant Pot Rava Idli, savory steamed semolina cakes by Spice Cravings. These idlis made with rava, with mixed in corn, peas, carrots, and cashews. These rava idlis are soft and spongy and a real favorite with my kids. Made with semolina flour called Rava, this dish is a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast dish called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Instant Pot Rava Idli Recipe

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Quinoa Poha | Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf in Instant Pot

Quinoa Poha: Poha is a popular Indian vegetarian breakfast and snack recipe.  By using Quinoa instead of flattened rice (poha), I added protein and fiber to this already nutritious dish.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Spice Cravings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa rinsed in a mesh sieve
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated or chopped fine (or 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder)
  • 1 small onion sliced thin (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 medium gold potato cubed into 1/4 inch pieces (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 green chilies optional
  • 6 curry leaves or 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup optional, but highly recommended

Garnish

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice : half a lime

Instructions

  • Prep the ingredients: Slice onion, peel and cube potatoes, grate or finely chop ginger. Rinse the quinoa in a mesh sieve, it removes the bitter coating on the quinoa beads. 
  • Turn Instant Pot on Sauté. When it's hot, add oil and mustard seeds. When mustard start spluttering, add grated ginger, onions, green chili, cubed potatoes and curry leaves. Saute for 1 minute.
  • Add cashews, all dry spices, frozen peas, quinoa, water and ketchup. Stir well. Close lid. Set valve to 'Sealing' mode. Cook on MANUAL (High) for 1 minute. For a softer quinoa, cook for 2 minutes on the same setting.
  • Open lid after natural pressure release or quick release after 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add chopped cilantro, sugar (optional) and lime juice. Stir with the fork and serve warm.

Stove top recipe

  • Slice onion, peel and cube potatoes, grate or finely chop ginger. Rinse the quinoa in a mesh sieve, it removes the bitter coating on the quinoa beads.
  • Heat a sauce pan on medium-high heat. When it's hot, add oil and mustard seeds. When mustard start spluttering, add grated ginger, onions, green chili, cubed potatoes and curry leaves. Saute for 1 minute. Add cashews, all dry spices, quinoa, water as per your quinoa brand directions, and ketchup. (I usually add 1 cup water for 1/2 cup quinoa). Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Open lid and add peas, cover and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes in the pan. Fluff with a fork. Garnish with cilantro, sugar and lime. Serve warm. (You may need to adjust the cooking time based on your brand of quinoa.)

Video

Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
 
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7.5% | Vitamin C: 67.3% | Calcium: 3.3% | Iron: 10.8%
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
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