Thursday, August 6, 2009

Quinoa Dosa ~ Quinoa Multi grain crepes

Quinoa pronounced as Keen-wah is not a grain but a grain like seed related to the spinach family and is native to south America. It is said to be rich in anti oxidants, phytonutrients and is said to be able to even balance blood sugar.Quinoa has more reasons that make it special, it is a complete protein meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles. It has high levels of magnesium which helps relax your muscles and blood vessels making this ideal food for those that are prone to headaches like migraine. It is also a great source of fiber. When cooked quinoa is light and fluffy and has a slightly nutty flavor.

Guilt that I have not been giving this "super grain" its due importance and curiosity to see how this would work out in a dosa format (savory crepes) had me reaching for quinoa from my pantry where it had been lying for far too long since it was last used. The result, a very mildly nutty flavored crispy and crunchy dosa just the way I love it. With only cumin to give it additional flavor, this experiment truly worked out with great results. I served it with some traditional spice powder (molaga podi ) but this one would taste great even with sambar or any chutney of choice too. If you have been wanting to try quinoa or wanting to use more of it, try this healthy crepe/ dosa I am sure you will enjoy it too.

Quinoa dosa 2


Ingredients and Method to make Quinoa multi grain crepes (dosa)
1 cup quinoa
3/4 cup cracked wheat
1/2 cup brown basmati rice
1/2 cup white rice

salt to taste
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp baking soda (optional)
a few drops of sesame oil (or any other oil)

Soak quinoa, cracked wheat, brown rice and white rice together for at least 1 hour preferably 2 hours.

In batches process this soaked grains in a blender little water until it forms a soft and smooth batter. Continue until all of the grains are processed.

Add cumin seeds, salt to taste and baking soda to this batter and mix well.

Add water to adjust consistency if required. The batter should be pouring consistency but a little on the thicker side, not too runny or watery. 

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Heat a flat pan/ griddle/ tawa and when it heats pour a small amount of batter on the center and spread quickly into a thin circle. ( For a very crispy crepe make it very thin and for a softer crepe make the circle a little thicker)

Add a few drops of sesame oil to the side facing upwards. When the lower side turns slightly light brown, flip over and cook the other side.


Yielded about 15- 17 crepes/ dosas approximately, the yield will depend on the size and thickness of each crepe so do keep that in mind while estimating quantity required 

If you are looking for Quinoa recipes, here are a few more





Quinoa Khichdi ~ Peanut flavored quinoa

Quinoa mung dosai ~ Savory crepes

Quinoa Cashew Kheer ~ Indian pudding 

43 comments :

Vani said...

\Never knew quinoa was realted to spinach. Looks great, Usha!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Super Duper Healthy Dosa...It has come out very well..

Vibaas said...

Looks excellent! Super crisp!

Varsha Vipins said...

looks yum Usha..Il try quinoa next time ..:)

kittymatti said...

Healthy n delish! the pic looks tempting!

Shri said...

This dosa is so crispy and looks delicious.I cant believe you made this with a whole grain!

Pavithra said...

Wow so innovative will surely try it.. so healthy too.. I have bookmarked it

Poornima Nair said...

Even i've not tried this super grain as yet and i've been rading so much about it. Got to try it soon. And the dosa looks yumm, love the cone shape and the perfect crispy look.

jayanthi swaminathan said...

dear usha,
what is the indian equivalent name for quinoa? is it available in mumbai? your recipes are really good and healthy to!!!

*sangi* said...

Looks gr888!!!
1st time here...u have an awesome space here!

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow....what a tempting dosa...crispy

Curry Leaf said...

Never ever tried quinoa.You r definitely innovative and health freak.Cheers. The crepes/doasas look too good and perfectly healthy breakfast

lata raja said...

You have made it so crisp.Shall have to go looking for quinoa.. I have seen many recipes now, I'm intrigued. But have not found this stocked in any superstore here.

aquadaze said...

nice n crispy dosas!! I have this packet of quinoa that I have been staring at for a long time now, dosas sounds like a great idea.

Ann said...

WOW> You git the soo Perfect Dear :) Looks soo yum!

Valarmathi said...

Very innovative. Looks crispy and yummy.

Ann said...

Thats a great invention Usha..informative post and splendid crepes..!

Lisa said...

Just perfect! Quinoa is my favorite grain but I've never made dosa with it. A must try!

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Hi Usha, Drop in sometime.

I have nominated you for the awards and tag. Pls accept it in my blog:-)

healthytastycheap said...

Hi, Usha. You have a gorgeous blog - that must be why it is also very popular! I can't wait to try some of your healthy recipes. :)

Smitha said...

I love this healthy recipe Usha. The crepe looks delicious.

Red Chillies said...

Did not know that Quinoa was so healthy. Kudos to you Usha for coming up with such healthy dosa..

ARUNA said...

that's a super yumm dosa Usha...!

Suparna said...

hi Usha,
Truly awesome dosa :) even I am surprised like many others :) the look of it is making me hungry ;)

Chitra said...

Never knew abt quinoa..looks crisp and healthy:)

Anu said...

Looks so yummy and delicious...

Priya said...

Looks outstanding Usha, never thought of trying dosa with quinoa, Hats off!

Vaishali said...

Quinoa dosas are a wonderfully healthy and creative idea. I love how beautiful the dosa looks, and your lovely presentation, Usha.

Vaishali said...

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Indrani said...

dosa with quinoa, so healthy & so evenly brown...soem awards are waiting for u to pick up from my blog, pl. accept them

munchcrunchandsuch said...

i just got some quinoa..gotta try this.

Archy said...

Wow, healthy breakfast !! Shall try this soon !! Very nice pic of dosa !!

n33ma said...

looks so crisp and its such a healthier version of dosa.

Preety said...

i just bought quiona last week , will try it

TheTasteTinkerer said...

Hi Usha- I love the idea of adding more grains while making quinoa dosa- my recipe uses just the quinoa, which can be ready to grind with less soaking time. Will definitely try yours- love quinoa dosa- healthy, crisp and nutty flavors through and through!!

Soma said...

I got quinoa. but haven't cooked it yet. did not knwo you could make dosa with it!

Usha said...

Thanks all of you for visiting and your warm comments.

Jayanthi, as far as I could research quinoa does not seem to have an Indian equivalent name probably because this "grain" originates in South America. In any case I would think that the larger department stores that carry more variety of grains may have this product.

Usha said...

Sangi welcome to my blog, hope to see you here regularly :-)

Aquadaze do let me know if you try it...


Saraswathi, thanks for sharing your awards with me :-)

Usha said...

Vaishali, thanks so much for thinking of me and sharing your award with me.

Indrani, thanks a lot for sharing your awards with me :-)

Usha said...

Munchcrunch, Archy,Preety and Taste Tinkerer glad you liked the recipe, do let me know if you try it :-)

Sukanya said...

Looks so yummy.....such a healthy recipe too....Usha have some awards and a Tag for you. Please collect them from my blog

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Must give a try.there is no fermentation?

Me too said...

Tried this recipe and the whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing!

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