Spicy Quinoa and Spinach Pulao (Pilaf)


This spicy quinoa pulao with Indian flavors is made with quinoa rather than rice for added protein!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin (jeera)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander (dhana)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

  • ¾ teaspoon minced Thai chile pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon pav bhaji masala

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric (haldi)

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 ½ vine-ripened tomatoes, diced

  • 4 cups finely chopped fresh spinach

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked quinoa

  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Heat olive oil in a large wok over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let sizzle for 30 seconds. Add garlic, ground cumin, coriander, chile powder, ginger, chile pepper, pav bhaji masala, and turmeric; saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in onion; saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook until the tomato smell goes away. Mix in spinach; cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Pour water and quinoa into the wok. Bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until water is absorbed, 8 to 12 minutes. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
12g Fat
55g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 47mg 233%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 881mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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