Indy Power: Keen on quinoa
It's the trendy, tasty grain replacing rice on menus eveywhere - here's how to make a perfect pot at home
This is my new favourite side. The citrus flavour makes such a difference but it's beautifully subtle so it goes with practically anything. It's particularly gorgeous with a curry but I've yet to find something it doesn't taste great with. I love how easy it is, too.
Lemon Zest Quinoa
Serves 4. Gluten-free, dairy-free & vegan
2 tbsp olive oil
2 lemons (juice and rind)
1 tbsp mustard seeds
35g flaked almonds or pine nuts
A handful of fresh coriander leaves
Add the olive oil to a medium-sized pot on medium heat. Use a peeler to peel the rind of the lemons into strips. Add them to the oil with the mustard seeds, cooking until they start to pop.
Add in the quinoa and toss it well to coat it in the peel and seeds. Pour in the stock and the juice of both lemons and pop the lid on. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
Take it off the heat and fluff it with a fork, then pop the lid back on and leave it to steam.
Toast the flaked almonds or pine nuts in a frying pan until golden.
Fluff the quinoa again and then serve with the flaked almonds and fresh coriander on top.
Mustard seeds are rich in phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, and provide a range of health benefits. Mustard seeds’ plentiful phytonutrient content is thought to provide valuable protection against various cancers such as bladder, colon and cervical cancer. Mustard seeds boast anti-inflammatory properties too, due to their high selenium and magnesium content, which may help alleviate the symptoms of inflammatory conditions like asthma, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. They’re also an excellent source of essential B-complex vitamins such as folates, niacin and thiamin, which help in enzyme synthesis, nervous system function and regulating body metabolism. In India, mustard oil is applied to the scalp, as it’s believed to stimulate hair growth, and it can also be used to relieve muscle pain.
Pine nuts are one of my favourite ingredients for adding a little crunch. When they’re toasted, they are just so delicious. The only problem is that they’re expensive in comparison to other nuts and seeds. So, imagine my delight when I stumbled across them in Søstrene Grene in Dún Laoghaire the other day for €1. If you haven’t been, the store, which now has outlets in Dublin, Cork and Athlone, is great for homewares and party supplies. Right by the checkout, they sell sweets and spices, and I just noticed they do bags of nuts, pine nuts and dates each for €1. I stocked up, big time!