Sweet Quinoa Pulao ( Inspired by the aromatic 'Kanika' from Odisha )
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 4-5 pepperorns
- 2-3 green cardamom
- 2 inch cinnamon
- 1 petal of mace
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 2 tsp sugar ( adjust as per taste )
- 1 tsp ghee
- pinch of turmeric
- salt to taste
- 3 tsp chopped cashews
- 3 tsp raisins
Preparation - Wash the quinoa under running water. Let it soak for 30 mins. Drain.
Cooking - Heat the ghee in a deep saucepan. Add the whole spices and wait till they turn fragrant.
Drop in the cashews and raisins. Fry for 20 seconds .
Add the rinsed and drained quinoa to the saucepan. Roast it for 5 mins to give it brownish shade and also to ensure that it's typical smell goes off. Now add 2 cups water and let it cook uncovered . Once it is almost 80 percent done, add the sugar and salt.
Once the water is absorbed, fluff it up .
Serve warm with the aludum or just it itself.
Note - It is important to wash the quinoa with plenty of water so that the bitterness goes off.