Are you eating plain, boiled quinoa? What’s wrong with you? Put your fork down, right now, and make this recipe!
I could say that this is my favourite recipe of all time, but that would be hyperbole (do you know that I once pronounced that as, hyper-bowl? My boyfriend laughed so hard at me!).
This recipe is, without doubt, a delicious take on the traditional bulgur pilaf. The combination of carrots, quinoa, curry, and sesame oil make this dish somewhat sweet. The combination of quinoa and the vegetables makes for a satisfying and filling side dish. This is a healthy, high-carbohydrate dish for when you need extra energy in the form of starchy carbohydrates – like after a bout of intense exercise.
For some reason I forgot to add ginger to my curried quinoa and carrots pilaf, which means I also don’t have images for that (whoops!). It’s simply one more ingredient that adds another layer of flavour and opens up the palette. I find that fresh ginger brings a “freshness” to a dish. Prepare about a tablespoon of finely chopped, fresh ginger and add it to the dish at the same time as the carrots.
Pilaf is a Middle Eastern or Indian dish made of rice or wheat, vegetables, and spices. It’s typically made with added meat or fish. While there’s no meat in this recipe, it pairs well with any protein meal. You could substitute quinoa for bulgur, but the pilaf wouldn’t taste as sweet.
You could certainly turn the curried quinoa and carrots pilaf into a vegetarian meal. I’d suggest adding chic peas and cubed firm tofu (when you add the carrots). For garnish, and to increase protein and healthy fats, add some almonds or walnuts to the pilaf once it’s fully cooked.
Quinoa is a gluten-free super-food. It’s actually a seed and not a grain (although it’s often label and categorized as a grain). If you’d like to learn more, click this link for an article about the history and health-benefits of quinoa.
A final note – if you’ve never bought quinoa don’t be shocked by the price. It’s not cheap and will probably cost about $10 per pound. The bag of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Quinoa shown in the recipe below, cost about $15 at my local grocery store.
Eat well to be well.
Curried Quinoa and Carrots Pilaf
Tools Needed: Deep sauce pan or pot, cutting board, sharp knife, citrus juicer