Quinoa Curd Rice – Indian Style Quinoa Yogurt

Quinoa Curd Rice – Indian Style Quinoa Yogurt: healthy, delicious, holistic, and quick Indian-inspired quinoa recipe using chilled yogurt/curd along with fresh carrots, cucumber, onions, ginger and tempered with Indian seasoning. Perfect for cold meals, school/office lunch boxes and picnics. Makes a great post-yoga meal.

Quinoa curd rice recipe or Indian Quinoa Yogurt Recipe

What is Quinoa Curd Rice?

It’s an Indian Style recipe made using cooked quinoa, chilled yogurt, a mix of fresh veggies like carrots, onion, cucumber, ginger, and peanuts (optional) and then we add an Indian tempering using lentils, sesame seeds, and mustard seeds, green chilies and salt.

Its cooling properties along with the mix of ingredients, help in digestion and cooling the stomach during hot days.

There is ‘No Rice’ in this recipe, its just used in the name.

‘Curd Rice’ is an extremely popular recipe from the Southern part fo India, where it’s called ‘Thayir Sadam’ / ‘Tayire Chore’ / ‘Daddojanam’ or like ‘Dahi Bhaat’ in Maharashtra or ‘Dahi Chawal’ in the Northern part of India.

Call it by any name, its a super yummy dish and one of our family favorites, especially in summer. It’s an almost ‘no-cook’ recipe except the tempering part (which is optional) and because of this, its made on days when the temperature is soaring and roaring.

My mom and I used to love it a lot and it was one of our ‘comfortfood’ during summer lunchtime. She used to make it right in the morning and keep it in the refrigerator.

As soon I was back home, it was given a fresh tempering on top and that made it extra special cause of it’s aroma and the hot-cold taste.

indian yogurt quinoa recipe

So, I decided to give the famous curd rice a modern twist by adding quinoa to it and adding to it’s nutritious and health benefits like extra protein, vitamins, amino acids, etc.

Hence, you can call it ‘Indian Style Quinoa Yogurt’ or even ‘Quinoa Yogurt Salad’.

Indian Style Quinoa Yogurt Ingredients:

Let’s gather these ingredients to make this deliciousness –

Quinoacook as per package instructions

Chilled Plain Curd (Yogurt) you can use plain room temperature rice too and keep the dish in the fridge

Mixed Fresh VeggiesI’m using carrots, cucumbers, onions, ginger

Mixed Fresh Herbscilantro and curry leaves

Peanutsoptional

Tempering – I’m using split black gram lentil (optional), mustard seeds, sesame seeds, green chillies, whole dry red chilies, whole black pepper, asafoetida, salt & ghee or oil

(Here’s a picture of all the ingredients)

Quinoa-curd-rice-ingredients

How to Make Quinoa Curd Rice:

Once we gather all the above-mentioned ingredients, the recipe is ready in a few minutes and can be divided two parts:

Making the Tempering:

You can make the tempering right now or make it once you have mixed all the ingredients, its totally up to you.

Heat oil in a small pan.

Add lentil, sesame seeds, green chillies, curry leaves, ginger, salt, and aesafotida.

Stir everything and turn off the heat.

 

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Prepare the Quinoa Yogurt Dish:

We start by cooking the quinoa as per packaged instructions (if using raw quinoa). Drain excess water and keep it aside.

Then we wash and clean all the veggies and herbs. 

Chop the veggies in similar bite-size pieces except ginger, we will grate it.

Then, we chop the herbs and keep everything aside.

Then take a large bowl and add cooked quinoa, chopped veggies, roasted peanuts, and chopped herbs.

Now add chilled yogurt and mix everything together.

Now, pour the prepared tempering generously on top of the dish and decorate with chopped cilantro and carrots (optional).

Serve immediately or you can store it in fridge for later.

quinoa yogurt indian style recipe

Serving Suggestions:

I usually like to have quinoa curd recipe as is but you can add these sides along with it:

Sweet – Spicy Mango Pickle

Sweet Spicy Chutney

Papodams

More Fresh Veggies

indian yogurt quinoa recipe

This fusion dish retains the comforting essence of curd rice while offering enhanced nutritional benefits.

It is a versatile recipe that can be easily customized to suit individual tastes and dietary requirements and size of gatherings.

quinoa yogurt salad

So, the next time you crave something comforting yet wholesome, give quinoa curd rice a try.

It’s a simple, nutritious, and delicious way to enjoy the flavors of traditional South Indian cuisine with a modern, health-conscious twist.

