Cook's Hideout: Quinoa khichdi with Peanuts (Sabudhana Khichdi Style)

January 03, 2015

Quinoa khichdi with Peanuts (Sabudhana Khichdi Style)

Blogging Marathon# 48: Week 1/ Day 1
Theme: Nashta Time
Dish: Quinoa Palli Upma
We are starting a brand new edition of 'Blogging marathon' for this year today and my theme for this week is 'Nashta/ Tiffin Time'. Nashta is a hindi word that can mean breakfast or an evening snack. To me, it is a light meal taken either in the morning or in the evening to sustain you until lunch.
Quinoa khichdi with Peanuts
For the first day, I made quinoa upma with peanuts and potato. Recipe is adapted from Vegetable Platter. This dish is made almost like sabudana upma, but uses quinoa instead of sabudana/ sago/ tapioca pearls. Adding coarsely ground peanuts and boiled potato make it taste very much like the original sabudana khichdi.

Quinoa khichdi with Peanuts
Recipe adapted from here:
Ingredients: Serves 3~4
Quinoa - 1cup
Potato - 1 medium, boiled and diced
Roasted Peanuts - 3tbsp, coarsely ground
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Green Chilies - 2, slit
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Dry Red Chili - 1~2
Curry leaves - 8~10
Lemon/ Lime juice - 1tbsp (optional)
Salt - to taste

  • Combine quinoa and 2cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and cook covered for 18~20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked through. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, add mustard and cumin seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter, add the dry red chili and curry leaves. Next add onions and green chilies, saute till onions turn translucent.
  • Next add the potato and cook for 2~3 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked quinoa, salt and lemon juice (if using). Mix well and cook for 3~4 minutes.
  • Finally add the ground peanuts, mix well and turn off the heat. Serve hot with a pickle on the side, if desired.
Quinoa khichdi with Peanuts (Sabudhana Khichdi Style)
Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 48.


  1. That bowl looks so perfect! Love to cook quinoa this way....Thanks for the recipe :)

  2. This one such healthy upma..sounds delicious and filling.

  3. What a wonderful n healthy way to use quinoa. Definitely making this soon..

  4. Using quinoa in khichadi instead of sabudana is a great idea. No fans of quinoa in my house but I should try it for myself.

  5. Quino khichdi looks delicious and lovely presentation.

  6. Lovely healthy twist to the usual khichdi, that bowl of quinoa khichdi is just inviting me..

  7. Wow that is deceptive:)).. looks fantastic Pavani.

  8. health meets taste!!! that is amazing!!

  9. I never taste quinoa but it looks like sabudana in this dish nice recipe beautiful presentation

  10. Quinoa is perfectly cooked. I struggle with it always. yummm

  11. Wow I had seen the pic on FB but could not comment as I was in a class. Now I am drooling to my hearts content.

  12. This is looking awesome wish you could pass this bowl to me.

  13. A very healthy bowl..Looks so fantastic. Beautiful clicks!!

  14. Wow! the presentation is simply superb. Can't take my eyes off the pictures!!

  15. Pictures are so lovely Pavani..what a wonderful way to start!..


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