Quinoa With Taste of India and Arugula

Healthy and of course gluten-free quinoa with vegetables, arugula leaves and one special ingredient. Very quick and easy dinner or lunch for picnic.

Quinoa With Taste of India and Arugula

So … Here we are! The famous/not so famous Quinoa.

I mean, there are 3 kinds of people. The people who don’t even know quinoa, people who do know but never have tasted it and people who do know quinoa and love it so much. I hope I’m right. At least I think that’s how it is.

Me personally I was in that team where people don’t even know that quinoa exists. What the heck is quinoa??And then I started to be curious about quinoa. I didn’t know what to think about it (not to mention the word Quinoa). I wanted to try it, taste it.

So one day I saw this famous Quinoa in the Health Food Store and I thought: ,,Ok, I’ll buy it”. I got home and looked at the new bought quinoa siting on the kitchen table and my thoughts were: ,,what am I supposed to do with you?”I had No clue. Non.

You know those moments when you buy something interesting in the shop and then at home you have No Idea what to do with that thing? Or you don’t know any recipe for that thing?Most people then sit by a computer or take their phone and Google it.But not me. Not this time. I know I was surprised too.The whole quinoa recipe what I was making that day for lunch it just came up in the moment. I don’t know how.

But to be honest I did googled. I just googled ,,How to cook quinoa”. Because this I rather googled than have a pan full of something gross looking or something black with that terrible burned smell. You know what I’m talking about. We all been there, right? Don’t worry, here is no place to judge.

And that was all I googled. Everything else just came up in the moment. After long time of cooking from some new recipes that I found, this one was spontaneous and finally mine. And after it was done and I tasted it, I was so proud of it.

I have put few things on a table what I can cook the quinoa with. The few things what I found were:

  • frozen corn
  • frozen peas
  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • small onion

And the most important thing is TURMERIC! I have given the quinoa some new – weird – good – indian-ish taste. It was kind of odd. But people trust me, It tastes delicious!All the vegetables together in the quinoa are so good. But with the Turmeric it’s Spits bringing – awesome.

Don’t blame me, I love indian food. Guiltyyy …

Quinoa With Taste of India and Arugula

Quinoa with taste of India and Arugula

Print Recipe
By Serves: 2-3 Cooking Time: 30-35 Minutes


  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup frozen Corn
  • ½ Zucchini (about 1 cup)
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh carrots
  • ½ cup frozen Green beans
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 small Onion
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • pinch of Black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp Turmeric
  • 1-2 cups Arugula



Put all the frozen vegetables together and soak them with boiled water. Let them aside for a while to get soft.


Very carefully wash the quinoa with water. You can wash it in a bowl or use a sifter. Drain the quinoa and place it into small pot. Turn on the heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, black pepper, turmeric and stir well. Add 2 cups of water and bring it to boil. When the water starts to boil turn the heat to minimum. Cover the pot and let it cook for about 20 to 25 minutes. Quinoa is done when there is no water left inside.


While the quinoa is cooking heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat in a big pan. Cut the onion and zucchini to small pieces. Add them into the pan and let them fry for 5-6 minutes. Drain the frozen vegetables and add them to the pan. Give it a few gentle stirs and let it fry for a while. Usually it takes me few minutes to fry just until the quinoa is done.


When the quinoa is cooked mix it in a pan with all vegetables. Give it a few gentle stirs so that everything is well combined.


Now cut the tomatoes to small pieces and add them into the quinoa. Gently stir. Serve it to the bowl with few leaves of arugula. Vuala 🙂

Quinoa With Taste of India and Arugula

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