Quinoa Sambar Rice Recipe | Indian Quinoa Recipe

In this post, we are going to see the recipe for Quinoa Sambar Rice. Quinoa Sambar Rice Recipe is very simple to make and it is a one pot recipe. Quinoa is rich in protein and nutrients. It has texture same as rice. It can be substituted for rice. It is low in carbs and hence, diabetic friendly. Refer the health benefits in this link.

quinoa sambar rice

This sambar rice with quinoa is an one pot recipe. It is simple to make. If you are working, you can include this in your option. As it would take less effort and time, it will be helpful. It is really tasty and had no difference from regular sambar rice made with white rice. You can take this in your lunch box. A tasty diet style lunch recipe made with Quinoa.

There are some other Indian Style Quinoa Recipes in my blog from Category like Weight Loss Diet Recipes and Diabetic Friendly Diet Recipes

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Quinoa Sambar Rice

In this post, we are going to see the recipe for Quinoa Sambar Rice. Quinoa Sambar Rice Recipe is very simple to make and it is a one pot recipe. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings (1 Cup Each)
Calories 350 kcal
Author Sabari


  • 3/4 cup Quinoa
  • 1/4 cup Toor Dhal
  • 1 cup Vegetables (Brinjal, Carrot, Beans)
  • 1 Tomato (small)
  • 4 Shallots (chopped)
  • 1 Gooseberry Sized Tamarind (soaked)
  • 1 tsp Sambar Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • little Turmeric Powder
  • a pinch Hing or Asafoetida (perungayam)
  • little Salt

Tempering or Thalippu

  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • little Curry Leaves


  • handful Coriander Leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tsp Ghee (optional)


  1. Take all the ingredients given under pressure cooking in a pressure cooker. Add 2 and half cups of water. Pressure cook it for 3 to 4 whistles in medium flame.

  2. After the pressure lowers, open the lid. It will be cooked soft. Keep it for sometime so that the temperature decrease. If you mix now itself, it will become sticky.

  3. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and wait till it cracks. Add cumin seeds and curry leaves. This is the tadka or talippu.

  4. Add the tempering or talippu to cooked Quinoa. Add little chopped coriander leaves. Give a gentle mix. Finally, serve with a drizzle of ghee (optional)

Stepwise Recipe for Quinoa Sambar Rice

Take dhal and quinoa. Wash and clean well.

Chop vegetables and extract tamarind paste.

Take dhal, quinoa, vegetables, asafoetida, turmeric powder, sambar powder, tamarind paste, salt and 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker.

Cook in medium flame for 3 to 4 whistles

After the pressure subsides, open the lid. Cool down it from hot to warm.

Now prepare tadka. Heat some coconut oil. Add mustards, cumin and curry leaves. Let them sputter.

Transfer it to cooked quinoa. Gently mix. Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves. Quinoa Sambar Rice is ready.

Indian Style Recipe with Quinoa as a delicious lunch..
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