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Quino Lemon | Elumichai Quinoa | Lemon Quino

Quinoa Lemon is a quick 20 minutes lunch box recipe prepared with Quinoa and Lemon. Traditional Indian lunch box variety prepared with rice. To make it bit healthy here is a version with Quinoa.
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Quinoa - 1/2 cup
  • Big Lemon - 1/2
  • Salt - as needed
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • To temper:
  • Oil - 1/2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1 tbsp
  • Split Urad dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Green chilli - 1 big
  • Asofetida - generous pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • To garnish:
  • Roasted cashew / roasted peanuts / slice almonds - few


  • In a wide colander rinse the quinoa well and drain the water
  • In sauce pan add 1 cup of water and quinoa and bring to boil on medium heat
  • Once when the water starts boiling bring down the heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes or till the water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked
  • Switch off the flame and let it sit for 5 more minutes. Transfer it to wide plate/pan and fluff it
  • Add oil to the pan once when the oil is hot add the ingredients under "to temper" and let it crackle. Add turmeric powder and mix well, switch off
  • Add the thalipu (tadka/tempering) to the qunioa
  • Once the quinoa is cooked a bit add 1/2 squeezed lemon and mix well. Garnish with nuts, Lemon quinoa is ready
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1. Rice/Millets/Fada can be used instead of quinoa
2. Red chilli can be used instead of green and adjust the spice level according to your tastebuds
3. Lemon Quinoa can be made previous night and stays good for lunch box
Onion, ginger - garlic paste can be added for extra flavour
4. Quinoa can also be cooked in pressure cooker/instant pot/ microwave
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