Quinoa Bisibelebath Pressure Cooker recipe is a healthy , delicious one pot meal made with quinoa, lentils and mixed vegetables. It tastes amazing when served with Kara bhoondi ,potato chips or papad. Bisibelebath is a very popular breakfast/lunch recipe from Karnataka(South India). In kannada, bisi means hot, bele means lentil and bath means rice.
You can use Quinoa to substitute rice in many recipes.You can make other recipes like Quinoa salad, Quinoa Upma, Quinoa Pulao/Pilaf ,Quinoa Curd.
Checkout traditional Bisibelebath recipe prepared in instant pot using rice from my blog here.
The secret for making Bisi Bele Bath is to make the masala powder fresh at home. These days, Bisi bele bath powder is readily available in stores. If you do not have the time and are running late, you may easily buy Bisi Bele Bhat Masala. I usually use MTR Bisibelebath Masala.
The authentic recipe of bisi bele bath is made without onion, garlic and tomatoes.I have used onion in this recipe.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wa’ is a gluten-free, whole-grain carbohydrate, as well as a whole protein (meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids). There are two types of quinoa available: red and creamy white. They open up to release little white curls (like a tail) as they soften.Technically, the quinoa is actually a seed not a whole grain.
Health Benefits of Quinoa
- Very High in Protein, With All the Essential Amino Acids
- Very High in Fiber, Much Higher Than Most Grains
- Gluten-Free and Perfect for People With Gluten Intolerance.
- Has a Low Glycemic Index, Which is Good for Blood Sugar Control
- Quinoa appears to be very high in antioxidants. Sprouting increases their antioxidant levels even further. – Source Refer
Is Quinoa better than rice?
Both food’s calories come primarily from their carbohydrate content, and a serving of brown rice or quinoa offers 39 or 44.8 grams of carbohydrates, respectively. However, quinoa offers more dietary fiber and protein than brown rice.
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Variations and Substitutes for Quinoa Bisi Bele Bath
- You can use vegetables of your choice like Drumstick, Brinjal(egg plant), Sweet potato , pearl onions, pumpkin and squash.
- If tamarind is not available you can replace with 1 tomato or juice of 1 lemon/lime.
- Add extra 1/2 to 1 cup of water for a more khichidi like consistency.
- If you don’t have bisibelebath powder you can replace with 2 tablespoon of sambhar powder and 1 tablespoon of vangibath powder.These powders are easily available in Indian grocery stores.Or replace with Curry Powder.
- Instead of using ghee for tempering, you can use oil, vegans can avoid ghee.
- Substitute quinoa with millets ,same pressure cooking time.
- Substitute quinoa with brown rice, increase pressure cook time to 20-22 minutes.
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Quinoa Bisibelebath Pressure Cooker recipe is a healthy , delicious one pot meal made with quinoa, lentils and mixed vegetables
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 1/2 cup
- 2 tbsp oil or ghee
- 1 tsp
- a pinch
ginger garlic paste (optional)
- 1 medium onion
Mixed vegetables (carrot, beans, peas, potato and bell pepper/capsicum)
Tamarind Extract (2 tablespoon of tamarind water extracted from soaking small lemon size tamarind)
- 2-3 tbsp
Turmeric powder (haldi) optional
- 1 tsp
- salt to taste
- 4 cups water
- 2 tbsp
Chop all the vegetables and onion.Keep aside.
Soak tamarind in warm water. Extract pulp and keep aside.
Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add ghee and once it's hot add mustard seeds, curry leaves ,asafetida & let it splutter.
Add onions, ginger garlic paste, Saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn soft and light brown in color – stir regularly.
Add mix vegetables and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Then add bisi bele bath powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, tamarind extract, salt.Keep stirring else mixture may get burnt.
Add washed toor dal(lentils),quinoa, water, jaggery and give a stir .
Press CANCEL button on Instant Pot.Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING position.
Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 8 minutes.Do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE(NPR) (Wait until silver button on lid drops).BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM
Remove lid away from you, garnish with Coriander leaves.Mix well.I like my bisibelebath to be mushy and liquid consistency.
Turn on the SAUTE mode again,add 1/2-1 cup of water (depending on your preference).Boil for 2-3 minutes.Quinoa Bisibelebath is ready.Add extra tempering (tadka) again and its completely optional.
Serve hot with Kara bhoondi ,pickle ,raita or papad.
Chop all the vegetables and onion.Keep aside.Soak tamarind in warm water. Extract pulp and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a pressure cooker pan ,once hot add mustard seeds, curry leaves ,asafetida & let it splutter
Add onions, ginger garlic paste, Saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn soft and light brown in color – stir regularly.Add mix vegetables and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Then add washed toor dal(lentils),quinoa, water ,salt and give a stir .Close the lid.
Pressure cook for 4 whistles in low medium flame.Once pressure has naturally released add bisi bele bath powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder,tamrind juice ,jaggery and adjust consistency by adding extra water and boil for 5 minutes.
For Tempering:Add ghee in a tadka pan add mustard seeds curry leaves, hing ,red chillies let it splutter.Add peanuts or cashews fry until browned.Add the tadka to quinoa bisibelebath and mix well.
Serve hot with Kara bhoondi ,pickle ,raita or papad.
1.Instead of using ghee for tempering, you can use oil, vegans can avoid it.
2.You can use vegetables of your choice like Drumstick, Brinjal(egg plant), Sweet potato.
3.If you don’t have bisibelebath powder you can replace with 2 tablespoon of sambhar powder and 1 tablespoon of vangibath powder.
4.If tamarind is not available you can replace with 1 tomato.
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.