Quinoa Lapsi

September 15, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Quinoa Lapsi is a gluten free version of the traditional Gujarati sweet dish, lapsi. It is not only rich in protein but healthy with the addition of nuts, dried fruits and jaggery. This lapsi is totally suitable for those who follow a gluten free diet or if you want to create a new kind of dessert for your guests. Best enjoyed warm.


As many of you know my blog is not just for recipes but also where I put down my thoughts, events, celebrations, etc. So writing about plastic ban had to be done.

Plastic and The World

Plastic is becoming a mega concern world over as the land and oceans are getting littered with this ‘we love to use it so much’ product. Low production cost, easy to manufacture, versatile,impervious to water, easily moldable, has made this product so popular world over that its used right from pins heads to space ships. It has replaced wood, metal, glass, ceramic, paper, stone, leather, etc.

However, misuse of plastic has caused it to become as one of the major environmental threats to the world. Its alarming that minute particles are making their way to our food. Both land and sea animals are ingesting plastic and this in turn is landing up on our plates.

Kenya and Plastic Ban

From Monday 28th August 2017, Kenya put into action its total ban on plastic bags. A grace period of few weeks was given to the citizens but from now onwards anyone who will manufacture, sell or use plastic bag will be sentenced to jail for 4 years or will be fined $40,000/- Its one of the world’s toughest law on plastic ban. Other African nations to ban plastic bags are Rwanda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Mauritania and Morocco.

I’m all for this ban on plastic bags. I remember years back when my father in law would go to the market to buy fruits and vegetables, no one would give plastic bags. Everything was dumped into the baskets and we would separate it at home. Or sometimes he would carry the cloth bags.

Whenever I go to shop at the supermarket, I would insist that I didn’t want plastic bags and I’d get stared at. It will take a while for the Kenyans to get use to without plastic bags but already people are finding alternatives. Women who weave beautiful baskets or kikapus as they are called, will now earn some money for their handicraft.

A Bit About Quinoa Lapsi

Today’s Protein Rich Dish is a quinoa lapsi. I had to share a Gujarati recipe for this Mega Marathon. However, I’ve already got the usual dokhra, kadhi, khandvi, handvo on my blog so had to think of something different. The whole idea came about when I was craving for some lapsi which I simply love. However, I didn’t have any dalia or cracked wheat at home and then I thought why not use quinoa.

I’m so glad I made this lapsi with quinoa. I loved it. Since a lot of people now  use quinoa on fasting days, this lapsi is surely a sweet treat.

What is Lapsi?

Lapsi is a typical Gujarati sweet made from cracked wheat or dalia, stir fried in ghee. Water is added to cook it and lastly sugar, nuts and cardamom powder are added. We usually make lapsi on auspicious days. Lapsi is made during the start of any festival like Diwali or weddings. My mum would often make lapsi as the whole family loves it.

For this Quinoa Lapsi, I added chopped dried apricots as its the only fruit that is rich in protein. Fresh apricots are not protein rich.I added a bit of ghee to give it that authentic lapsi taste. A bit more healthier than the normal lapsi as in that we use quite a bit of ghee to roast the cracked wheat.

Protein Sources in this recipe are quinoa, dried apricot, nuts and ghee.

My Protein Rich Dishes so far:

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. 


Quinoa Lapsi is a gluten free version of the traditional Gujarati sweet dish, lapsi. It is not only rich in protein but healthy with the addition of nuts, dried fruits and jaggery. This lapsi is totally suitable for those who follow a gluten free diet 
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 6


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2-2½ cups water
  • ¼ cup grated jaggery or jaggery powder
  • 2 tbsp dried apricot finely chopped
  • 1 - 2 tsp ghee optional
  • ¼ cup almonds and pistachios chopped
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder


  • Wash the quinoa in a sieve under running water 3-4 times.
  • Add the quinoa into a saucepan.
  • Add water and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and let the quinoa cook till its done. This will take about 15- 20 minutes.
  • When little water is left in the mixture add the jaggery powder.
  • Stir till the jaggery dissolves.
  • Add the chopped dried apricots.
  • Cook the quinoa till all the water evaporates.
  • Add cardamom powder and chopped nuts.
  • Add ghee on top and mix and serve hot quinoa lapsi with roti and curry. I love to have it on its own.


  • Adding ghee on top is optional.
  • If you don't get dried apricot add raisins. I added them to make it into a protein rich dish.
  • Using less jaggery works well for us, but if you want it sweeter add more.
Keyword gluten free lapsi recipe, quinoa lapsi recipe

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  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    September 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    We have plastic bags ban in CA too. It's really good and I wish they do it India too. Love your recipe and of course the info that your provide. This sweet quinoa with jaggery sounds interesting. Perfect for navratri.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    September 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Love this sweet version of quinoa.. Ghee topping indeed makes it more yummy!!

