Since Quinoa is relatively a new ingredient in our household, some of the dishes made with it were accepted without any complaint. Sometimes, they didn’t even know what went into a dish! At times, when the main ingredient – Quinoa was present in its fullest glory, the acceptance level came down a bit.This happened in the case of the pilaf I made with Quinoa.

Though I liked the texture and flavor, the kids were not ready to eat a lot of it. Lil Angel ate a few spoons and Lil Dude started picking out and eating only the chickpea after the first spoonful of the pilaf!!

So this dish was ‘semi- accepted’ on the table and I might try to make this again and see how the kids react to the same dish.

I used:

Cooked Quinoa – 1 cup
Cooked chickpea- 1/2 cup
Kalonji / Nigella seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Pav Bhaji masala – 1 1/2 teaspoons [adjust to taste]
Salt to taste
Oil- 1 teaspoon

Heat oil in a pan and add kalonji. After a couple of seconds add onions and saute till the onions turn translucent.Put in the chickpeas and quinoa

Add the pav bhaji masala, salt and ,mix well. Turn down the flame and cook for a couple of minutes for the flavors to combine.Remove from heat

Serve with raita / yogurt , garnished with coriander leaves


  • Instead of Pav Bhaji masala , you can add any spice mix of your choice. 
  • Cooked vegetables can also be added along with the chickpeas to make it more colorful.
  • Other lentils like kidney beans etc can also be used.

Bon Appetit…

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12 thoughts on “Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Pilaf”

  1. Quinoa pulao looks delicious but this grain in whole form is not fully accepted even in my house. I should give try it again and see if have a change of heart for this nutritious grain.

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