Quinoa Fried Rice

The inspiration for this recipes is my all time favorite Veggie Fried Rice, which I can enjoy almost every day. Instead of rice I used quinoa here, so that this meal can be added to low carb healthy meals. As I already mention in previous blog post, quinoa has 15 times lesser carbs than white rice.


Keeping aside the topic of carbohydrates, quinoa has more fiber and protein than rice. Which makes quinoa best friend to weight watchers! And in this recipe we are making it even more nutritious with assorted veggies. 

Do you know Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that contain all nine amino acids and also it is one of the worlds popular health foods.

Quinoa Fried Rice

  • Vegan | Gluten-Free | Refined Sugar-Free | Nut-Free

Prep Time : 10-15 mins

Cook Time : 20 mins

Total Time : 35 mins

Yield : 2-3 servings


1/2 cup Quinoa ( uncooked )

1 tbsp Cumin Seeds

2-3 Garlic Cloves

1/2 onion ( chopped )

1/4 cup chopped Carrots

1/4 cup chopped Beans

1/4 cup Sweet corn kernels

1/4 cup chopped cabbage ( green )


Paprika or Chilli Powder

Biryani Masala ( optional )

  • In a sauce pan, add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup quinoa, close the lid and cook for 10-15 mins on medium flame. When there is no water left, turn off the heat and let the quinoa sit for 5 mins with lid closed. This makes the quinoa fluffy and not sticky. Keep your quinoa aside.

  • In a fry pan, add 1-2 tbsp of cooking oil. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, minced garlic and fry till aroma comes. 

  • Now add chopped onion and fry till onion turns golden brown. Make sure to keep the flame in medium so that no veggies will burn.

  • Add all chopped veggies except corn and fry for 10 mins. When veggies are almost done, add corn and fry for 3-4 mins.

  • Turn flame to low, add cooked quinoa, salt and chilli powder (paprika) to taste. Mix everything well and cook on low flame for 2 mins.

  • Turn off the heat and serve hot with soy yogurt on side.

VARIATIONS : If you can find biryani masala, add 1/2 tsp of it along with salt and chilli powder. There will be a huge flavor difference. And also you can add chopped tofu or tempeh for extra protein. Can add any kind of veggies and nuts!

STORAGE : Keep in a air-tight container and store in refrigerator for 2-3 days. Serve warm!

Hope you enjoyed the recipe and please let me know what you think through comments below!

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