Lemon Pulihora


  •   Quinoa 1 cup
  •   Water 1 cup
  •   1/4 cup lemon juice or juice from 1 lemon or 2 limes
  •   Green chilies 3 cut in to pieces
  •   Grated carrot 1/4 cup ( optional)
  •   Finely chopped cilantro 1/4 cup ( optional)
  •   Coarsly crushed dry roasted almonds 1/4 cup
  •   Salt to taste
  •   Turmeric 1/4 tsp.
  •   Oil 2 tbsp.
  •   To tamper ( 1/4 tsp. Mustard seeds , 1 red chili pieces , Urad dal 1 tbsp. , Channa dal 1tsp. , curry leaves 10)


  • 1. Wash and cook quinoa with the ratio of 1:1 quinoa to water , if you want mushy one can double the water quantity on medium heat , till it’s done.
  • 2. Note : we have to wash quinoa 2 to 3 times and let it soak for 15 to 30 mins before cooking, if we do not wash the recipe will become bitter as there is a thin coating on the grain that causes bitter)
  • 3. The dough is ready when it starts to peel off your hands (quinoa flour is little sticky so you need to use the oil to get the flour off your hands)
  • 4. Once cooked allow the cooked quinoa to rest for 5 mins , and fluff it with a fork and move it to a wide serving plate
  • 5. Spread the cooked quinoa and to this mix salt, turmeric, 1 tsp. of oil and lemon juice and adjust the taste.
  • 6. Now mix the chopped coriander, grated carrot and almonds and once agin mix well.
  • 7. Take rest of the oil 1 tbsp. in a pan and heat it, add urad dal, chana dal, red chilies, green chilies, mustard seeds and curry leaves, fry them and add to the prepared quinoa and give a nice mix.
  • 8. Now our lemon quinoa pulihora is ready to be served. Variations: Add grated green mango, chopped cucumber , chopped tomatoes.