November 27, 2013
 Posted by Sowmya

Spicy Quinoa with Sweet Potato

Gobl! Gobl!! Gobl!!!! Happy Thanksgiving you all! Yesterday, I was not in the mood to take my butt off the couch and do anything at all. So, I requested my dearest hubby to make some Maggi (instant noodles from India) for me. Little did I know that it will be a very stressful request. While getting Maggi from the shelf, an innocent, unopened pack of quinoa fell on him. It was the pack that we got a month earlier vouching to eat healthy. However, I have comfortably forgotten all about it, putting it where I would never find. I can simply say, I do not like Quinoa. AT ALL!!!!!! For the next 30 minutes a lot happened, and my lazy evening took a big hit. The menu changed from Hubby’s Spicy Maggi to Sowmya’s Quinoa.

I recently read about Quinoa with Sweet Potato salad and I thought it would be a good use of Quinoa. The idea was to get my husband to do something as well. So, I had him bring Sweet potatoes from the super market, which he begrudgingly did (it was 18F outside). Deciding to prepare a fusion of Indian flavors with Quinoa, I set out to make Spicy Quinoa with Sweet Potato.

Spicy Quinoa with Sweet Potato is a moist side that is spicy, sweet and flavorful, full of protein and good amount of fiber. Quinoa is packed with nutrients and its low glycemic index makes it a very good alternative for rice and many people who are health conscious are replacing rice with Quinoa.

This dish is very easy to make and takes less time as quinoa cooks very fast. Once my hubby took a spoonful, he came back to his normal pleasant self, ala, the snickers ad. Spicy Quinoa with Sweet Potato is a perfect side for Thanksgiving dinner. If preferred, it can be made less spicy and kids will love it.

So guys, Spicy Quinoa with Sweet Potato.



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Spicy Quinoa with Sweet Potato
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 6-8
  • 13/4 cups quinoa
  • 3 Cups of low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp of cooking oil
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • ½ tsp of chopped green chillies
  • 2 small sweet potatoes,peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of fresh lime juice
  1. Put some quinoa in a bowl and cover with water;drain. Repeat twice and drain well. (This helps in removing bitterness). Transfer the quinoa to wide sauce pan and fry 5 mins and add vegetable broth,3/4 cup of water, ½ tsp of salt. Bring to a simmer, and cover the pan, leaving lid slightly open to let the steam escape; reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 12 -15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some cooking oil and add red onions and garlic . Cook until softened about 4 minutes. Add the spice powders and cook, stirring until the spices darken, about a minute. Add the remaining veg broth, chopped green chillis, sweet potatoes and some salt. Increase the heat to high and bring to a simmer.Stir occasionally,until the sweet potatoes are tender and all the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Add the sweet potato mixture to the quinoa, then add the cilantro and lime juice and toss well
  4. Season with salt and pepper


Thanksgiving time is a wonderful time of the year. Many Americans have a lot of holiday traditions that go along with this wonderful festival when families come together.  People have unforgettable memories associated with the festival. Food definitely brings people together.. :) Happy Thanksgiving everyone and have a wonderful dinner and make new memories.

If you are worrying about the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner, here are some excellent ideas that you can follow to make use of them.

35 comments on “Spicy Quinoa with Sweet Potato”

  1. Divya Reply

    Awesome recipe. It tasted too good.

  2. rekhavengalil Reply

    Looks delicious :-) a comfort food! Lovely clicks too

  3. Nava Krishnan Reply

    Being Asians, our meals are usually rice and noodles. As such I have never made quinoa before in my entire life. Yet I have to say that this dish is so good and tempting. I somehow adore sweet potatoes very much. Once I get a pack of quinoa, I shall put my hand into this interesting and tempting dish.

  4. Bill Reply

    I’m a huge fan of quinoa and sweet potatoes but have never had them together. What a great idea!! I’m trying this recipe soon. Thanks for a great post!! Love the photo as well! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. cquek Reply

    Great idea! Gorgeous and looks really yummy!

  6. Kumar's Kitchen Reply

    delectable and nourishing dish….a great way to snack healthy without compromising on taste…delicious clicks :-)

  7. rumela Reply

    I love quinoa !! The simple thing came out gorgeous through your lens .. great!! Will try your version soon…

  8. Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving my dear! We had Maggi in Italy too (not noodles but stock cubes), it reminds me of those warm soups my mum used to cook me. Too bad we never had quinoa or sweet potatoes imported to Italy. I’m sure my mum would love this combination. I am bringing Quinoa with me this Christmas so she will finally understand why I’m so happy about it!

  9. Medha Reply

    I love the indian twist on quinoa! I am hooked on your photography – such a gorgeous pictures! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.
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  10. Monica Reply

    Great combination – I adore sweet potatoes and quinoa. I like the sound of the sweet and spicy combination. The fact that is looks beautiful is a big bonus.

    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks gayathri :)

    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks john :)

  11. easyfoodsmith Reply

    I have yet to introduce myself to quinoa and your spicy recipe sounds great for that. Delicious post indeed.

    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks my friend. It was really spicy :)

  12. Lawyer Loves Lunch Reply

    We are huge fans of quinoa and sweet potatoes so this looks fantastic. But I have to admit, we also love our Maggi noodles. Is there a Maggi noodles post coming up? :)

    • Sowmya Reply

      Oh I would love to post my hubby’s special maggi recipe … Thanks for the idea :)
      I am glad u liked this post :)

  13. Katerina Reply

    This is a great idea to use my quinoa! Looks delicious!

    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks Katerina :)

  14. Rosa Reply

    A beautiful dish! healthy, satisying and original.

    Your picture is great too.



    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks rosa !!

    • Sowmya Reply

      Haha may be true for this recipe lol :) it was great combo

    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks savitha :)

  15. Shibi Thomas @FlavzCorner Reply

    I liked the spicy touch you gave to Quinoa salad. Also the sweet potato kind of balances the heat from the spices. Nice recipe!!!

    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks shibi :) it was great combo ..worked very well . Am glad u liked it.

  16. Jamie Reply

    Is there a typo on this recipe? 13/4 cups of quinoa? Thats seems like a LOT. So 3 and 1/4 cups or is it 3/4 of a cup? Quinoa is expensive in Australia and not sure if I’ll make it requires of 3 cups worth.

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