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Quinoa Payasam/Kheer

Recently I’ve started eating quinoa a lot. As I said before in my Quinoa biryani recipe it doesn’t taste bad. This Gokulashtmi I wanted to make kheer and thought why not make a kheer with quinoa. My husband was little hesitant with the idea.
Surprisingly it came out really delicious and tasted soo good. It tasted more like sago kheer and Karthik liked it too. It’s healthy and tastes good too. Double dhamaka in one recipe.

Preparation Time : 30 minutes
No Of  Servings : 3
Weight watchers Point : 6


  • Quinoa : 1/2 cup
  • Water : 11/2 cups
  • Milk : 2 1/2 cups
  • Brown Sugar or Granulated Sugar : 1/4 cup(adjust according to your sweet level)
  • Cardamom : 2 nos (pressed)
  • Cashewnuts : 6-7(roasted in ghee)
  • Raisins: 6(roasted in ghee)
  • Ghee : 1 tsp
  • Saffron: a pinch

Method Of preparation :

How to cook Quinoa:

  1. Wash and soak quinoa for 15 minutes and just toast the quinoa  in a pan with a tsp of oil over a  medium heat until it turns light brown color for a few minutes before adding it to boiling water.
  2. Heat water in a wide vessel and bring it to boil after that add the roasted quinoa into it.
  3. Simmer the heat and cover the vessel with a lid and cook for 15 minutes or until you see the white tail(germ)
    popped out of the Quinoa. Quinoa cooks quickly within 15 minutes so always cook quinoa simmer heat and stir once in every 5 minutes.
  4. After the quinoa has cooked, use a fork to fluff and separate the grains.
Quinoa Payasam:
  1. Heat a tsp of ghee in a small pan and add the cashews and raisins. Roast them until it becomes golden brown.
  2. Remove from heat and keep it aside.
  3. Now boil the milk on a medium flame for 10 minutes. After that add the cooked quinoa with sugar and cardamom. Mix it all well.
  4. Bring into boil again and finally garnish it with saffron,roasted cashews and raisins.
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  6. Put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and serve it chill.


  1. healthy yet yummy. love this. happy onam to you and your family

  2. Another great use! I love the nuttiness of quinoa…the nuttiness speaks to me!

  3. Healthy and yummy payasam..looks delciious.