Quinoa pilaf in lettuce cups

Quinoa pilaf in lettuce cups

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
350ml water
225g quinoa, picked and rinsed well (the red kind is prettier, but either the red or the white is fine)
2 tbsps olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp pine nuts
2 tbsps chopped dried cherries
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 grapefruit, zested, plus 2 tbsps juice
1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated
1) Bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until quinoa is cooked and curly white germ shows, about 20 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the onion and spices, and saute until the onion has softened and the spices are very fragrant.

3) Stir in the pine nuts and fruit and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

4) Add the cooked quinoa (all the water should have been absorbed) to the skillet. Stir in the grapefruit zest and grapefruit juice. Taste and season with salt, pepper, to taste. Allow to sit off the heat for 10 minutes so the flavours seep into the quinoa.

Serve in lettuce cups.

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