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Indian Spiced Quinoa Pilaf with Peas Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 black cardamon
  • 5 green cardamon
  • 1 2- inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas


  1. Wash quinoa in a bowl of water several times to remove bitter saporin coating; drain.
  2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan; add black and green cardamon, cinnamon stick, and cloves and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add cumin seeds and sauté another 10-15 seconds, until they are toasted and browned. Add quinoa and stir until coated with oil. Add water and salt to pan; bring to a boil; then lower heat to simmer, cover pan and cook for 20 minutes. Add peas and cover pan; let pilaf stand for 10 minutes, then fluff and serve.