Yeah… we are in the Quinoa decade!
Well through the last decade, we all saw the emergence of the “healthy food choices” generation. From being a new trend, healthy choices became the norm of the food scene. It’s become a way of life. Well still not for all, but for enough people to create a boom of health food blogs, healthy cafes, and healthy options even in the not so health places to eat : )
Today, even when people are eating out they want to put something healthy in their body. Well it’s also the best time to do it, because you have so many options where even your cheat eats are made into a healthy version. One food that emerged as a great healthy substitute is Quinoa. These days whenever I am eating in a healthy restaurant there is always some quinoa salad recipes to choose from.
Quinoa salad recipes are surely a front runner on the healthy food scene. However, it may amaze you to know that there are historical evidences that the people of America domesticated Quinoa between 3000-5000 yrs BCE. Even before its domestication Quinoa was used as a main source of food by Peru and Bolivia. Who knew thousands of years ago that the yester civilization were sowing the grain of future for the generation Y and the ones to come ahead.
Giving the Quinoa salad recipes an Indian twist
With the health mania Quinoa salad recipes have become the order of the day. It is probably one of the most popular choices for a salad base. Also, it’s a an extremely popular substitute for several rice, pasta or noodle recipes. I too follow this food in fashion (for all right reasons) in a lot of my India recipes like pulao, biryani or Upma. Today I am sharing with you my heathy recipe for Quinoa Upma, that is also quick to make and full of veggies. Upma is a traditional breakfast dish from south India that is prepared in different versions with rawa, bread, vermicelli, oats etc. Our version of Upma (with white quinoa) is an ideal “quick to prepare lunch” and a “perfect box meal” for picnics or a full day of work.
Try the quinoa goodness with a traditional Indian slurp!