Cook's Hideout: Quinoa Pulihora (Lemon Quinoa)

December 08, 2009

Quinoa Pulihora (Lemon Quinoa)

After seeing a huge number of Indianized recipes made with Quinoa by the talented chefs at A2Zvegetariancuisine. I thought of making this nimmakaya pulihora or lemon quinoa. I’m extremely happy to say that the end result was awesome. I enjoyed it thoroughly for lunch, it’s a very filling and yummy dish.
Pic updated March 2013.
Quinoa – 1 cup
Roasted peanuts – 2tbsp
Chana dal – 1tsp
Urad dal – 1tsp
Mustard seeds – 1tsp
Hing – ¼tsp
Curry leaves – 6-8
Dry Red Chilies – 2
Green chilies – 2, slit vertically
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Lemon/ Lime juice – 2tbsp or more to taste
Salt – to taste

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions; 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Add turmeric, 1tsp oil & salt to cooked quinoa, gently toss and set aside to cool.
  • In a small saucepan, heat 2tsp oil and add the tempering ingredients: chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, red chilies, hing and curry leaves. Once the seeds start to splutter add the roasted peanuts and green chilies, sauté for a minute and add this to cooked quinoa.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice and gently mix to combine all the ingredients, make sure not to make quinoa mushy. Enjoy with a dollop of yogurt.



  1. Quinoa is my favorite! I have never tried quinoa in such a recipe though, looks absolutely delicious.

  2. Love your innovation,will give a try....

  3. wow this is indeed really healthy.

  4. Never tried quinoa yet at home, pulihora looks amazing!

  5. Pavani, the lemon Quinoa looks awesome. Thanks so much for the nice words about us, feel honoured.

  6. Best quinoa creation Pavani!

  7. Quinoa's one of my favorite grains-- making a pulihora with it is quite a wonderful idea, Pavani. Looks amazing.

  8. Oh this is amazing! I am so going to make this!

  9. I always want to cook this because of the health benefits, I will try your recipe :)

  10. Hi , I have tried Lemon Quinoa and it came out very husband liked it too :) thanks for sharing such a healthy recipe..keep posting recipes..


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