How to make Quinoa Upma | Healthy breakfast Idea

Recently I’m on cooking healthy food spree because I’m reading a lot about nutrition, therefore, positive habit changes are going on.

Here in this classic south Indian recipe, I’ve substituted Quinoa in place of Rava or Semolina to prepare Upma. Why? Because Quinoa has so many amazing health benefits with an abundance of protein, unsaturated fats and essential vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins and folate.

Quinoa upma

This gluten-free oh-so-satisfying meal has so many amazing health benefits and it comes out beautifully with the addition of veggies.

If you haven’t tried any of the quinoa recipes yet and looking for trying something new, this quinoa Upma is for you!

How to make Quinoa Upma:-

Firstly if you haven’t prepared quinoa yet then most important step you should know that is to wash the Quinoa properly several times. Otherwise, you’ll end up having a bitter flavour dish.

I’ve used this brand to prepare my recipe (Easily available online)
Quinoa seeds
This is how Quinoa seeds look (uncooked)

After rinsing quinoa several times put it into a large saucepan and add water to this and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy and mini threads start appearing. 

cooked quinoa
Cooked Quinoa

In a pan heat oil and add mustard seeds to it. When seeds start popping add curry leaves and green chilli to it. Also, add cumin seeds and turmeric powder to it.

chopped veggies

Saute onion in the oil. Also, add veggies to the pan. Cover the pan and cook well until all the veggies get cooked.

how to make quinoa upma

Now add the cooked Quinoa and salt to the pan and mix well. Cook for few minutes and switch off the flame. Squeeze lemon over the cooked quinoa Upma. Mix well and garnish with roasted peanuts and chopped coriander.

quinoa upma

A satisfying breakfast is ready to serve. Serve hot with masala tea and I hope you like the dish. Share your experience with me here or on Instagram

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Quinoa Poha
quinoa upma
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
quinoa upma
  1. Wash Quinoa several times until the water comes out clean. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Now in a pan put the washed quinoa and 2 cups of water and put to boil. Cook for around 10-15 minutes or until mini threads appears in quinoa.
  3. In a different pan add oil and put over medium heat. Add mustard seeds to this and when it starts spluttering add cumin seeds to this.
  4. Also, add curry leaves and green chillies to the oil. Cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add onion to this and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until translucent.
  6. Add carrots, beans, peas or any other seasonal veggie you like to this and cook for another 8-10 minutes while covering the pan. Until veggies get cooked.
  7. Now add cooked quinoa to this, also add salt and mix well.
  8. Finally, squeeze lemon over the dish and garnish with toasted peanuts and chopped coriander.
  9. Serve hot with masala tea. Enjoy!


  1. Hey, Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful recipe with us it was a total pleasure reading this article as I got to know so many new things which could be added along which I never realized earlier next time I make upma I will surely try this recipe of yours and see how well it goes.

    1. forkfulofhappiness says:

      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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