Sometimes you just gotta have some hot food! This dish gives me my Indian food kicks, along with Ganesha’s Sweet Potatoes. This is as basic and easy a stir-fry as you’ll ever find, which includes my two favorite Indian spices: curry and turmeric. Thankfully it is possible to get those Indian-style flavors without the cream, table salt and overcooked veggies and legumes that make Indian food so heavy and difficult to digest- hence all the burping and bloating! I love this dish in the winter. I eat a salad first while I’m making the quinoa, then toss the rest of it together afterwards so I can eat it right away when everything is piping hot. Yummy and satisfying!
*In the picture, I swapped out the quinoa for millet, which you can feel free to do also. Also, I always eat it alongside a large green salad, and I suggest you do the same.
Veggie-Turmeric Quinoa Recipe
- 1-2 Tbs. coconut oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 cups broccoli or cauliflower cut into little pieces
- High quality sea salt adjust to personal taste
- 1 Tbs. curry
- ½ tsp. turmeric
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup dry quinoa
- Pre- Prep: Be sure to soak the quinoa overnight in water.
- In a saucepan place 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the quinoa to the hot water, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the grains become translucent soft (about 10-15 minutes). Pour through a strainer and set to the side in a bowl.
- Heat the coconut oil in a skillet pan. Add the diced onions, and lightly sauté for a few minutes, adding the Celtic sea salt, curry, turmeric, and black pepper.
- Add the other vegetables and lightly sauté for 5-6 minutes, until they become softened (but not overcooked).
- Add the cooked quinoa and stir everything together. Adjust flavoring as needed to how you love it. Some like it hotter than others!
this was a delicious recipe. I did it tonight. The only thing I have not used ,was Cayenne Pepper.I don’t like it. I used instead regular black pepper
Hi Kim, delicious recipe made last night for dinner with friends and was lots of fun, and the food was so yummy and sitting around and talking for hours.
I make this all the time and its delicious. A big hit with my partner too. I add mushrooms, chillies, broccoli and cauliflower to make it more dense and sometimes as a treat I add some chorizo… mmmmm!!!
I find it really easy to digest aswell, I don’t feel bloated afterwards.
Hi Kimberly- I recently found your website while searching for new kale smoothie recipes and have really enjoyed reading your articles and recipes. I love your approach and have your book on order! Anyway, I will be making this one this week. I have a question about your instructions- why do you recommend soaking the quinoa overnight? I use quinoa often and rinse it VERY thoroughly, but have never soaked it overnight before using…
really yummyyy… most of the time my dinner. 🙂
Kim, I’m so glad I discovered your book when I bought my vitamixer. Now I’m checking your blog out a few times each week which I love, but would you please consider listing your nutrition facts when you post a recipe? I am a trainer at a gym where I put a healthy recipe of the week out for our members and I like them to be able to see the nutrition info. I know you don’t believe in counting calories and neither do I but most of these members are very new to getting healthy! Thanks!
I made this for the first time tonight… I absolutely LOVED it! This is definitely going to be my go-to indian food when I’m craving curry 🙂
Thank you so much Kimberly!
I added lime, and it was goooood! I also added some red onion, mushrooms, a lil more broc…I wanted it to have a lot of chunky-ness to it if that makes sense haha. Thank you for posting this recipe, it was great! I found it via pinterest. I have never used tumeric or curry before and I am glad I tried this 🙂 Thank you
hi Kimberly I make Darma’s salad all the time I love it
I recently came across your book in a health magazine and went out and purchased it- I cannot put it down. I have really learned a lot about my body and how it digest food. Recently I have developed an ulcer so some of the recipes have been most beneficial! I was wondering if adding pineapple to this recipe would be okay? I wouldn’t want it to ferment and completely lose it nutrients. Forgive me as I am not all the way through the book yet. I never thought I could ever become vegetarian; however your book makes me really re-think that. I haven’t had meat in over a week and actually don’t miss it at all! Thanks so much for sharing all of your knowledge! Renee
I love this one, it is so yummy and versatile. I have used it as a side with salmon on occasion, great!
Made this tonight and everybody loves it! It was so quick and easy, but delicious! Plus my house smells so fragrant and yummy. This will be a staple!
I made this recipe tonight and I was a little apprehensive about it because of the curry since I have never tried that seasoning before, but I thought this dish was really good! I realized tonight that I DO like curry (despite of my husband warning me that I wouldn’t) and this recipe will be made often in my house. Definitely an easy and quick lunch/dinner I can whip up in a pinch. Thanks for the recipe!
I tried this recipe tonight and it was DELICIOUS! I love Indian food and usually go out to Indian Restaurants when I get a craving for it. I am reading Kimberly’s book and trying to figure it all out as I incorporate my changed eating habits. I will have to do it one step at a time but at least I won’t feel deprived when I get that craving for Indian food. This is recipe will satisfy that craving while combining foods correctly.
Thank you Kimberly.
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HI Kim…what are your thoughts on quinoa on being a grain? I have seen conflicting info on Paleo sites (yes sorry I know you feel about Paleo but I strive to eat fruits, raw juices, salads organic chicken and grass fed beef and wild salmon. Here is what I found “potential adverse health effects of such psuedo grains as quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat. All of these plant seeds contain a variety of antinutrient compounds which potentially have deleterious effects in humans, particularly if they are consumed in high amounts on a regular basis. Quinoa seeds may contain very high concentrations (up to 5,000 mg/kg) of compounds known as saponins, which like the name implies, have soap like properties thay may cause a “leaky” gut by breaking down intestinal cell membranes. I believe that a leaky gut promotes chronic low level inflammation and likely represents a necessary step in the development of autoimmune diseases. Quinoa seeds may be “polished” during processing to lower their saponin content, because the highest concentration of these compounds are found in the outer layer of the seed. Fresh fruits and vegetables are superior nutritionally to all whole grains, including the psuedo grains, which I recommend should be consumed infrequently.” Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appreciated! Love your work.
Quinoa is soak over night to remove the out saponin, since quinoa is a seed and not a grain, this is a protective element of these family of seeds. Like a natural herbicide. I am not sure were your getting your information, these seeds, more like seeds than grain, are ancient foods. The don’t produce leaky gut, that you suggest. You should be more worried about the GMO, foods produced today.
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This came out great last night. I added boiled potatoes and peas as well.
I loved this recipe. It’s my go-to when I want something fast and healthy. I always swap out veggies for different variations, and it always comes out delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!
That’s really great Yazz…thanks for sharing and sending you lots of love and support! 😉