Quinoa payasam

Written by: 7aumsuvai
Quinoa is a nutritious, ancient grain containing a complete protein profile. It is an alternative to white rice or couscous. Quinoa a protein packed food, with its nutty taste and chewy texture, is flavorful as well as filling. It contains all 8 of the essential amino acids, is a complete protein. It is a low-cholesterol source of complex carbohydrates. As a complex carbohydrate, quinoa acts as an internal cleanser, easing the progress of food through the digestive tract.
For vegans, people with lactose intolerance or those who are simply looking for non-dairy sources of this vital mineral, quinoa is a flavorful source of plant-derived calcium. A cup of cooked quinoa offers 15 percent of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of iron, which helps to deliver oxygen to the blood, boosting energy and brain power.
I tried this Quinoa to make payasam and found it is very tasty. Moreover I didn’t feel that I am eating something new. Even my daughter loved its taste very much and she was keep asking me for more.
Quinoa payasam
      • 1/2 cup – Quinoa
      • 1 to 1 1/2 cups – Water
      • 3 cups  - Milk
      • 1/2 to 1 cup – Sugar (as needed)
      • 1 no – Cardamom
      • 7 to 8 nos – Cashew nuts
      • 5 nos – Raisins
      • 1 tsp – Ghee
Quinoa payasam
Preparation method:
How to cook Quinoa:
  • Cooking quinoa is much like rice. Wash and soak quinoa for 1/2 an hour, combine 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 to 1 1/2 cup of water in a pot. Bring it to boil, turn heat on low, cover and cook for 15 mins. Let it cool for 5 mins, fluff with fork. Set aside.
  • Quinoa is cooked when each grain is translucent and white germ is visible.
Quinoa cooking process
Making of payasam:
  1. Heat ghee in a pan, add cashews and raisin roast them till they are golden brown .Remove and keep it aside.
  2. Boil milk on low flame for 10 to 15 mins. Once milk gets boiled add the cooked quinoa and stir well. Add sugar and crushed cardamom, mix well.
  3. Finally add fried cashew nuts and raisins and mix well. Now easy and delicious payasam is ready to serve.
Quinoa payasam process
Quinoa payasam
  • Instead of Sugar, you can also add Jaggery.
  • Some of you may have question that where to buy Quinoa. I bought Quinoa from Costco. You can try in other grocery stores too.
Quinoa payasam


  1. Real tempting one...

  2. Hi Shanthi ,

    Quinoa Payasam looks YYUUMMYY!!!

    Perfect presentation Shanthi:)


  3. Very yummy and healthy Payasam! My favourite grain


  4. very nutritious & healthy..

  5. Wow!! what a lovely cup,this look are so pretty thank you for sharing this link......


  6. like the serving dish :) a different kind of payasam..

  7. Thats a very creamy and yummy payasam... Loving that jug

  8. never tried quinoa....looks very inviting and delicious....love ur clicks :)

  9. Love that serving bowl, quinoa is one of my fav grain after oats, payasam looks delicious.

  10. Came across your recipe while searching for quinoa payasam...awesome it is. Gonna try this.!

  11. Yummy Payasam !!! And I just adore that cute jug with Niagara falls tag :)


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