November 25, 2014

Bolivian Quinoa Stew - One Pot Broth ! Weekend cooking recipes

After yesterday’s Sindhi Sai Bhaji, the next one that caught my eye and fancy was Harini’s Bolivian Quinoa Stew . I have noticed over the past few years from Harini, that both of our family's cooking and eating preferences are similar, so I was very keen to select something from Harini’s blog.

Use of Quinoa was something that I was keen to use (both to clear the present stock in the pantry and also to make something new other than the Colombian Quinoa Mango Salad I had made earlier), and I was very happy that it was liked by my elder one also. Thanks Harini - this is definitely a keeper both for the ease and taste it imparted on a nice nippy evening :-))

She didn’t sense it had quinoa in it, and sipped it like a broth along with some warm bread for a weekend supper.

Prep time : 15 mins  | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Spice level : Medium
Difficulty level : Easy
Serving suggestions : Bread or as it is

  • Quinoa – ¼ cup - soaked in warm water for 10 mins
  • Garbanzo / chickpeas (cooked) –1 cup (I used kala channa)
  • Veg Stock – homemade – ½ cup
  • Onions – 1 large
  • Bay leaf – 2 nos
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Veggies : I added carrots, beans, peas : 1 cup
  • Bell pepper chopped – ½ cup
  • Minced garlic and ginger – 1 tsp (i skipped the garlic)
  • Oil – 1 TBSP
  • Tomato puree / Pasta sauce – ¼ cup
  • Red chilli powder – ½ TBSP (I used Kashmiri chilli powder)
  • Jeera – Dhania powder – ½ tsp
  • Cilantro – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste

  1. In a pressure cooker, add oil. Saute onions and bay leaf. Add grated ginger and garlic and sauté till onions turn golden brown.
  2. Add tomato puree, bell pepper, veggies and sauté with salt. Add the cooked garbanzo, red chilli powder, jeera –dhania powder, Quinoa, stock, water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  3. Let the pressure die down on its own.
  4. Simmer for 3-4 mins till you get desired consistency, add cilantro and serve immediately


  1. That's clearly something that will be so filling Kalyani..good one..

  2. Could finish that bowl and want more. Yum.

  3. Not a fan of quinoa but for anyone who likes it this is a great winter stew.

  4. Delicious stew. I will love some in this season.

  5. Give me that bowl of stew, i can finish it rite now.

  6. Love this stew. Perfect for lunch.. I love these kind of lunches

  7. Interesting! I don't think so I have seen anybody share much Bolivian food online, making this quite unique and a great recipe because of the quinoa involved. Thanks for sharing! =D

  8. A very new dish for me...looks great!

  9. Such a hearty & comforting stew. Perfect for this chilly weather.

  10. Such an interesting dish with Quinoa. Perfect for cold winter nights.


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