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South Indian style quinoa umpa recipe

Quinoa Upma Recipe - Indian Breakfast

Upma recipe made with wholesome quinoa. Upma is savoury south Indian breakfast. The quinoa upma is cooked with Indian spices, toasted cashews, mustard seeds and vegetables. More wholesome than traditional Upma recipe, this quinoa upma is a tasty Indian breakfast recipe.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, south indian
Keyword: quinoa, quinoa recipes, upma
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • cup quinoa cooked
  • 1.5  tbsp  Peanut oil
  • 15-20  Cashew halves
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • a generous pinch of asafeotida/ hing
  • tsp  mustard seeds
  • tsp  chana dal and ur dal
  • green chili chopped
  • 2 whole red chilli dried
  • ½  cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables corn, capsicum, mushrooms, zucchini, peas, carrots
  • Salt to taste
  • cilantro/coriander leaves and
  • Lime juice


  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the cashews or peanuts till golden brown. Use any of these peanuts or cashew as per your taste.
  • In the remaining hot oil, add a pinch of asafoetida/hing and mustard seeds and let them pop.
  • Add chana dal and urad dal and lightly brown it.
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  • Now add chopped ginger, curry leaves and green chilli.
  • Fry them for a minute and add chopped onion. Saute the onion till light pink. (I sometimes directly add fried onions which I keep as part of meal prep)
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  • Now add veggies and cook them covered for few minutes until tender.
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  • Add salt, red chilli powder (optional) and add cooked quinoa along with fried peanuts/cashew or both.
  • Mix them with gentle hands and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in fresh cilantro/coriander leaves and lime juice and garnish with fried cashew and serve it hot.


  1. You can only add cashew or groundnut or a mix of both.
  2. You can add any other seed mix too.
  3. Keep changing the veggies as per your taste.


Calories: 340kcal