Thursday, July 25, 2013

Curry Fried Quinoa

I made this recipe awhile back and always meant to post it and hadn't yet, so here it is! I had never thought to do curry-fried quinoa, thinking that it might not be that different from rice, but let me tell you what. Once you make this you'll never go back to rice again! The quinoa gives that extra punch of protein, vitamins, and minerals, and it soaks up more of the flavor. Man, it's good! Even better after a couple days if you can stand to keep delicious leftovers around!

You will need:

1 pot to cook quinoa
1 large tall-sided skillet that can hold your quinoa and veggie mixture
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
2 cups of water
2-3 tbsp coconut oil (you could also use olive oil, but coconut oil has magical properties!)
2 diced bell peppers (I used red and orange)
1 diced large red onion
2 eggs
2 tbsp minced ginger (because I LOVE ginger, you could try 1 tsp if you wanted less)
6 cloves minced garlic (again, less if you don't like garlic a ton, but then I think you're crazy ;o)
10oz bag of frozen peas
2 stalks of green onions, diced
2 tbsp of curry powder
1 tbsp of turmeric (it's SO good for you! Dooo it!)
2 tsp of chili powder
2 tbsp soy sauce (I used shoyu, you could use coconut aminos or liquid aminos, too)

First, start your quinoa. Boil your two cups of water and add the quinoa. Cover it and turn the heat down to low. Let it simmer and the quinoa soak up the water. This will take about 15 minutes, giving you time to finish the rest of the recipe.

Heat the coconut oil until it melts and add the garlic and ginger, sautéing for a minute or two. Add the diced bell peppers and red onion for 6-8 minutes and then add the peas and half of your diced green onions. It's okay that the peas are frozen, because they'll quickly defrost. Add the curry powder, turmeric, chili powder, and your soy sauce of choice and let cook for 2-3 more minutes.

Whisk your two eggs together in a bowl and add to the skillet of veggies.

Sauté for 1-2 minutes, just enough to let the eggs cook a bit, and stir frequently. Your quinoa should be done and hot by this point. Transfer the quinoa into your veggie mixture and stir together.

Serve up your delicious bowl of healthy goodness and top with more of the diced green onions. BAM! You've made a quick, simple, healthy dinner with a rainbow of veggies!

(This would also be good with shrimp or chicken, but it's good enough as vegetarian, I promise.)


  1. Yummm... That looks good. I like quinoa, but the missus doesn't like it much. She thinks it's bitter. I guess her palate is very sensitive to bitterness. I should try this though.

    1. You know, I've heard people tell me about quinoa's bitterness before and I think what helps a lot is rinsing the quinoa beforehand. It has saponins covering it and if you don't rinse it off it can tend to be bitter or taste a little soapy. You could try this with rice or couscous and it would still be good, I bet!