Quinoa kheer/Quinoa payasam/How to cook quinoa/ Protein-rich payasam/ Version 2

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. 
 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.

  • 1 cup – Quinoa
  •  2 cups – Water (to cook quinoa)
  • 4 cups – Milk
  •  1 cup - Evaporated milk/skimmed milk
  • 1/2 to 1 cup – Sugar (as needed)
  •  2 no's – Cardamom (crush it)
  • 10 no's– Cashew nuts
  • 10 no’s – Raisins
  •  1 tbsp – Ghee
 Preparation method:
 How to cook Quinoa:
  1.  Cooking quinoa is much like rice. Wash quinoa, pressure cook with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water for 2 to 3 whistles or until well cooked. Let it cool for 5 mins, fluff with fork. Set aside.
  2. Quinoa is cooked when each grain is translucent and white germ is visible. Otherwise follow the instructions given on the package.
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 sugar and crushed cardamom, mix well. Then,add the cooked quinoa and stir well.
  3. Followed by 1 cup of evaporated milk, continue to boil for few more minutes. Finally add fried cashew nuts and raisins and mix well. Now easy and delicious payasam is ready to serve.

  • Instead of Sugar, you can also add Jaggery. You may either pressure cook or open cook the quinoa, choice is yours.
  • Some of you may have question that where to buy Quinoa. I bought Quinoa from Costco. You can try in any grocery stores.
  • Adding evaporated milk is completely optional. Also, you may replace evaporated milk with condensed milk too.

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