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A plate of delicious cooked Red quinoa with ground almonds

Red Quinoa with Roasted Ground Almonds

Red Quinoa with Roasted Crushed Almonds

Red Quinoa is high in protein and fiber and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. I was therefore eager to cook this grain.

To accompany Roasted Pumpkin, I decided to cook red quinoa a few days ago. I added ground almonds, adding further nutrients to this very delicious meal.

I really liked the dish and because it is not only delicious but full of goodness and quick to make. The spiciness of the chilies, the softness of the quinoa and the crunch of the almonds enhanced the texture and taste. Do try this very quick and easy recipe.

This dish is vegan and gluten free. It makes a good meal for anyone watching their weight. I used just half a cup of red quinoa. When cooked it yields just about 2 cups of cooked quinoa. Here is the recipe.


  1. ½ cup red quinoa
  2. water to boil quinoa about 6-8 cups
  3. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  4. ¼ cup crushed/ground almonds
  5. 1 tsp. black mustard seeds, (optional)
  6. ½ cup chopped red onions
  7. 2 green chilies, split in middle
  8. 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  9. 1 tsp. ground ginger


  1. Wash the quinoa under running water in a very fine sieve
  2. It should be cooked in about 10 min. It will be soft to the touch. Drain water and keep quinoa aside
  3. Heat oil. Add mustard seeds and follow with onion and green chilies
  4. Stir and allow to cook for 2 minutes before adding red quinoa
  5. Add salt and mix well
  6. When onions seem soft, add crushed almonds and blend
  7. The red quinoa is now ready to be served

Red quinoa cooking in pot with onion, chilies, ginger and spices

Red Quinoa cooking on stove

Cooked Quinoa after being strained

Cooked Red Quinoa. Water has been Strained

Cooked Quinoa after being strained

UnCooked Red Quinoa

About Red Quinoa

The following information on the benefits of Red Quinoa is from the website, Superfoods

Red Quinoa helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Lysine found in red quinoa helps with tissue repair and growth. High protein and fiber content in red quinoa delays gastric emptying and hence keeps you feeling fuller and more satisfied than white rice. Red quinoa provides a rich source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. Red quinoa provides us with 10% daily value of iron, it is low in fat and contains only healthy unsaturated fat that helps to keep cholesterol levels low and helps maintain heart health. The iron content is used by the body to transport oxygen. Since it is gluten-free, red quinoa suits those who cannot eat gluten-rich foods and who avoid dairy products. The high manganese content helps to regulate blood sugar levels and maintain strong and healthy bones. It is easy to digest and can make a good diet for diabetics too for it contains a low glycemic index.

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