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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Posted by sneh On Monday, October 20, 2014 No comments


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