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Delicious Curry Quinoa with Veggies Recipe

This Curry Quinoa with Veggies is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy curry with quinoa instead of rice. It's easy to prep and comes together in minutes!
Curry quinoa with veggies recipe

My family and I have been eating this curry quinoa with veggies for the past couple of months now, and it is literally the best thing we’ve had since sliced bread. 

If you are thinking of cooking curry with quinoa instead of rice as a way to get some extra protein in your diet, this is the recipe for you. 

This takes roughly 15 minutes to prepare, and it pairs really well with a variety of dishes.

You can toss it in salads, add it as a side to any protein of your choice, or just eat it by itself. 

Either way, you can expect a meal that is packed with so much flavor and takes little time to prepare. 

Ingredients for Curry quinoa with veggies

Ingredients for Curry Quinoa with Veggies

Quinoa: Any type of quinoa will work for this recipe. However, make sure you rinse your quinoa to remove the saponin. This will ensure you get all that good flavor in your dish.

Oil: I used avocado oil because of its many benefits, but feel free to use your own oil of choice.

Bone Broth: I LOVE the many health benefits of bone broth, so I try as much as possible to incorporate it in my meals. However, another great alternative that I enjoy when I’m eating plant based will be vegetable broth. Also feel free to use chicken broth or beef broth if that’s what you have in your kitchen. 

Curry: I used to cook quinoa without adding curry, and I never really enjoyed it. Introducing this simple ingredient has completely transformed the dish for me. Curry works wonders, intensifying the flavor of quinoa in a really nice way.

Mixed Vegetables: For this recipe, I used frozen carrots, green peas and corn. You can typically find this in the frozen section at several grocery stores. 

Salt: To taste.

Black pepper: To taste.

Thyme: This adds a nice earthy flavor to the dish. I often use thyme to make several of my rice dishes and find that it pairs well with quinoa. 

Curry quinoa with veggies in a pot

How to make curried quinoa with vegetables

This curried quinoa comes together in a short amount of time. To ensure you get the best tasting curry quinoa with veggies, follow these steps.

Step 1: Temper the curry 

temper the curry

Heat three tablespoons of oil in a pot on medium heat and add the curry. Fry the curry for about 60 seconds, stirring continuously to avoid burning. Doing this helps to evenly distribute the flavor of the curry throughout the dish. 

Step 2: Add the mixed veggies and seasonings

adding the mixed vegetables and seasonings for curried quinoa

After tempering the curry, add your mixed veggies (corn, peas, carrots) as well as your thyme and black pepper. Stir well to combine. 

Step 3: Add the quinoa and broth

adding the quinoa and broth

Rinse your quinoa thoroughly under lukewarm water to remove any remaining saponin. Add the rinsed quinoa to the pot, combining it with the mixed vegetables. 

Pour in the bone broth and stir well to ensure everything is evenly mixed.

Step 4: Add salt and leave to cook 

adding salt and mixing for curried quinoa

Season the mixture with salt to taste, stirring to incorporate. Cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. 

Allow the quinoa to cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the broth has been absorbed. Fluff the quinoa with a fork before serving, and enjoy your flavorful, nutrient-packed dish.

Serving your curry quinoa with veggies

Make sure you serve your curry quinoa with veggies hot, topped with some fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley for that added layer of freshness. 

You can pair it with a side of greek yogurt, mashed avocado or a dollop of raita to balance out the spices and add a cooling layer. 

Curry quinoa with veggies recipe close up

If you want a heartier meal, consider adding a protein such as grilled chicken, tofu, salmon or chickpeas. 

I love to make this into a Buddha bowl, and top it with avocado, roasted cashews, salmon, salsa and a drizzle of hot sauce. And it tastes so good each time!

Refrigeration and Storage

To store your curry quinoa with veggies, let it cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. 

If you want longer storage you can freeze it in individual portions for up to a month. However, for the best flavor and texture, refrigeration is ideal. I recommend consuming the quinoa within the same week it’s prepared to enjoy it at its freshest.

Let me know if you give this curried quinoa a try!

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Curry Quinoa with Veggies

This easy and delicious curry quinoa with veggies is the perfect way to enjoy curry with quinoa instead of rice, adding a nutritious and delicious twist to your meal.
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Eleanor

Ingredients

  • cup quinoa
  • 2 cups bone broth - or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp oil - i used avocado oil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsps curry powder
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables - diced carrots, peas, and corn

Instructions

  • Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold water for about 2 minutes. This helps remove the natural coating that can make quinoa taste bitter.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the curry powder and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, until fragrant.
  • Add the mixed vegetables to the saucepan with the tempered curry. Sauté the vegetables until they are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in the black pepper and dried thyme, allowing the flavors to come together for about 1-2 minutes
  • Add the rinsed quinoa to the saucepan and stir to combine with the vegetables and spices. Pour in the bone broth, then add the salt.
    Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid and is tender.
  • Once the quinoa is cooked, fluff it with a fork. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

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    1. Not really, you could, but keep in mind that you might need to adjust the liquid and cooking time. Also, I find that farro is best cooked bland (like white rice or brown rice) due to its nutty texture. But hey, you can always experiment.

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