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Quinoa pilaf served in a white bowl

Vegetable quinoa pulao

Quinoa pulao or pilaf is a vegan and gluten-free Indian dish full of flavors and nutrition. This curried quinoa can be enjoyed as a filling breakfast or served in lunch and dinner too.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 406kcal


  • Cooking pot



  • Rinse quinoa and put it in a pot. Add water/ stock and cook uncovered for around 15-20 minutes or until all the water dries up. Switch off the stove and cover the pan. Let it stay untouched for at least 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cashew nuts. Saute for a few seconds and then add raisins. Saute until the cashew nuts start turning brown. Take out the cashews and raisins on a plate.
  • In the same pan add all the whole spices and saute for about 30 seconds or until the spices become fragrant.
  • Add onion, garlic, and green chilies. Cook until the onion starts turning brown.
  • Add chopped vegetables, mix everything and cover the pan. Cook covered for 7-8 minutes or until the vegetables get cooked. Stir in between to make sure the vegetables don't get burned.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked add salt, pepper, coriander powder, garam masala, and red chili powder. Saute for about a minute.
  • Add quinoa, fried cashew nuts, raisins, and cilantro. Mix everything and cook for another minute.
  • Serve hot with a salad, raita, or curry.


  1. Add any vegetable, nut, and dried fruit of your choice to make quinoa pulao.
  2. Don't overcook the quinoa otherwise, it will turn mushy and spoil the pulao. The quinoa should be fluffy and perfectly cooked. Follow the quinoa cooking tips given in the post above to get the perfect texture.
  3. You can also use vegetable/ mushroom stock to cook quinoa.


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6746IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 5mg