Quinoa Upma Recipe (Healthy Twist On A Classic) – COOKUPI

Quinoa Upma Recipe (Healthy Twist On A Classic)

Quinoa upma is a healthy twist on the classic Indian breakfast dish, upma, which is traditionally made with semolina (sooji or rava). Quinoa adds extra protein and nutrients to this dish, making it a wholesome and satisfying meal. Here’s a recipe for quinoa upma:


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bell peppers (any color)
  • 1/4 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/2-inch piece of ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts or cashews (optional)
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for serving (optional)


  1. Rinse and Cook Quinoa:
  • Rinse the quinoa thoroughly under cold running water to remove any bitterness.
  • In a saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil over high heat.
  • Once it boils, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and the water is absorbed. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and set it aside.
  1. Prepare the Vegetables:
  • While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the vegetables. Chop the onions, carrots, bell peppers, green chilies, and ginger.
  1. Sautéing:
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat.
  • Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
  • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  1. Add Vegetables and Spices:
  • Add the chopped carrots, bell peppers, green peas, and green chilies to the skillet. Sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  • Stir in the grated ginger, turmeric powder, and salt. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  1. Combine with Quinoa:
  • Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet with the sautéed vegetables. Mix everything together gently.
  1. Optional Nuts:
  • If using roasted peanuts or cashews, add them at this stage and mix well.
  1. Garnish and Serve:
  • Garnish the quinoa upma with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with lemon wedges on the side for extra flavor (if desired).

Enjoy your healthy and flavorful quinoa upma as a nutritious breakfast or a light meal. You can also customize it by adding other vegetables or spices to suit your taste preferences.

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