Quinoa Stuffed Achari Mirch

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Had some leftover Quinoa sitting in my fridge and I wanted to try something new and innovative out of it. So, I thought of giving the traditional Bharwan Mirch a new filling. Here I present Achari Bhawan Mirch in a new avatar as Quinoa Stuffed Achari Mirch. Its simple, aromatic, decent, lip-smaking and healthy! Quinoa gives a distinctive nutty taste to the peppers making them even more rich and flavourful.

Try it and you will fall in love with it 😙 ❤

Ingredients –

Big Sized Chilli Peppers – Around 15 (Washed and slit lengthwise)
Chickpea flour (Besan)- 1/4 Cup
Quinoa- 1/4 Cup (Cooked)
Red Chilli Powder- as per your taste
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Mango Powder (Amchoor)- 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel Seeds (Saunf) – 1 teaspoon
Asafetida (Hing)- A pinch
Cumin Seed- 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds- ¼ tsp
Oil – 2 tablespoon
Salt – to taste

Instructions-

Heat one tablespoon oil in a pan and add hing, cumin seed, saunf and mustard seeds to it. When the seeds start to crackle add the chickpea flour (Besan) and all other dry ingrediants to the pan. Roast it over medium heat until the raw smell of besan goes away and it turns light brown in colour.

Switch off the heat and let the mixture cool.

After it has completely cool down, add in the quinoa. Mix well.

Stuff the mixture into the peppers.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and to it add the stuffed peppers. Cook on low heat untill the peppers turn soft and tender.

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Enjoyi!!

[This post is inspired by my dear friend Garima’s recent post on Rajasthani Achari Bharwan Mirch]

Quinoa and Beetroot Croquettes

As a mother of a 2-year-old, who is a fussy eater,  I constantly have to try innovative ways to make my  food appealing, both in terms of taste and look. My daughter is a big fan of chatpata stuffs (The credit goes to me!) and would simply throw up if I give her something she doesn’t like. The best way to such feed fussy eaters is to create something keeping their taste buds in mind. Not to forget, it should be appealing to!!

There are a number of things that she even doesn’t like to see, forget about eating and Quinoa is on top of her “NO” list.

Quinoa being high in protein content and a goof source of iron and fibre is like a blessing for vegetarians like me.  I love it even more because of the fact that it can be cooked and eaten on its own as well as combined with other ingredients to give it a new look altogether.  So, I have been trying out ways to incorporate quinoa in her diet without her even knowing it.

As I was thinking of something new, I recalled how my non-vegetarian friends incorporate quinoa in their kebabs. I adapted this and came up with something vegetarian to suit our palate.

What would you say if I ask “What will happen if we combine 2 healthy ingredients together, and that too in the form of a chatpata snack???”

“The result will be MAGICAL!!” I would say

I thought of combining QUINOA and BEETROOT  in the form of croquettes and it turned out super delicious. They were gone within minutes of making. And guess what??? It’s made with just 1 tsp oil . Isn’t it amazing!!!

Taste ka tadka along with health 🙂 ❤

IMPORTANT: If your kids is fussy about eating quinoa, these croquettes are a perfect way to make them eat it without any fuss ❤

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Ingredients

Quinoa – 1 cup; cooked (I used rice cooker to cook it)
Potatoes -2 large; boiled and mashed
Ginger-1/2 inch piece; minced (you can also use ginger paste)
Carrot – 1 Finely chopped
Beetroot- 1 Finely chopped
Capsicum 1 Finely chopped
Frozen Corn – 1/4th Cup, thawed
Garam Masala-1 tsp
Chaat Masala- 1 tsp
Fresh Coriander
Green chillies -2 Finley chopped
Corn flour – 1 tsp
Salt- to taste

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Instructions

Take a microwave bowl and to it add finely chopped carrots, beetroot, capsicum and corn. Microwave them for 5 min so that they are cooked.  (You can also add spinach. I was running out of it so didn’t use it)

Let the vegetables cool for few minutes. Now add in the mashed potatoes along with ginger, coriander, green chillies and all the dry ingredients. Mix well. Check the seasoning.

Made round croquettes with the mixture.

Heat a non stick pan. Place the Croquettes and cook on both the sides. Let it develop a golden color on one side before flipping over and repeat the process for the other side as well. Take care not to break them while flipping.

Serve them with Tomato Sauce and Coriander Chutney. You can also use these Croquettes in burgers which kids all time favourites.

10379909_805349466162320_7920569191020401484_oEnjoy!!