Quinoa Upma

Not your usual upma ~ Quinoa Upma


Quinoa pronounced as Keen-wah protein is a seed that has a crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. It is an ancient grain native to South America. It gives great stamina and used in ancient times by warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. It is a well balanced grain making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. So, today we have quinoa upma.

Recipe: (for 4 people)

2 1/2 cups quinoa
1 carrot diced
1 bell pepper chopped
1 medium onion diced
< 1/4 cup corn
1 medium potato diced
1 green chili or per taste chopped
1/2 tsp haldi powder
1 tsp red chili powder or per taste
1/2 lime or lemon juice or per taste
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ghee
2 tsp rye
Dhania (herb) for garnish

Vegetables for upma

Wash quinoa well and soak it for an hour, then heat ghee and toast quinoa for a few minutes, then pressure cook it with 1 & 1/2 times water for each cup i.e., 1 : 1 & 1/2. In the mean time, heat oil, add rye and let it splutter. Now add onions and sauté until translucent. Add potatoes, carrot and let it cook. Cover with a lid if needed. When the vegetables are almost done, add bell pepper, corn , haldi, chili powder salt, lime juice, mix well. Cool the quinoa a little bit after cooking then mix it with the vegetables. Garnish with lots of dhania before serving. Tastes heavenly and packed with protein, fiber and many more essential nutrients.

Quinoa Upma served for Eat Healthy – Fiber Rich

NOTE: The reason to cool quinoa a little is because otherwise they tend to get a bit mushy.

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124 Responses to Quinoa Upma

  1. ranji says:

    Quinoa??never heard of it..looks good..have to try..

  2. Srivalli says:

    looks so pretty!

  3. Madhuram says:

    As usual a different recipe from you Priya. I have tried quinoa in soups, but not as upma. Will try it definitely. Have you tried couscous upma, that’s also very good!

  4. Madhavi says:

    Looks awesome, very nice recipe. Thanxxxx for sharing!!!

  5. Maya says:

    Upma looks just great !!

  6. ruchii says:

    Nice info on Quinoa, and very colourful healthy upma, would love to try this sometimes Priya.

  7. arundathi says:

    do you have to soak the quinoa ahead? thats a lot of great info – thanks!

  8. bhags says:

    nice recipe and thanks for introducing to quinoa

  9. sushma says:

    Hi never tasted this before but loks so pretty. reminds me of sabudana khichidi

  10. sia says:

    i just bought a bag of quinoa 2 days bk and was planning to use it in salad and soups. guess i might just change my mind now. upma looks wonderful.

  11. rachel says:

    Great presentation

  12. easycrafts says:

    Never tried this before…you say this is rich in fiber, why not send it to the eat healthy, fiber rich event

  13. 365DaysVeg says:

    Thank you Ranji, Srivalli, Madhuram, Madhavi, Maya Ruchii, Arundathi, Bhags, Sushma, Sia, Rachel, Easycrafts for your thoughtful comments every single time.
    I have been very busy with work off late hence I am not updating my posts often like before.
    Hopefully this is only temporary. I hope you all doing well.

  14. Lisa says:

    quinoa, Oh yes.

  15. Vaishali says:

    Priya, I often make quinoa and love it, but never would’ve thought of making an upma- that’s a wonderful idea and it looks delicious. I am sure going to try it.
    I got back from India recently and have been slow catching up with my emails and getting back to blogging, but wanted to thank you for the lovely yummy blog award: that was so kind of you, and I truly appreciate it.

  16. shriya says:

    Priya, you have a surprise waiting in my blog.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks Shriya for the surprise. That was so sweet of you.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks so much Shriya.

    • srinivas says:

      Please reply
      Where is Quinoa is sold in india
      What is the name in under which it is sold in india[Brand Name]
      What is the approx price
      How does it look in colour and grain size etc
      I want to buy it in bangalore in a departmental store.
      I tried but no one knows about this wonderful grain

  17. sangeeth says:

    wow! greatentry…lovely pics…thanks dear…

  18. suku says:

    I am regular on u r website.
    It is really awesome.
    Very nice recipes
    tried several
    I want to try this quinoa upma.
    Can u please let me know where i can find it baltimore or can get from any other source.
    Thank you

  19. wanitha ashok says:

    Hey guys ! Now quinoa is available in India thank God for that!!I am so hooked to it now..Earlier i was sorcing it from outside and now guess what I am the distributer for Quinoa.
    … what great nutrition……I have been using Quinoa from 6 months now and i swear by this wonder grain…people have noticed the change in my complextion!!!….
    I would say just like Dal this grain is a must in ones daily diet..
    write to me if u want to buy Quinoa!

