Quinoa vegetable pilaf casserole – 2 ways

Quiona caserole


Pilaf (also known as pilav, pilau, plov,pulao) is a traditional indian rice dish with vegetables and plenty of flavours. It is a wholesome rice dish packed with full of nutrients from vegetables and using quinoa makes it healthy and rich in fiber.

I love casserole dishes. a one dish meal is convenient, easy and reminds me of home.Β  This baked casserole is vegetable quinoa pilaf- its packed with protein through quinoa, nutrients through veggies.

You can make this casserole in advance and bake it later. This serves great for lunch/dinner.

Preparation time-15 minutes
Cooking time-35 minutes
Baking time-20-25minutes


  • Quinoa-1cup
  • Carrot-1medium (peeled and julienned)
  • Green beans-1/2cup (sliced)
  • Bell peppers-1(sliced)
  • Peas-1/2cup
  • Sweet corn-1/2cup
  • Turmeric-1/2tsp
  • Green chilli-2 (chopped/slit to two)
  • Vegetable oil-1tbsp
  • Chopped garlic-2cloves
  • Grated ginger-1tsp
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Salt- to taste

For garam maslas powder:

  • Cardamom-2
  • Black pepper corns-5
  • Whole cloves-3
  • Ground nutmeg-1/4tsp
  • Cinnamon-1inch stick
  • Star anise-1

For casserole:

  • Low fat mozzarlla cheese-75-100gms
  • Roughly chopped Mixed nuts- a handful (almonds, pista, cashew, walnuts)
  • Sliced onion-1medium
  • Chopped tomatoes-2medium


For garam masala:

  • Combine all the spices listed in the table above in a blender and grind finely as possible and keep aside.

For pilaf:

  • Rinse and wash thoroughly the quinoa and soak for 30minutes, then drain again.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan, when it hot add in bay leaf, ginger, garlic and saute for few seconds. (approx. 10-15seconds)
  • Now add the chillies, carrot, green beans and stir and cook for 2-3minutes
  • Add in peas, sweet corn and cook for 1-2minutes
  • Add turmeric, ground garam masala powder and saute for a minute or two.
  • Now add in soaked and drained quinoa.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir the rice very gently to mix it into other ingredients and coat it with oil and spices. cook this way for 2-3minutes
  • Add in 2cups of water, salt and bring to the boil.
  • Cover the lid and then turn the heat to very low and cook for 15-18minutes/until quinoa is tender and fluffy.
  • Continue to simmer 5 -8 minutes more if you don’t wish to bake for rice casserole
  • (Include cheese if required 2 mins before taking it off from hob)
  • While serving top with roasted nuts or fried onions and Enjoy

Serve hot

For Casserole:

  • Before baking for casserole let the rice/ quinoa cool down to room temperature so just spread in a broad dish so that it helps to separate the grain from becoming mushy.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 180deg C. grease a 8×8/any oven safe dish.
  • Pour the pilaf rice into the prepared baking dish top it with some onion, chopped nuts and cheese
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes

Serve hot with Raita (links)/any side dish of your choice.


  • Any rice can be used alternatively to quinoa.
  • Spices can be personalised as per the taste.

I am bringing this to Angie’s Fiest Friday #36


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on October 3, 2014, in Indian, International, Main Course, Main dish. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Haven’t tried nutmeg with quinoa, this looks very nice Chitra!!!


  2. Your recipes are wonderful and your presentation is always beautiful! Congratulations on making over 300 recipes! You go girl!


  3. Bad timing for me for an excellent recipe, Chitra ! πŸ™‚
    No matter: it will keep till the cold weather comes around again.
    Thanks very much !


  4. Delicious, this could so easily be adapted to use any grain. Love it.


  5. It looks very good, Chitra πŸ™‚


  6. Reblogged this on sliceofheaveninsweden and commented:
    This sounds delicious healthy high fiber meal.


  7. Nice recipe Chitra…


  8. This just looks so hearty! I need some serious comfort food this fall, and this looks perfect. Thanks for sharing the recipe, lovely! ❀


  9. Sounds delicious, Chitra. Blessings to you…


  10. It looks great! I always replace rice with quinoa so this is perfect for my tastes πŸ™‚


  11. I love the sound of this and the use of quinoa. The casserole sounds great, light and healthy, a great sharing dish to bring to FF!


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