Quinoa Kosambari/Tricolor Quinoa and Moong Dal Salad

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kosambari, a simple indian salad, made with moong-dal, spiced up with green chilies and coconut. To make it more colorful we can add carrots, raw mango, etc. I had this pack of tricolor quinoa, its been long since i cooked quinoa. I read something disturbing about it sometimes back, and stopped buying it. When some of my blogger buddies wanted to experiment with quinoa, i sent them some, that is when, i too got tempted and bought a small pack.
I have used quinoa and moong dal here, to make this salad more filling and colorful. Again, this salad doesn't have any fancy spice, just green green chilies and ginger. This can be served as part of a meal or can be just your meal. I would love to have it anytime as a meal by itself, may be some fresh fruit juice or smoothie to compliment it. 
Ingredients (serves 3)
1/4 cup tricolor quinoa, when cooked yields 1 cup
1/3 cup Moong dal
1 green chili, chopped fine
2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 carrot, grated
1/4 cup freshly grated coconut
2 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste
  • Wash and rinse quinoa in water. Let it sit for 10 minutes aside. I cooked the quinoa in Microwave, it can also be cooked on stove-top. Take the rinsed quinoa in a microwave safe bowl, add 3/4 cup of water, Microwave @ high for 10 minutes, stir it once in between. 
  • Take it out, there won't be any excess water, if there is any, drain and set aside until use. 1/4 cup quinoa, when cooked yielded 1 cup of quinoa.
  • Wash and soak moong dal, in water for 20 minutes. After the said time, drain the moong dal completely. I left it to drain in the colander for 10 minutes.
  • Now take cooked quinoa and moong dal in a large bowl, add shredded carrot, shredded ginger, chopped green chili, grated coconut and mint leaves, mix well. Add salt and mix again.
  • Let it sit for 5 minutes for the flavors to mingle, Serve with some mint leaves garnished.

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  1. Kosambari with quinoa sounds so innovative. This salad itself looks like a filling meal..

  2. wow..I love the tri color look..it looks so good.I have bookmarked this one to make soon, I got quinoa from Amsterdam and will make this salad..it looks super cool.

  3. That is such a filling kosambari! I thought of making kosambari last week and later dropped the idea.

  4. Kosambari with quinoa sounds interesting and innovative,looks so colorful too..

  5. Omg, kosambari with quinoa, wat an innovative dish Priya, nutritious and interesting salad.

  6. That tricolor quinoa sounds super interesting. Will see if I can find them here. very nice share

  7. This salad sounds so yumm and colorful too.

  8. very cool salad there :) must hunt down this tricolour quinoa soon :)

  9. That is one hearty kosambari and love the use of tri color quinoa.

  10. Loving your quinoa twist to this healthy bowl of kosumbari.

  11. Wow kosambri with Quinoa looks so refreshing and delicious.

  12. Kosambari with quinoa is a great idea. Loved the way you made it!!

  13. Love the Indian style salad with quinoa. Looks delicious.

  14. Ok I have the same packet right, will be making it soon..:)


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