Rice – Quinoa Pilaf

This nutritious and allergy friendly dish is a contribution by one of Allergy Foodie’s readers, Veena. Thanks Veena – it constantly amazes me how moms of kids with food allergies constantly innovate to make life better for their kids. The tip about overcoming the overpowering flavor of quinoa is a sure winner…

“The strong flavor of quinoa flour can be masked by adding fried black lentil powder(fry the powder either in the pan or in the microwave for about 5 min stirring every 2 min) or by adding rice flour to the quinoa.”

Veena says that her son loves this dish and I am sure many of our kids will too 🙂


1 cup rice
1 tablespoon quinoa grain
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
3/4 tsp pepper
1/4″ ginger root- grated
salt to taste
any allowed dairy-free, soy-free margarine or oil
2 tablespoons of black lentil (also called matpe bean flour or urad flour)


  1. Fry cumin seeds, pepper and grated ginger in oil/margarine.
  2. Add these to rice and quinoa.
  3. Add 3 cups of water. The rice/quinoa mixture can now be cooked either in the pressure cooker or in the rice cooker.
  4. Once done, add the fried black lentil/matpe bean powder and salt to taste.


  • The rice and quinoa mixture can also be cooked on direct flame in a heavy bottomed pan on low flame. Stir the mixture every 5 minutes to ensure that it does not stick to the bottom. Turn off the flame when all the moisture has evaporated.
  • To increase nutrition substitute replace part of the water (about 1/2 cup) with coconut milk.
  • Add 1/2 cup of mixed cut vegetables – carrots, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, green pepper, corn, potato.


1 thought on “Rice – Quinoa Pilaf”

  1. I wanted to say that this recipe made me think of GHEE. My son is allergic to all 8 allergens and dairy is one of them but he can eat Ghee. So i use it whenever a recipe calls for oil or butter in place of dairy. It’s fabulous and still has many nutritious components of butter!

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