Although Quinoa has been around for centuries, it has recently become very popular and you will find quinoa recipes all over the internet and magazines.
Quinoa is pronounced as "KEEN-wah" and is treated like a grain while actually it is a seed of a plant. Its cooking method is just like rice, boil one part quinoa in 2 parts water for 15 to 20 minutes. Its also interesting to know that the year 2013 was declared as the international year of Quinoa by United Nations.
Quinoa is considered a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids and therefore is a very good alternative to eating meat. I really like quinoa, its tasty and super healthy and if your kids eat it - nothing like it! I made these patties with quinoa, potatoes, spinach and paneer and everyone including kids ate these happily.
This recipe can also be made gluten free by using 1 tbsp of corn flour instead of bread crumbs.
Remember to rinse quinoa very well before cooking to get rid of the bitter taste.
I hope you like these patties/tikkis too.
Prep time- 10 Minutes
Cook Time- 20 Minutes
Yield - makes about 8 to 10 patties
- 3/4th cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tbsp boiled/canned chickpeas -mashed
- 2 small potatoes - boiled and mashed
- 11/2 tbsp paneer/cottage cheese- grated
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh spinach leaves
- 1 clove of garlic- grated
- Salt to taste
- Red chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp or to taste
- 1 tbsp plain breadcrumbs
- Oil to cook
- Chopped green chilies- 1/2 tsp(optional)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except oil
- Form the mixture into patties
- Heat the non stick pan to shallow fry the patties
- Cook the patties from both sides handling gently till brown
- Enjoy with sour cream or your favorite dip
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