  20. sangitapawar25 says:

    nice recipe and presentation also.

  21. Pr says:

    Hi Please let us know where i do i get this Quinoa in US?

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      You will get it in all super markets such as Safeway, Trader Joes, Whole Foods etc Pr.

      • Homer says:

        In the US, quinoa should be available at many grocery stores, including Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods. In Canada, it should be available at Loblaws, Whole Foods and Bulk Barn. I have found that quinoa is reasonably priced at Trader Joe’s, more so than Safeway at least.

        Thanks for the recipe!

      • 365DaysVeg says:

        Thanks Homer for the wonderful info and I am glad you like the recipe.

  22. Mehta S D says:

    Sounds very interesting, can some let me know where I can get it in India, Bangalore to be specific.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks so much Mehta SD. I have no idea where you can find in India. Bangalore being such a metro city these days I am sure you will find it in big departmental store chains. If I come across it in my trip soon to Bangalore, I will surely email you personally.

  23. neha says:

    I really like your blog..I am also from Rajasthan and love cooking and eating 🙂
    I have been making Qunioa salad ever since I discovered in it trader joes..But yesterday I tried this upma and it came out so well..My husband loved it as well and he told me to def leave a comment here..
    I have tried few other things from your website like veg puffs,sphagetti with bread crumbs and fruit custard and all recipe are v good.
    Keep up with the good work!!!

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thank you very much Neha. I am so happy to know that you have tried the recipe and it came out well. Afterall this is what makes me happy; to hear from people like you. And most of all, your husband liked it too. That’s awesome.

  24. Tara R says:

    Urgent please. What is Kannada name for QUINOA? Where it is available in Bangalore?

    • 365DaysVeg says:


      Thanks for checking out the recipe. Unfortunately I do not live in Bangalore and do not know kannada. But I am sure that Bangalore being a big city you should be able to find it big shops such as Reliance or any other grocery chain. I hope this helps.

  25. Shilpa says:

    Hi I read about this Quinoa upma. It looks really tempting, also bcoz of it’s healthy nature. Can u please tell me where can I buy Quinoa? In Pune.

  26. sneha says:

    where can i find quinoa in bglr ?

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Sneha, I am so sorry that I am clueless as of where to find Quinoa in Bangalore. If I come across, I will surely email you about it.

  27. YOu can buy Quinoa from me . I am put up in Bnaglore and I can courier to anywhere in India.Its grown in South America and I import it from France..its white Organic Quinoa and its sold at 500 Rs for half a Kg. mail me on wanithaashok@gmail.com for more details.

  28. anita says:

    Where can I purchase this Quinoa in Pune?

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks Anita for checking out the recipe. I am sorry that I am not sure of where to buy quinoa in Pune. But if you read one of the reader’s comments just above your, Wanitha Ashok, she seems to supply Quinoa. You may contact her directly for further inquiries.

  29. harpreet says:

    sounds great n would like to try it how can i get it

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Harpreet thanks for your comments. If you are residing in the US pretty much it is found everywhere from Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Whole Foods etc. I am not aware of where it is found in India. I am sure it is found in other countries too. I hope this helps.

  30. Yathiraj says:

    Where quinoa is avilable in Bangalore

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Sorry Yathiraj,

      I am unaware where it is available. But you can see one of the commenter has mentioned that she has it. may be you can email and ask her where it is available. I apologize that I am unable to provide further information. But when I relocate (which I am sure I will) to Bangalore, I will surely post a comment when I come across in Bangalore 🙂

  31. Pranav says:

    whre do i buy quinoa frm? i am currently staying in pune…

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Pranav, I am so sorry that I am truly unaware where to buy in Pune. if any of the readers come across, I will let you know.

  32. abhineet says:

    i am unaware where it is available in mumbai. can you mail me places where i can get quinoa in mumbai

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Abhineet, I am so sorry that I am truly unaware where to buy in Mumbai. if any of the readers come across, I will let you know.

