The side dish that works with so many cuisines. This Turmeric Quinoa works well with Indian food, for falafal night or with a sheet pan of roasted veggies. It is a twist on just cooking plain rice or quinoa on the side of a main dish. The turmeric and other spices add a bit more flavor to complete your meals.
Notes on the ingredients for Turmeric Quinoa:
Quinoa: White or red quinoa should be fine. You can probably make this dish with rice instead of quinoa but I have not tried the proportions of the all of the ingredients so I cannot guarantee how it will come out. Will try it and add a link to this recipe soon! Please sign up for my newsletter and follow me on Instagram for updates. (@lovely.lentils on Instagram).
Turmeric: Use ground turmeric and use the full amount. Do not use less but a little more should be fine.
Garlic Powder: You can probably use a similar amount of fresh minced garlic for a stronger garlic flavor but the results will be a bit different. Garlic powder and garlic cloves are not exact substitutes and different flavor elements to recipes. However, adding fresh garlic to a savory recipe is usually never wrong so add some if that is what you have.
Onion Powder: Again, like the garlic powder, onion powder also adds a different flavor element to recipes than fresh chopped onion. If you want to add fresh chopped onion instead, the proportions of spices may be a bit different. If you do not have onion powder, skip it or add a 1/2 tsp extra garlic powder.
Salt: Add a bit more than recipe if that is to your taste.
Olive Oil: Olive oil always makes everything taste better and goes with different cuisines.
Turmeric Quinoa Pairs With:
This dish pairs with so many cuisines and dishes. Some ideas are:
Falafal Night: Make your favorite falafal recipe and a couple sides and serve over this Instant Pot Yellow Turmeric Quinoa for a healthier alternative to pita. If you have leftover quinoa from this recipe, try our Vegan Falafel Burger for the Grill or Stovetop. https://lovelylentils.com/vegan-falafel-burger-for-the-grill-or-stovetop/,
Sheet Pan Recipes: Most sheet pan veggies will be a perfect topper for this quinoa. Try our Vegan Sausage Sheet Pan with this dish. https://lovelylentils.com/vegan-sausage-sheet-pan-trader-joes-kale-gnocchi-delicata-squash/
Indian Food: Turmeric is of course a key ingredient of Indian cuisine so this Instant Pot Yellow Turmeric Quinoa is a perfect match with most Indian curries, sabjis and dals. Try this recipe with our:
Masala Chaat Smashed Potatoes: https://lovelylentils.com/masala-chaat-smashed-potatoes/
Weeknight Tomato Chickpea Curry: https://lovelylentils.com/weeknight-tomato-chickpea-curry/
Yellow Quinoa | Turmeric Quinoa
- 1 Cup Quinoa Rinsed
- 1 1/2 Cup Water
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Salt Or to taste.
- 2 Tsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro or Parsley Optional for mixing in or less for garnish.
- 1 Tsp Ground Turmeric
- Add all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir well.
- Put the lid on the Instant Pot and twist shut. Make sure setting is not on Vent.
- Set the Instant Pot to Manual and set to 5 minutes.
- Once the Instant Pot is done cooking, use quick release.
- Mix in cilantro or parsley if desired before serving.