Quinoa protein savoury balls
These are minty high protein, low fat bite sized balls. Peppers and onions add crunchiness in the bites and sauces makes it retain the moisture.
Quinoa is gluten free with a good balance of all eight essential amino acids; it is a good choice for vegetarians.
Quinoa is also high in fibre and has a low-GI, beneficial for keeping blood sugar levels stable; it is also an ideal grain for diabetics. It is one of the most nutrient rich grains being a good source of iron, Vitamin B & E. It is a “super food” and an amazing winter energizer.
So try this veggie quinoa minty balls with salad/rolls or pasta.
Preparation time:25 minutes
Baking time: 25-30 minutes
- Water 1 1/4cup
- Fresh mint leaves-10-15
- Finely chopped capsicum-1/2
- Finely chopped onion-1/2
- Salt- to taste
- Oil-2tsp+for brushing
- Soya sauce-1tbsp
- Garlic powder-1tsp
- Tomato paste/sauce-3tbsp
- Corn starch-2tbsp
- Any milk-3-4tbsp
- Toasted soya bran-1/4cup
- Rinse quinoa well and soak for 1hour.
- After 1hour drain and bring the water to boil in a medium pot over high heat. Add quinoa, lower heat and simmer, cover and cook.
- As soon as water is absorbed, turn off heat but leave covered.
- The steam will continue to cook the quinoa, resulting in fluffy quinoa grains.
- Heat oil in the pan; Add chopped onions, peppers and saute for 3-4minutes.
- Add garlic powder, mint leaves, paprika,soya sauce, tomato sauce/puree and saute for a minute
- Then add cooked quinoa, salt mix well until heated through.
- Turn off the flame and allow it to cool down before making balls.
- pre-heat the oven at 180deg, line and grease the baking tray/oven proof dish and set aside.
- Bowl 1: dissolve corn starch in milk and set aside
- Bowl 2: toasted soya bran and set aside
- Once the quinoa mixture cools down, roll into equal size balls and roll in the corn flour-milk mixture in bowl 1 and then roll in bowl 2 (toasted soya flakes) and place on the lined baking tray/dish
- Repeat the same with rest of the balls.
- Spray/brush over the top with some olive oil and then place the tray in the oven
- Bake until golden (approx. 25-30minutes)
- Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and enjoy with mint sauce/ketchup.
- Spices can be varied as per the taste
- Baking time may vary as per the oven so keep an eye while baking
Posted on September 1, 2014, in Appetizers, Indian, International, Starters and tagged Chitras healthy kitchen, drchdietfood, Quiona healthy balls, Quiona recipes, Quiona savoury recipe. Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.
Huh, that’s very interesting. I wouldn’t have thought to add quinoa. Nice idea! Thanks. 🙂
Thank you Steven
Whoops, hit return too quickly. I was going to ask about their sticking together. Is it the cornstarch which binds them, or is it kind of like rice that naturally can adhere together.
Steven – The moisture in cooked quinoa sticks together…Cornstarch is used just towards coating….
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Thanks. I didn’t know I could do that with quinoa. It’s good to know. 🙂
Thank you…It is a pleasure to share the learning
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Yummy Chitra, I wouldn’t miss the meat at all!
Saving this to try Chitra! Quinoa….I oh so love it!!
Thanks Lori…so nice to know…Await to hear how this recipe turned out for yourself
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I discovered quinoa just recently, and these balls seems so tasty! I’ll try it for sure as appetizers 😉
Thank you…Me too started to know recently…Tried few recipes and they came out well…
Thank you !
These look healthy and delicious! I really love quinoa…
Thank you…Started to explore Quinoa recently and loved it….Hopefully you will like other recipes of Quinoa in my blog
As always interesting your recipes, and healthy! also important.
Thank you so much for such a lovely feedback
Balls look cute Chitra 🙂
Thanx Malar. …:)
Healthy and tasty balls dear
Thanx dear. ..it was tasty indeed, we loved it. …:)
Delicious and nutritious! How wonderful.
Yes Gretchen it is a protein packed balls…Glad you liked it
Stopping by from the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck. I love quinoa, but never thought to make them into “meatballs”. Great idea!
Thanks Nicole for your visit.Happy VVLP 🙂
Yum! We LOVE Quinoa 🙂
Thanx Caroline….glad you liked…have a lovely day 🙂
Another winning recipe with superfoods.
Oh thatz so sweet of you Hilda…. thanx a bunch… have a lovely day… 🙂 🙂
I enjoy quinoa a lot and I definitely like all of the seasonings in these little balls 🙂
Thanx Juju for your lovely words…glad you liked it. …… have a lovely day…
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Thank you so much for your support
My pleasure. I just found out where to buy quinoa locally… gives me the chance to try these.
Oh thatz nice to know you…please letmme know how you liked it when you do… 🙂 🙂 thanx AV. …good day…
LOL, you’ll know it, I’ll probably announce it on my blog… 🙂
That’s such a great support AV…Thank you
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