Spicy Quinoa Beans and Vegetables

This is a simple dish to make and is filling and nutritious and delicious! You could have it with a side of yogurt, raita, papad, etc.

A one pot dish, no elaborate process!

What you’ll need:

  • Onion, cubed – 1
  • Bell Pepper (any color), cubed – 1
  • Carrots, cubed – 1 cup
  • Extra Light Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Quinoa – 2 cups
  • Kidney Beans – 1 can (15 oz)
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Tomatoes, cubed – 1 fresh or 1/2 can
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • BisiBele Bhaat Powder – 2 tbsp
  • Brown Sugar/Jaggery Powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Note: You can use any spice you like in place of BisiBele Bhaat Powder. Curry Powder, or Paprika or Chili Powder with Cumin and Coriander Powder would taste great too.


  1. In a large wide pot, saute the Onion in Oil until translucent. Add the Bell Pepper and Carrots and continue for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the Turmeric Powder, BisiBele Bhaat Powder, Jaggery Powder and Salt.
  3. Add Quinoa, Kidney Beans and Water. Add the Tomatoes.
  4. Mix and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low for about 15-20 minutes, until done.
  5. Optionally, add chopped Cilantro (I didnt have on hand). Enjoy!!