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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Recipe: Indian Spiced Quinoa with Raisins and Pine Nuts

I've got quite some new recipes I tried to share but I've been too lazy to write them up, transfer the photos to my computer etc... I finally did the latter so I should start writing now as well. I guess I'll just go backwards and see how much I remember.

Saturday I made another recipe out of Vegan Planet, something I usually do on Fridays, or well try to do unless I feel like eating something else like last night or in case I find another recipe to try elsewhere or if I feel like trying a new recipe another day. The recipe I tried was Indian Spiced Quinoa with Raisins and Pine Nuts, unfortunately it all sounded much better on the paper than it ended up tasting. Maybe it was because I had a little accident with my quinoa and had most of it going down the drain (so I used couscous), maybe it was the fact that I replaced the cardamom with turmeric (I really need to remember to look for cardamom at the Asian store next time I'm there because I've not been lucky at other places), maybe it was the fact that I added more water so the couscous didn't cook dry. Or maybe it just wasn't really my kind of thing.

About quinoa, I've cooked with it twice now but I'm not a huge fan of it. Mainly because of the hassle rinsing those little suckers and draining them, which was what went wrong today. I used a wrong drain with too big holes so a lot of the quinoa went through them. Yes, sometimes I don't really use my brains. The first time I cooked chili with them and while I didn't mind them in my chili much because they added some texture and all the other things overpowered the taste, when I tasted them before adding them to the big pot, I didn't really like it. I'll have to try again sometime and find a better method for rinsing and draining them. After all I gave tempeh another chance as well (another adventure I still have to write about I just realized).

I started by rinsing and losing my quinoa so that's not pictured because there wasn't much left of it. I then continued by chopping the shallots and ginger.

I sauteed the onion and ginger...

 ...and added the quinoa, couscous, spices and vegetable broth.

While all of that was simmering, I decided to make some vegan cheese but I also had to roast the pine nuts for the dish I was cooking. Not the best of ideas because stirring and tasting in one pan and roasting pine nuts in another can lead to not paying proper attention for a second and roasting a bunch of your nuts to the point where they're black. In the picture everything was still alright with the world.

I decided to add them all anyway and just pick out the burned nuts while eating, which didn't make for the most relaxed meal but I was hungry by that point so I just wanted to get dinner on the table, which looked like this:

It doesn't look like the tastiest male you've ever seen and as I said at the beginning, I didn't like it that much but after I added some salt (which I forgot before) it was alright and the raisins did give it a special twist. I might try it again but maybe add some more spices or make it with quinoa completely.

1 comment:

  1. Looks good!

    I always love to add pine nuts to a lot of food, I think they always make the taste of food very special. And they're so yummy! And now I want couscous... but it's already too late!