Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

I have a new obsession. Actually. Not completely knew.

I have been obsessed with it for the past 6 months. At first, I didn’t know if I would like it. Cause it looked like a seed. But when its cooked, it blooms to almost barley-like. We first only had the white ones. But recently we had a new addition of red ones. Equally delicious. Equally healthy! Have you guessed it yet? QUINOA of course! (:

I think adding the red ones makes it look much prettier don’t you think? hehe

Something I LOVE to have with my quinoa is stews. Anything with gravy really. It goes like two peas in a pod! Even better than rice, in my opinion. My mum would probably say otherwise, especially when having my grandma’s pig trotters. haha It’s been done and tested. But, I prefer it with quinoa. Personal preference I suppose.

Anyway! One of my favourite ways of cooking quinoa is cooking a mixture of mushrooms on the side and stirring it into the cooked quinoa and that to me is a complete meal! I could have that everyday. haha Just saying (: Obsession to a whole new level. oops.

Before stirring it in!

For photo-taking purposes, I’ve placed the mushroom on top of the quinoa and have not mixed it together yet. haha Of course, you don’t have to mix it in. It will still be equally delicious, I promise!

So here’s my favourite recipe! Hope you guys will like it as much as I do!

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa (an original recipe)

Ingredients :

1/2 cup quinoa (cook according to the package, take off heat once it’s cooked)

1 tbs olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (this can be altered to your liking)

300g fresh mushrooms, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup water

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp garlic salt

freshly ground black pepper

Steps :

1. Cook the quinoa according to your package. It will differ with different brands. It’s either 1 cup of quinoa to 3 cups of water or 2 cups of water. (Please read the cooking instructions carefully! Too much water, and the quinoa might turn mushy, and that wouldn’t be nice anymore.)

2. Add the olive oil to a fry pan and heat over moderate fire. Add the garlic and fry till almost golden brown, careful not to burn them as it will turn bitter.

3. Add the mushrooms and fry for about 3-5 minutes, until the mushrooms starts to soften. Add the chilli powder, garlic salt and pepper.

4. Add water and allow it to cook until all the water has evaporated, stirring occasionally. If mushroom are not soft enough, add a bit more water (1 tbs at a time) and once again allow it to evaporate. (Do make sure the mushrooms are almost completely dry so as to not make the quinoa mushy when stirred together)

5. Add the mushrooms to the quinoa and mix well. Serve!

Enjoy! Remember you can definitely have this on its own or have it with dishes, just like rice! (: Hope you enjoy quinoa as much as I do!

just one more picture, just cause (:

Have a great Friday and weekend ahead everyone!

4 thoughts on “Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

  1. Paul says:

    Thanks for the post, this is such good timing.
    It was only a few days ago I was staring at a large pack of Quinoa in my cupboard. I never really know what to do with it.
    I know you can make tabbouleh with it, but I’ve always preferred to stick to bulgar wheat. I’ll definitely try this mushroom recipe as it looks really tasty, and a nice way to start using Quinoa 🙂

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