695. Garlicky Broccoli Quinoa

September 14, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Kenyans get affected by the elections whenever they come by every 5 years… more precisely in the past decade or so. People now have a voice and make their opinions known to the public. Kenya went through its elections in Aug and the ruling party Jubilee won. The opposition took the matter to the Supreme Court and it ruled in their favor and so re – election of the President will take place again on Oct 17th (a case of rigging votes). While I praise the judiciary system for being fair and just, I’m more concerned about how the economy comes to a sluggish pace during the election year.

During this morning’s East FM program, the RJs didn’t know whether to lament or feel joy as Kenyan are on the longest ‘holiday’ ever. Before the elections speculations of violence and disturbance made people travel to their homes and villages. This affected the business community and generally all the Kenyans.Once the elections were over everyone thought ‘Ok lets get down to some serious work’ and before that could be put into action the court ruling came. So again we are on a go slow till 17th October. Hardly a month or so will pass and everyone will be in the Independence Day, Christmas and New Year holiday mood. So that ends 2017.

Oct 17th means that this year no fireworks will be allowed during the Diwali days. Don’t know if we will be able to celebrate Diwali at a community level or will everyone just stay home and celebrate. It all depends on how the election process goes. I’m baffled that the so called 44th Tribe of Kenya that’s the Asians have not raised a voice of holding the election during the Diwali days. Or do we think that elections on auspicious day is the best. But for whom? Lets wait and watch.

My 12th Protein Rich Dish is again the super grain quinoa and broccoli. For the benefits of quinoa please check out my post on Nectarine and French Beans Quinoa Salad. The other protein rich ingredient is broccoli. Yes you heard that right. 1 cup of broccoli gives us 5.7g of protein. Besides being rich in protein its packed with Calcium,Vitamins K and C, zinc, selenium and beta carotene. My family and I enjoyed this protein rich dish as a light meal.

Protein sources in this recipe are quinoa, broccoli and cheese

By no means am I claiming or supporting any sort of fad diet that are the latest craze in the fitness world. I’m just trying to include non meat non fish dishes from which you can get your protein source. 



Serves 4

1 cup quinoa
1 large head(about 500g) broccoli
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tsp chilli paste
2 tbsp lime juice
½ cup chopped fresh coriander
½ cup chopped spring onion
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
½ tsp coarse pepper powder

  1. Put the quinoa in a sieve or strainer and wash it several times under running water.
  2. Put 1 cup water and quinoa in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook till the quinoa is done.
  4. In the meantime prepare the broccoli. Cut it into small florets.
  5. Put the broccoli in a microwavable bowl. Add 1-2 tbsp of water. Cook the broccoli on high for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Alternately, bring a pan of water to boil. Add the broccoli florets. Let ti cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove the broccoli from the boiling water. It should be cooked but not too soft.
  7. Let the broccoli cool down a bit.
  8. Put the broccoli in a food processor and pulse it into a coarse mixture.
  9. Heat oil in a wide pan.
  10. Saute the garlic and chili paste for a while.
  11. Add the broccoli and stir fry it for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Add the quinoa and mix. Let the mixture become hot, stirring it frequently.
  13. Add salt, pepper, spring onion, coriander , lime juice and parmesan cheese. Mix it very well.
  14. Serve immediately with extra lime wedges.
  • Add other veggies like peas, corn, carrots etc if you like.
  • Don’t over cook the broccoli and the quinoa.
  • Can top it with a few slices of burnt garlic if you like.
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  • Sapana Behl

    September 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    That garlic flavor must have been amazing with broccoli and quinoa. Love reading your political views about Kenyan election. I wish you get to celebrate Diwali outdoors with your community.

  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    September 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I hope things get settled down soon before Diwali. This broccoli quinoa sounds delicious. Love that idea of grated broccoli and with parm cheese yummmm

  • Sowmya :)

    September 15, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Hope you get to celebrate Diwali Mayuri. As for the dish, it looks beautiful. Broccoli and quinoa sound like an interesting combination. Must try it soon

  • Gayathri Kumar

    September 15, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I guess politics are the same everywhere. Very interesting read. That garlic flavoured quinoa and broccoli looks awesome.

  • Srivalli

    September 15, 2017 at 4:43 am

    That bowl looks amazing, and you have presented very well!..hope things settle down soon for you…

    1. Seema Sriram

      September 18, 2021 at 7:51 pm

      This recipe is not only easy but perfect for my lunch box. I love that the broccoli has just stayed green and the quinoa perfect to the bite.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 18, 2021 at 8:30 pm

        Thank you so much Seema. I hate to over cook broccoli. I cook it enough that it still has a bite. Yes this quinoa dish is perfect for your lunch box.

  • Archana Potdar

    September 15, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I too hope things settle down Mayuri. I like the way you have treated the broccoli. Maybe be the younger one will eat broccoli this way.

  • Priya Suresh

    September 15, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Extremely inviting and both broccoli and quinoa are my favourite, what a beautiful dish to try, bookmarking Mayuri.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    September 15, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Healthy indeed. Love the garlicky flavor in it!! and quinoa with broccoli makes it a real healthy bowl 🙂

  • Nalini's Kitchen

    September 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    It must a flavorful dish with the addition of garlic,a healthy meal option.

  • Anlet Prince – Annslittlecorner

    September 15, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Anything with Quinoa am for it. Broccoli and quinoa is a real protein blast.

  • rajani

    September 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Hurray for the judicial system but it's the common man whose life gets affected…again.

    Coming to the dish that looks like a colorful and filling meal.

  • Kalyani

    September 21, 2017 at 11:46 am

    3 of our family favourite ingredients – broccoli, quinoa and lemon ! 4 actually , incl garlic 🙂 this is such a clever idea, Mayuri 🙂

  • Ruchi Indu

    September 29, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Very interesting read. Politics are the same everywhere I guess. Very colorful and healthy meal.

  • Padmajha PJ

    October 12, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Hope you are able to celebrate diwali as usual! Nice dish with quinoa. I have never tried it like this..

  • Archana

    January 25, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Hey! I love this delicious garlicky broccoli quinoa salad! It sounds so very delicious and filling and yet simple to make. I will definitely try making it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, its a good way to include broccoli in your diet.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    June 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Broccoli is a happy veggie at my place and I personally love quinoa. So this garlic flavored Broccoli quinoa would make a lovely meal for me. Thanks for the share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 26, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you Poonam, try it out as it is really tasty.

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