  33. S K Dhoopar says:

    I live in Delhi India. What is Quinoa called in hindi in Delhi.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Sorry Dhoopar there is no Hindi term as far as I know for Quinoa. You can see one of my blog commenter below who has access to Quinoa in India. You may want to contact her if needed.

  34. Jules Hallum says:

    When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Is there any manner you can take away me from that service? Thanks!

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Hi Jules, unfortunately I do not control how wordpress blogs operate. You can mark emails from wordpress account or 365daysveg account as spam to avoid seeing any future emails. Sorry this is what I could help.

  35. sarva nagender says:

    where i will get quinoa grains in hyderabad india

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Hi Sarva, I am unsure where to find in Hyderabad. But I do know that its very expensive in India but it is available in big supermarkets. You can also google search on it or see some of my readers comments below who mention about where to find it. Hope this helps.

    • wanitha says:

      In Bangalore it’s available in
      Nilgiris Jayanagar(call on 9916485464)
      Sweet chariot Cafe Jayanagar( Behind Police station)
      Indranagar – Daily Mart ( call on 080 25205599)
      Or you can mail me on wanithaashok@gmail.com and I shall courier it to you anywhere in India

  36. Varun Gupta says:


    Any idea of Hindi name of this “QUINOA”. I have spoken to couple of grocery stores in Delhi…but everyone is asking for hindi name…please advise.
    Email at varun07@hotmail.com

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Hi Varun, Im sorry I am not aware of hindi name. But check out other readers comments. They have mentioned places to find quinoa in India. My sister mentioned that it is sold as quinoa in Bangalore as well.

      • wanithaashok says:

        Hi There,
        I am put up in Bangalore.This product is from South America and it’s not an Indian product.
        It’s Organic White Quinoa and Pre washed.
        Grown in South America and I Import it from France.
        So there is no Indian Name for Quinoa.
        It’s Rs 400 for Half a kg.
        I can courier it to you, if you are not residing in Bangalore or if in Bangalore too.

        Courier charges would be
        North India minimum 1 kg and courier charge is – 130 per kg
        South India – 75 Rs per Kg
        Payment is online deposit with Canara Bank

        In Bangalore it’s available in
        Nilgiris Jayanagar(call on 9916485464) Sweet chariot Cafe Jayanagar( Behind Police station)
        Daily mart – 08025205599

        Let me know if u would want, and how much along with your address and cell number. And I shall courier it to you.


  37. wanithaashok says:

    YOu can buy Quinoa from me . I am put up in Banglore and I can courier to anywhere in India.Its grown in South America and I import it from France..its white Organic Quinoa and its sold at 500 Rs for half a Kg. mail me on wanithaashok@gmail.com for more details.

  38. Riya says:

    Hello is this good for children above 2years

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Sorry Riya I don’t have enough knowledge to comment on this but you can certainly google search or if I come across will post another comment

  39. vishal says:

    I m located near mangalore,India. How much r u selling quinoa for ( per kg)?

    • wanithaashok says:

      Hi there,
      Sorry for the delay in replying.
      I sure can supply Quinoa. But right now I dont have the stock .If u can connect to me in next 2 weeks I shall be able to give u the pricing and supply too

  40. Kumar says:

    Hi every one, am Kumar from Hyderabad. after going through this blog i came to know the importance of Quinoa, i am very much intrested now, Could you please suggest where should i get Quinoa in Hyderabad. Thanks in advance

  41. Aayush chauhan says:

    Pls help find quinoa in Chandigarh or panchkula in India

  42. Aayush chauhan says:

    Pls help find quinoa in Chandigarh or panchkula.

  43. geetha harish says:

    it will be really very nice if you can post your recipes in facebook and we get the notification as and when u post.

    • Pia says:

      Thank you Geetha for your suggestion. You can subscribe to my post and will be able to recieve updates on my blog I’m not in the country for sometime hence there is a long gap in my posts too

  44. Surajit Roy says:

    Pls help find quinoa in Kolkata in India

    • Pia says:


      I do not live in India. I really wish I could help find it. But you can see several users have this question in my comments section and there are some people who have answered your question. Sorry I am not able to give you an exact store.

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