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Recipes – Granola Crumble and Quinoa Pulao

Here are two more recipes for dishes that we enjoyed at the potluck breakfast at the end of the last 21-day yoga challenge.

  1. Granola Crumble
  2. Quinoa Pulao

Granola Crumble

(contributed by Prakash Bhave)


  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pecans (break into small pieces)
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk


  • mix and spread on to a pizza pan
  • bake at 325C for ~30 minutes until it turns dark brown

Quinoa Pulao

quinoa pulao

(Contributed by Manju and Subhash Mittal)

I was introduced to quinoa about a year ago at one of these potluck breakfast sessions. On doing some online search, I found that quinoa is a very healthy substitute for rice or even wheat. Quinoa is gluten-free and is highly rich in protein. You can make almost any recipe with it that you can make with rice. So, here is one for "quinoa pulao" which is similar to "rice pulao". It has a nice grainy taste. Hope you’ll enjoy this recipe.


  • 3/4 cup Quinoa
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 2 cups mix of the following veggies
    • green pepper diced
    • carrots – diced
    • Green peas
    • Cauliflower (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 tsb ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 2 Cups of water
  • chopped cilantro to garnish


  • In a 4-qt sauce pan heat oil on high-medium, add cumin seeds; once fragrant add salt and pepper to taste, turmeric powder and sauté for 30 seconds
  • Mix in onion, veggie mix, and ginger-garlic paste,  saute for 5 minutes
  • Add in quinoa and sauté for 2 minutes, add in water
  • Transfer to a pressure cooker and cook until one whistle
  • Ready to serve when you are able to open the lid of the cooker
  • Sprinkle cilantro to garnish and enjoy!

8 comments to Recipes – Granola Crumble and Quinoa Pulao

  • Uma Nathan

    Hi Subhash Ji,

    I have been using Quinoa for a while now. I found out a trick while listening to a famous chef.
    He suggested to toast the quinoa in the oven ( or in the pan) . Dry toast just a bit.
    This will ensure that they do not stick together when you make a dish.
    I tried this and it was great.
    you can also make it like Sabhudhana Kitchadi , with lots of peanuts etc.

    • admin

      Thanks, Uma, for your excellent suggestion. We’d definitely try the toasting trick! Manju has been making this pulao in a pressure cooker. Do you use the pressure cooker as well? Could you share some of your recipes? Thanks.

  • Wendy

    Recipe sounds great! I LOVE quinoa. Can this be made without a pressure cooker and if so what would be different?


  • I’m always looking for new snacks to energize me after work so that I can hit the gym and these sound awesome! definitely going to work my way through this list!

    • Subhash

      Glad to see that you find the recipes useful. Please let us know how you like them after trying them out. Thanks.

  • Subhash

    Thanks, Uma, once again for your suggestion to roast the quinoa on a pan. Yes, we tried it and the resulting dish provided a grainier look and taste and was delicious.

  • Jane

    great receipes and information. Thank you Subhash