 

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Quinoa Curd Rice - Indian Style Quinoa Yogurt

easy quinoa curd rice - indian quinoa yogurt recipe

Quinoa Curd Rice - Indian Style Quinoa Yogurt: healthy, delicious, holistic, and quick Indian-inspired quinoa recipe using chilled yogurt/curd along with fresh carrots, cucumber, onions, ginger and tempered with Indian seasoning. Perfect for cold meals, school/office lunch boxes and picnics. Makes a great post-yoga meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Quinoa * check notes
  • 1 Cup Chilled Plain Curd (Yogurt) - you can use plain room temperature rice too and keep the dish in the fridge
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp roasted peanuts - crushed

Mixed Fresh Veggies:

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 inch fresh ginger - grated

Mixed Fresh Herbs:

  • 6-7 stalks of cilantro
  • 1 stalk curry leaves

Tempering:

  • 1 tbsp small mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp split black gram lentil (can skip)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (can skip)
  • 2 whole dry red chilies
  • 3-4 whole black pepper
  • 1 pinch asafatida,
  • salt
  • 2 small green chillies - thinly chopped
  • 1 tbsp ghee or any light oil

Decoration/Garnish:

  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp grated carrots

Instructions

Making the Tempering:

You can make the tempering right now or make it once you have mixed all the ingredients, its totally up to you.

  • Heat oil in a small pan.
  • Add lentil, sesame seeds, green chillies, curry leaves, ginger, salt, and aesafotida.
  • Stir everything and turn off the heat.

Prepare the Quinoa Yogurt Dish:

  1. We start by cooking the quinoa as per packaged instructions (if using raw quinoa). Drain excess water and keep it aside.
  2. Then we wash and clean all the veggies and herbs. 
  3. Chop the onions and cucumber into bite-size pieces. keep aside
  4. Grate the carrots and ginger separately. keep aside
  5. Then, we chop the herbs and keep everything aside.
  6. Take a large bowl and add cooked quinoa, chopped veggies, grated veggies, roasted peanuts, and chopped herbs.
  7. Now add chilled yogurt and mix everything.
  8. Now, pour the prepared tempering generously on top of the dish and decorate with chopped cilantro and carrots (optional).
  9. Serve immediately or you can store it in the fridge for later.

Notes

* Mixed Veggies: you can use other veggies of choice like zucchini, colorful peppers, colorful carrots, raw cabbage, etc.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 9g

18 Replies to "Quinoa Curd Rice - Indian Style Quinoa Yogurt"

  • Dennis June 3, 2024 (12:05 am)

    What a healthy and delicious-looking salad. I would love to give it a try.

    • Molly Kumar June 3, 2024 (4:11 am)

      Absolutely, looking forward to you making it ~ Thanks, Molly

  • Lori The Kitchen Whisperer June 2, 2024 (9:01 pm)

    I love new and unique recipes! This is so colorful and looks so simple to make! I’ve added the ingredients to my grocery list. I can’t wait to make this, this week!

    • Molly Kumar June 3, 2024 (4:21 am)

      Awee, thats awesome❤️ Thank you Lori – hugs, Molly

  • Ramona June 2, 2024 (1:45 pm)

    This was a very intriguing recipe that I had to try! I had it for breakfast and it filled me up past lunch time. It is a nutritional and delicious recipe, serving as a healthy substitute for many other breakfast options!

    • Molly Kumar June 3, 2024 (4:23 am)

      So glad you liked it and made it. Thanks, Molly🥰

  • Kathryn June 1, 2024 (1:51 pm)

    So many flavors and textures in this. I bet this would be an amazing summer dish so I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much!

  • Ashley June 1, 2024 (9:22 am)

    Such an interesting recipe and a great way to use up any “on the way out” veggies from the fridge. Gorgeous too!

    • Molly Kumar June 3, 2024 (4:28 am)

      Absolutely true and especially for kids, we can hide the veggies🥰 Thanks, Molly

  • Elaine May 30, 2024 (8:13 am)

    I recently tried this and it was really good! The quinoa added a nice texture, and it made for a light, healthy meal. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

    • Molly Kumar June 3, 2024 (4:24 am)

      Yaay, so glad you made and loved it, Thanks – Molly🥰

  • Veronika May 28, 2024 (9:08 pm)

    Loved this quinoa curd rice! It’s almost like a savory quinoa oatmeal. I often make quinoa salads but they’re always too dry so this was perfect! It had great flavor and it was easy to make.

    • Molly Kumar June 3, 2024 (4:25 am)

      Thank you for making my recipe and yes, the yogurt makes it really creamy. Thanks- Molly

  • Catalina May 28, 2024 (5:05 pm)

    I tried your Quinoa Curd Rice and it was absolutely delicious! The creamy yogurt with the fluffy quinoa was such a refreshing combination. It’s a perfect light and healthy meal for any day.

  • Bernice May 27, 2024 (8:10 pm)

    Such an interesting dish! I love all the contrasting textures and the flavours were amazing. Definitely a great dish for summer lunches.

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