Quinoa Vegetable Biryani

By Spice Cravings
September 22, 2017
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Author Notes: Full recipe at: https://spicecravings.com...
Bringing best of two worlds together in a pot- Quinoa Vegetable
Biryani!
Quinoa is the perhaps the most popular super food of this decade. It’s a seed (not a grain), which is gluten-free, high in protein, fiber, amino acids and a lot more. Biryani, on the other hand, is an Indian Rice dish, where aromatic basmati rice is cooked with marinated meat or vegetables.

This dish is my effort to bring them both together in a pot- and the result is simply delicious. It’s quick to make, cooks at lightning speed in my Instant Pot, so a big one-pot weeknight hit in my family! It’s easily customizable, you can add your choice of vegetables (I used cauliflower, carrots, green pepper and potato), add paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) to it to bump up the protein (I always do that). Try it for yourself!
Spice Cravings

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min

  • 1 cup quinoa of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/butter/olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic crushed
  • 4 tablespoons whole almonds and cashews
  • 2 cups assorted vegetables of your choice
  • 1 cup paneer, cubed (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Shan Biryani Masala
  • 3 tablespoons fried onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron strands
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and mint
  • 1 cup
    2 tablespoons water


  1. Prep: Cut assorted vegetables of your choice in bite size pieces. Cube paneer in 1/2 inch pieces. Crush 1/2 inch ginger+ 3 garlic cloves and keep aside (if using fresh).
  2. Full recipe at: https://spicecravings.com/quinoa-vegetable-biryani-in-instant-pot

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