  • vaishali sabnani

    September 16, 2017 at 12:23 am

    What a cool idea to use quinoa for lapsi ! I love this fusion and will try it asap .
    Here in India too they have kind of banned but they need to take a stern step , but besides government people too need to cooperate .

  • Gayathri Kumar

    September 16, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Very interesting write up Mayuri. Here they start and it goes for some time and then they revert back to using plastic as there are no strict laws. Hope it changes soon. The lapsi with quinoa looks so good. What a healthy twist to ta classical dish!

  • Archana Potdar

    September 16, 2017 at 7:03 am

    We have a ban on plastic bags here but the fine is a miserly 500/- and no one has been fined as yet. Wish it was stiff. The people in the market still think I am a bit crazy because I tell him bag the food in my bag.
    Anyway I love this lapsi and will make it for my snack later it is yum.

  • Priya Suresh

    September 16, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Thats a very smart idea to replace broken wheat in Lapsi, cant wait to try this protein packed lapsi soon.

  • Srivalli

    September 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Very nice twist Mayuri..thats a good one…and you really spend so much time writing..good to read all that!

  • rajani

    September 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    In Trivandrum, where I am from, they have brought in a ban on plastics. People have gone back to the old age system of carrying clothes bag with them when going for shopping.

    NEver tried a sweet dish with quinoa that sounds interesting!

  • Nalini's Kitchen

    September 16, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Quinoa lapsi looks inviting,must be a flavorful one.

  • Anlet Prince – Annslittlecorner

    September 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Anything with quinoa is like a real treat for me.

  • Sowmya :)

    September 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Love reading the intro to all your posts. I learn so much about the happenings at the other side of the world. This quinoa looks fabulous and would have tasted delicious with the apricots.

  • Sapana Behl

    September 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Quinoa lapsi looks like a treat, so delicious 😋. Plastic ban is there in Delhi for quite a few years but still people use and no one fine them.

  • Kalyani

    September 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

    loved ur intro to this post.. plastic ban is here to stay yet people keep using them

    this lapse looks dish

  • Ruchi Indu

    September 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    The problem with plastics is not the usage but the way it is disposed. Well this is my opinion. Nice idea to replace lapsi rava with quinoa

  • Pavani N

    November 16, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Didn't know that Kenya had such tough laws on plastic bags — wish they were that strict here in the US.
    Quinoa lapsi looks and sounds delicious.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    August 13, 2022 at 7:35 am

    5 stars
    What a healthy version of lapsi. I love sweets made with jaggery and cardamom. Desi ghee gives such a lovely taste to it. I must try this as I have tried many other dishes with quinoa. We Sindhis also make lapsi with wheat dalia.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 13, 2022 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Shobha, please do try it. We love it.

  • Neha

    August 15, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    5 stars
    What a pleasant twist you have given to the traditional lapsi. Quite impressive! I liked your idea of adding dried apricots since they are protein rich. Quinoa cooking fever is on! Let me make this one too while my stocks last before I go for a vacation. Nice post! We too are back with jute bags and fancy hand woven bags.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 15, 2022 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you so much Neha. Hope you enjoy the quinoa lapsi… it is different and delicious.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    August 16, 2022 at 6:21 am

    5 stars
    This is a lovely recipe of Lapsi using quinoa. I have quinoa, will be making this one for my family.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 16, 2022 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Jayashree and enjoy.

  • Archana

    August 17, 2022 at 3:15 am

    5 stars
    We have a ban on plastic bags here but the fine is a miserly 500/- and no one has been fined yet. I wish it were stiffer!
    The people in the market still think I am a bit crazy because I tell him to bag the food in my bag.
    Anyway, I love this lapsi. Especially love the use of quinoa to make it. This time when I will fast will make it for my offering to Lord Krishna.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 17, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Since I wrote the blog plastic bags are not used that much in Kenya. For companies that need plastic bags, the gauge is different and they are taxed for usage. Am sure you will enjoy the lapsi, go ahead and try it.

  • Kalyani

    August 21, 2022 at 12:53 am

    5 stars
    I love the rajasthani lapsi made with daliya, but this quinoa lapsi is tempting me more.. huge fan of warm desserts , which are mildly sweet and that apricots is surely a winner here!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 22, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      Kalyani lapsi with daliya is a must make for Gujaratis especially the Patel community as we make it for festivals and occasions like weddings. Am glad you like my quinoa version.

  • Seema Sriram

    August 22, 2022 at 7:49 am

    5 stars
    Quinoa lapsi is a brilliant idea to make for the festival season. It is easy and at the same time healthier, love the presentation too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 22, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. Enjoy when you try the recipe.

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