January 27, 2008

Quinoa with black beans


We were in a mood for a different breakfast to break the monotony of home weekend breakfast of eggs and pancakes. But the last week was so cold that the idea of going out for breakfast/brunch in the freezing weather wasn't appealing either. I had to think quick on my feet, check if we had all the ingredients and then decided to make something different. It was savory quinoa - an ancient grain which has been described as superfood full of all the right ingredients - with black beans, tomatoes and onions. It was a delicious taste which warmed us with a new taste.

And it was easy and quick. While the quinoa was cooking in the microwave, I put the black beans together with onions and tomatoes. The dish was ready in 30 minutes!

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 cup quinoa
1 can black beans (rinse the beans to rid of excess salt)
1 medium onion- chopped thin
1 big tomato- chopped
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
1 green chilli
1 tspoon lime juice
1 tspoon olive oil
cilantro (optional) to garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa according to the box options. Usually it is 1:2 ratio of grain and water cooked up to 8-10 minutes.

In a saucepan, heat oil and temper it with cumin seeds and the green chilli. Then add the onions and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the tomatoes and let it cook for 1-2 minutes till they turn soft but no squishy.

Add the black beans, coriander powder, salt and pepper and let it cook on closed lid for another 2-3 minutes. Then add the quinoa and lime juice and mix it all together.


Garnish with cilantro and serve warm for brunch/breakfast with some hot coffee or tea.


  1. Mandira, my poor quinoa has been langushing in my pantry for quite some time now...you've inspired me to take it out :-)

  2. Sounds new. Thanks for sharing Mandira!

  3. I have to go and look in the World market or health food store for Quinoa. Looks great and healthy start for a day too Mandira!:)

  4. That is one hearty meal Mandira, looks great. Lot of qunioa dishes on display, must have to buy some and try soon.

  5. Ooh, this sounds very tasty! I love quinoa but never have enough uses for it. Thanks!

  6. thats a lovely breakfast looks so deleciousss

  7. I'm always looking for new quinoa recipes and this one looks awesome. I like that it includes black beans too.

  8. This looks great,,,i am a new blogger,plz do see my blog and encourage me

  9. Anonymous1:48 PM

    looks delicious Mandira! I tried the quinoa salad from Kanchana's blog once... i think i might still have some for em to try this recipe!

  10. Mythreyee, Daily Meals - thanks.

    Sunita, Asha- do try this. It's quick, healthy and filling. :)

    ISG, Fiber- you should find it either in organic or in grains aisle. It has a nutty taste and works well either in sweet or savory flavors.

    Sagari, Lisa - thanks, do try and let me know.

    Dhivya - I will surely visit your blog. Welcome to Ahaar!

    MM- do try and let me know. It turns out really well every time I make it.

  11. Yum! I'm a quinoa freak, but I've never tried it with black beans, such a great idea!

  12. that looks very wholesome and inviting - something i'd definitely like to try. i like quinoa, jai doesn't, but i think he'll like this.

  13. Looks so delicious!! I never tasted this...Don't know about Quinoa

  14. I need to buy quinoa, to make this dish. Looks healthy and delicious!

  15. u have given me very good idea here ashwini:)

  16. Now this is the kind of breakfast I'd enjoy.

  17. Looks yummy, though my family still cries when i make quinoa. This recipe seems interesting, will try to finish whats remaining, by trying this one :)

  18. Kaykat it makes a good combo- quinoa and black beans.

    Bee it has such good flavors that he will be a convert ;) Let me know how it turns out.

    KF - Quinoa is an ancient grain used in South America. It came over to the US, I think, a couple of decades ago.

    Comfort Food do try, you'll like it.

    Sia thanks, and it's Mandira :)

    Thanks Cynthia.

    Archana really? try this then, I'm sure they will enjoy the flavors and taste of the recipe!

  19. thats quite a healthy and different recipe. the pics are awesome...droolworthy.

  20. Anonymous12:49 PM

    Hi, was just wondering what is Quinoa called in Hindi, any Indian name to it? Been searching for a while....


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