Quinoa Pilaf with Red bell pepper, Leek, Carrot, Peas. vegan, glutenfree

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The snow is all gone and finally we got a partly sunny day, though it was still extremely cold.. I froze my toes! Chewie also feels the cold, if we take him on a longer walk he starts jumping instead of walking. Since we were snowed in all of the week, there was a lot of cooking and trials of glutenfree breads and dinner rolls! The dinner rolls were great if you like the sorghum taste..:) I am getting a hang of it now and liking sorghum(Jowar). I will play around with some millet and other whole grains too, lets see.
This pilaf is a quite neutral flavored(no sharp spice or herbs), so it can go well with any spread.

I also met with Eileen this weekend, the founder of Help Animals India , which is an all-volunteer USA non-profit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to supporting efficient and effective animal protection organizations in India.
The organizations supported by HAI are well known for their work and dedication towards animals, be it spay neuter campaign for street animals, vegan outreach, cows, wildlife rehabilitation and more.
If you have some fun ideas for raising funds for these amazing organizations, please so send them my way!

Cook 1/2 cup Quinoa according to instructions(I usually cook 1/2 cup quinoa it in a little more than 3/4 cups water, roughly 1.5 times water, for about 15 minutes). You can also toast the quinoa a little before adding water for a fluffier nuttier quinoa. Fluff it up as soon as cooked.
In a pan on medium heat, add 2 teaspoons Oil, 1/4 cup chopped Leek, 1/3 cup chopped Carrots and 1/3 cup chopped Red bell pepper. Add other veggies like celery, mushrooms, greens of choice in quantities depending on the amount of cooked quinoa.
Cook for 3-4 minutes, uncovered, until Leek and Carrots start to get brown on the edges.
Add 1/4 tsp or to taste chili flakes or chopped green chili, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and 1/4 cup Peas and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add in the cooked quinoa, 2/3 teaspoon salt and 1/2 tsp lemon juice and mix well.
Cook covered on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with roasted nuts(cashew or almond slivers, optional), chopped cilantro and serve hot!


  1. sounds delicious...will def be a must try for me..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  2. one of my favorite side dishes is quinoa pilaf! yours looks delicious! i love the addition of peas ;)

  3. Awesome Recipe...Thanks for posting it dear..


  4. Thank you Jayanthi.

    Thanks Caitlin. quinoa is my new favorite whole grain!

    Thank you Deeps and Aarthi!

  5. Yum and hope to make this soon. Thank you Richa for your continuing efforts to make the world a better place in so many ways.

  6. very healthy bowl packed with all the nutrients! luv it!

  7. This looks like such a tasty and refreshing pilaf. Will definitely be making this :)

  8. This looks super tasty Richa! The bright colors in this dish make me want to make it right now.

    I would love for you to share it on Allergy Free Wednesdays this week: http://www.glutenfreepantry.blogspot.com/p/allergy-free-wednesdays.html

  9. quinoa pilafs = my type of food! looks delicious richa! :)

  10. Thank you Eileen for all that you d, which is so much more!

    Thanks Anu, Neha and Bobbie!

    thanks Russell

  11. Thanks Laura, I will link it up!

    Thanks Junia!

  12. That looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing with the hearth and soul blog hop!

  13. yum, I love quinoa! And your pictures are beautiful, nice work! Thank you for sharing on Allergy free Wednesdays, hope to see you next week Richa!

  14. Sounds delicious! I really like quinoa so it is great to find a GF recipe with quinoa.

  15. Pilaf always feels like a treat to me. A really beautiful way to dress up the usual quinoa or rice. Thanks for sharing this great recipe at Sugar Free Sunday!

  16. Thank you Hannah.. yes quinoa for u too!

    Thank you Penniless parenting, Tessa, Maria and Raj!

  17. This looks great! In fact, I would love to feature this recipe at Allergy-Free Wednesdays so PLEASE leave a link back!

  18. Thank you Nancy! I have the link int he post.. for some reason i called it glutenfree wednesday, but it liks to laura's post:)

  19. What a lovely, colourful, healthy and delicious dish! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  20. What a tasty combination! I love all the veggies combined with quinoa.

  21. It looks delicious...Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I am going to try this one



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