30 October 2014


Quinoa with mixed vegetables,squash ribbons & spicy baked chicken drumsticks Roast


 Well,after aVege and an eggy rendition,now it's time for something spicy,bakey and chicken-y. It's time for a masaaledaar/spiceful Quinoa makeover.King P is soo happy-whistle whistle wink wink ;p.So is this humble daasi/his maid . That means the menu and the Queen-dom is not bland anymore. Thank you my dear spices ,you make my food and life tad more interesting.

Hail King P,Queen Q & Indian Spies-ces (spices) !

Quinoa with mixed vegetables,squash ribbons & spicy baked chicken drumsticks Roast


 Quinoa - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Onion(medium size),sliced - 1 no.
Green Chillies,slit - 3-4 nos.
Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Tomato(medium),chopped - 1 no.
Mixed vegetable (I used frozen peas,corn,beans,carrots),boiled-1 cup
Yellow long sqush (medium size),ribbons- 5-6 nos
Cloves- 2 no.(optional)
Cardamom - 2 nos.(optional)
Cinnamon-2 nos.(optional)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Shan Biryani Masala- 1 tablespoon
 Salt to taste
Oil/Ghee - 1-2 tablespoons
Baked spicy Chicken Drumsticks Roast
 Chicken Drumsticks -6 nos
Onion,sliced-1/2 cup
Green chillies - 2-3 nos.

Any spice mix (I used Eastern's Chicken fry) - 1-2 teaspoons
Ginger-garlic paste-1 teaspoon
Pepper powder - 1 teaspoon
Chilly powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Lime juice - 1 teaspoon
Yogurt-1 tablespoon
Tomato,sliced - 4-5nos
Salt to taste
Oil-2 tablespoons
Oil spray


  • Rinse quinoa under the tap water and put it in a saucepan with water and little salt.
  • Place that saucepan on the stove and allow it to boil on high heat.
  • Once it reaches the boiling point,reduce the fame to medium-low,cover it and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes until all the water is absorbed and most importantly,grains become translucent with a spiral tail.or watch this ...
  • Put off the stove.Let it stand covered for another 5 minutes to make sure it absorbs any moisture left.If there is any water left,do drain it completely.
  • Fluff it with a fork and keep it aside.
  • Cut the squash into long,thin strips using a vegetable peeler that should look like ribbons .
  • Heat a pan with little oil ,add the squash ribbons,sprinkle little turmeric powder,chilli powder and saute for a minute,then cover it and on low flame allow it to get tender.
  • Heat another pan/kadai with oil ,add the cloves,cardamom & cinnamon to it .Saute for a minute.
  • Add the onion slices and green chillies to it and saute them until onions become translucent.
  • Add the ginger-garlic to it and stir until its raw flavor is gone.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes ,turmeric powder,chilli powder and biryani masala to it.Mix well.Stir well.Low the flame.Cover it to make the tomatoes soft and mixed well with all the powders.
  • Once tomatoes are soft & mushy,remove the cover,add the boiled mixed vegetables, followed by cooked Quinoa to it and mix well.
  • Finally add the tender fried squash ribbons to it and mix everything well.
  • Add the salt as needed.
  • Quinoa s ready.
To bake the spicy chicken drumsticks :-
  • Pierce the drumsticks with a sharp knife all over (here & there) so that flavor gets infused in and out.Now,combine all the ingredients with 1 tablespoon oil in a big bowl and allow it to marinate for 30-1 hr approx in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  • Take a 9*13 baking pan and put the remaining oil and swirl to make sure the entire pan gets well coated.
  • Now place the marinated chicken drumsticks with space in between.(Not crowded)
  • Bake them at 375 degree F for about 35 minutes approx and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degree F and turn the chicken drumsticks,onions,chillies and tomatoes,spray them with cooking oil lightly (don't do it directly in oven,it will be dangerous ,raher take out the pan carefully & spray outside the owen) .
  • Bake them again for another 30 minutes or until the chicken is well cooked,juices run clear and is not pink anymore or use a cooking temperature which should show 165 degree F meaning cooked and ready to eat.
That's it Quinoa filled with the goodness of mixed vegetable and squash with a spicy chicken-y kick is ready for my highness,King P.

Well, this humble daasi would like to take a leave now and let King P and Queen Q enjoy to the fullest.I don't want to be "Swaragthil katturrumbu (Malayalam)/Kabaab mein haddi (Hindi)/to play gooseberry".What say ??

All I say now ,Hail King P and Queen Q !!