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Vegetarian Chinese Fried Rice Quinoa

Know What You Eat: Quinoa "the superfood of universe" is food of high protein quality and is typically regarded as an adequate source of all essential amino acids, including lysine and isoleucine.

Quinoa is a perfect food to include on a gluten-free diet, since it not only lacks gluten but doesn't even belong to the same plant family as wheat, oats, barley, or rye. 

Interest in quinoa has recently spread to India and many other Asian countries. Veg. Chinese Fried "Rice" Quinoa is just an inspiration for those taste buds looking for Asian flavor to try this new grain.

Quinoa is generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Whether purchasing quinoa in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture. When deciding upon the amount to purchase, remember that quinoa expands during the cooking process to several times its original size. If you cannot find it in your local supermarket, look for it at natural foods stores, which usually carry it. Here is where I purchase in bulk. 

Veg. Chinese Fried Rice Quinoa


How to cook basic Quinoa:
1 C uncooked quinoa
2 C water or vegetable broth

Method:
1. Bring quinoa and liquid to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Yield: 3 cups cooked quinoa
Serving size: 1/2 cup


Ingredients for Chinese Fried Quinoa
3 C Cooked Quinoa
1/2 C Boiled Peas
1/2 C Chopped Carrot
3/4 C Chopped Red/ White Onion
1/4 C Chopped Spring Onion
1/4 C Chopped French Beans
1 C Finely shredded Cabbage
1/2 C Chopped Red/Yellow/Green/Orange Bell Pepper (adding green bell pepper tastes equally good)
4-6 Pods Chopped Garlic
1     inch Chopped Ginger
1/2  tsp Black Pepper powder
4-5 Tbsp Sesame/Canola Oil
Fresh chopped cilantro
Salt to taste

Sauces:
1 Tbsp Dark chili Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp green chili sauce
2 Tbsp White Vinegar


Method to prepare Chinese Fried Quinoa:

1.. Prepare Quinoa and keep it aside.
2.. Chop all the veggies finely and keep aside, you can also blanch them before use. (carrot and beans take more time to cook)
3.. Heat oil in a wok or a pan. 
4.. Add chopped onions and cook till translucent, now add garlic & ginger and saute for few seconds. Do not turn brown.
5.. Time to add chopped french beans, carrots and bell peppers, now increase the flame on a high and stir fry the veggies on a high flame while continuously toss and stir them. Make sure all veggies are cooked well yet they are crispy.
6.. Add soy sauce, chili sauce, salt, pepper & vinegar. (Soy sauce do have salt in it, so add less salt than you would usually do)
7.. Stir well and add shredded cabbage spring onion greens & cooked quinoa.
8.. Gently mix everything well. Garnish with cilantro.


                       
                   Enjoy Veg Chinese Fried Rice Quinoa with or without other gravy.





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