These Quinoa Bites are healthy, low fat and packed with flavor! You can deep fry / shallow fry or make them like patties – there are guaranteed to be loved by all!
These quinoa bites have turned out to be the new mini-comfort slash healthy food I’m craving these days. I’ve got a thing for appetizers. And the mini-er they get, the cuter they look and the less guilty I feel for the never ending indulgence. 🙂
But with this simple recipe for crispy quinoa bites, I’m combining my love for mini version of food with a healthier way of cooking and a new ingredient that I’ve never really cooked with before!
The Verdict – Well, quinoa is an exotic ingredient in India. Unlike a potato, it does not just blend into the mixture adopting whatever flavor you give it. Quinoa lends its own flavors to whatever you are cooking. And to truly like and appreciate quinoa, it is necessary to nail the texture. If you’ve never tasted quinoa before, you might have to get used to the nuttier flavor it provides. And these quinoa bites can definitely be the first thing you try with quinoa. They’re easy to make, simplicity of flavors, healthy and are probably an example of the best use of this ingredient.Print
- 1 cup Cooked Quinoa*
- 1 Carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1/2 an Onion, chopped roughly
- Handful of Fresh herbs (Coriander / Cilantro / Parsley / Mint)
- 2 Cloves of Garlic (use less if you don’t like garlic!)
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder (optional)
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
- a pinch of Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Cornflour / Cornstarch or Breadcrumbs
- Oil – for deep frying or shallow frying
Cooked Quinoa – Use 1/3 or 1/2 cup quinoa to make 1 cup cooked quinoa. Follow instructions on the package to cook it. Generally, you can follow these steps to cook your quinoa —
- Wash the quinoa extremely well for 2-3 minutes.
- Heat 1 teaspoon oil on a pan with high sides and add the quinoa. Saute for 2–3 minutes till quinoa dries out a bit
- Add water (1 cup quinoa – 1.5 cups water ratio) and let it come to a boil
- Close with a lid and simmer for 12-14 minutes. Switch off and keep the lid closed for 5 minutes.
- Open and fluff up the quinoa with a fork. Use as required
- Add all the ingredients except oil in a food processor or a blender.
- Grind for 30 seconds – 1 minute until the ingredients are well combined and form a thick mixture.
- Remove to a bowl. Taste and adjust for seasonings, if required.
- (if deep frying) — Heat a pot with vegetable oil. Make small balls of the quinoa mixture and drop them into the hot oil. Deep fry until it is crispy and golden brown on all sides.
- (for shallow frying) — You can use the appam pan (A pan with grooves / holes in it). Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in each groove. Add the quinoa bites formed in each groove. Let it cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Turn in around and continue to cook. Cook on all sides to have crispy golden brown quinoa bites.
- (Shallow frying – like patties) — You can also make small balls of the mixture and press gently from the center to form thick disks (patties). Add it to a hot griddle with some oil. Cook on both sides for 3-4 minutes or until crispy.
- You can flavor the mixture with any spice you like.
- This mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
- Since quinoa has a slightly stronger smell, make these quinoa bites if you like the ingredient. OR use strong spices to mask the nuttier taste.
Quinoa Bites – step by step recipe
Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Or you can follow my detailed recipe on how to cook quinoa. Let it cool a bit.
I made the mix in a food processor. You can even use a potato masher or your hands to make the same. Add quinoa, veggies, spices, salt and give a blitz or two until everything is mixed together and you have a thick mixture.
Add some cornstarch, breadcrumbs and additional flavors if required. Mix into a stiff mixture.
I used my handy Appam Pan to shallow fry the balls. You can either deep fry the same. OR flatten them out like patties and cook on a griddle.
Serve with your favorite condiment!