After resisting Amma’s attempts to get us to try Quinoa for over a year, N and I have recently started experimenting with it. Something about the impending 4 – 0 that makes one more health-conscious, it seems. And, seriously, how much white rice can the poor body handle? Perhaps it was ok when people did more physical work 50 years ago, but that boat’s long gone. Sitting around at a desk job the whole day AND eating mountains of sambar, rasam, and thayir sadam? Something’s got to give, right? Tried a couple of quinoa recipes over the past week, and while the outcome was tolerable, it was nothing to write home about. Till today.
Made Quinoa pongal this morning. Came out pretty darn good (If I say so myself, but that’s only because N is at little N’s baskteball game. I am sure he’ll rave too once he checks it out.). And, most important, it is waaaay easier to make than the regular pongal (which could come out bumpy and lumpy depending on the mood of the cook – especially in this household), v. yum to taste, and you feel like a pious dieting cat to top it off!!
Is Quinoa the silver bullet for more weight loss (since I can’t seem to do any exercise)? I sure hope so! In the meantime, do send me your favorite recipes for Quinoa (or tempeh, tofu, oats, barley, etc.). Bring on the health foods – I am ready, baby!!