Fried Carrot Quinoa with Peas and Indian Flavors

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Today I’m really excited to share a recipe that was inspired by a friend!  Its quick, easy and delicious!

Any time I go over to my friend, Iffat’s house, I know she will have something yummy to eat.  She and her husband are from Bangladesh and they know how to serve up a delicious meal!  She recently cooked a dish that is very approachable for anyone to do.  It was simply a blend of cauliflower rice, quinoa, peas, soy sauce and salt and pepper.  I couldn’t believe how tasty it was and couldn’t wait to come home and make my own version of it!  So here is what I came up with…for your chewing pleasure:

Fried Carrot Quinoa with Peas and Indian Flavors

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Recipe (serves 2)

3 Carrots
1 or 2 Garlic Cloves
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup Frozen Peas
1 cup Cooked Quinoa
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce (and more if needed)
1 tsp Tikka Masala seasoning
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Ginger
Cracked Red Pepper Flakes (amount is up to you)
Pepper to taste
2 Eggs

Method

Peel the Carrots and Garlic Cloves.  Cut the carrots into large pieces and put them, along with the garlic into a food processor.  Blend until about rice shape.

Heat the Olive Oil over medium heat.  Once hot, add the carrot/garlic mixture to the pan. Stir fry for about 3 minutes.  Then add Peas, quinoa, soy sauce and all the seasonings.  Stir fry for about 3 more minutes.

Create an empty space in the pan in the middle of the stir fry mixture and crack the eggs into the space.  Break the yolks and continue to stir while the eggs fry.  Once they are done, incorporate into the carrot quinoa mixture.

Serve immediately!  And yes, its as simple as that!

 

Iffat has also recently introduced me to the degustatory pleasure of Pickled Garlic.  She says that in Bangladesh, it is enjoyed as a condiment that enhances the flavor of food.  And that a little bit goes a long way.  I love it!  I’m not sure that any grocery stores in Tupelo have it.  But I purchased my jar at an Indian grocery store in Memphis.  I can give you more information if you’re interested.  Trust me though, it’s delish!

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Priya Garlic Pickle from SaiGruha India Mart in Memphis.

 

This dish is great with or without the Garlic Pickle!  It is also so easy to make.  If you want a quick and flavorful dish for a busy weeknight soon, try it.  As always I hope to inspire you to try something different in the kitchen!  -1CC

 

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