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.