Spiced Quinoa and Lentils

Spiced Quinoa and Lentils

I’ve been neglecting this space lately, not giving it the attention it so deserves. The funny thing is, I’ve been cooking and rediscovering food and photography with renewed fervency, I just can’t seem to translate the passion on to this spot.

I have so many stories and discoveries to share – it’s a little overwhelming and I probably need to figure out how to take it one step at a time, just like the way I’ve learned with cooking… one ingredient at a time

Spiced Quinoa and Lentils Spiced Quinoa and Lentils

I put off finishing this post and spent the last few days in New York – eating and exploring, it’s a city that never fails to thrill, and I always come back inspired and rejuvenated, albeit with deep longing to remain there.

Then I got home and returned to this meal, this old thing that I’ve made about million times, and suddenly it looks fresher, like I could make it a million more times and it’ll be different each time.

I’ve been exploring spices lately; in this spiced quinoa and lentils, I tried pungent mustard seeds and warming cumin and coriander seeds with lots of red onions and finished it off with cooling mint.

Spiced Quinoa and Lentils Spiced Quinoa and Lentils

I make this quinoa and lentil combination quite often, variations of it, usually when I don’t have time for a proper meal, it’s an easy, one-pot dish, nutritionally dense and filling, I love the earthy and nutty flavours and quinoa is such a great substitute for rice.

It’s a protein, fiber and whole grain powerhouse and it’s comforting.

The mustard, coriander and cumin seeds are at their best here; they enrich the warm savoury flavours of the lentils and quinoa, and something magical happens when you combine lentils and onions in olive oil – it’s beyond delicious

This is an easy favourite, very satisfying with plenty of leftovers to come home to.

Spiced Quinoa and Lentils
Spiced Quinoa and Lentils

Spiced Quinoa and Lentils

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  • Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    I have been experimenting a lot with quinoa lately so always excited to find new recipes. The addition of mustard seeds is one I would really like to try next.

    • Oh you would love mustard seeds! it has a lovely aroma when toasted or fried in oil 🙂 I’ve been using it a lot lately.

  • I am interested in anything spicy, and this recipe caught my eye. Your photos are lovely, and I love the recipe (that I plan to try soon)

    Btw, I am so glad I met you at Leela & Aran’s workshop because it led me to your lovely blog here. 🙂

    • Hi Pang! OMG… nice to meet you too! I love love your blog, I spent hours on it last night (silly me, I should have commented!). Your recipes are so refreshing and the photos are beautiful.

      I think, this is going to be a beautiful friendship 🙂

      • i hope so, Elsa 🙂
        Thank you so much for liking my blog 🙂