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Quinoa Black Beans Pilaf

This was one of the very first quinoa dishes that I had tried! I think the first dish I tried was peppers stuffed with quinoa which is a little bit more elaborate than this dish! Now coming to this recipe, I think this is one of the quickest dishes to put together and hardly requires any cooking expertise. It is also a recipe that never fails to impress and one that you can experiment with and create a number of variations 🙂

Along with the ease and simplicity, if you can add in the nutrition level of the dish with beans and quinoa, I am pretty sure you will want to try this for yourself! A quick note though, if you have never cooked quinoa, there is nothing to worry 🙂 It is pretty much the same way that you would cook rice! I do have a post that quickly describes the procedure so you might want to refer to that one! And although I tried this with quinoa, you could try the same with rice or broken wheat too if you wish!


  1. 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  2. 1/2 medium red pepper
  3. 1/2 medium green pepper
  4. 1/2 medium onion
  5. 1 can of black beans
  6. 3 cloves garlic
  7. 2 tsp oil
  8. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  9. 1/4 tsp cumin (jeera) powder
  10. 3/4 tsp salt
  11. 1/4 lemon

Preparation Time:   10 min                   
Cooking Time: 10 min
Servings: 3


  1. Chop the peppers and onion finely. (Else it wont blend in well with the black beans!) Also chop the garlic cloves finely.
  2. Add 2 tsp oil to a medium sized saucepan and once it is heated add in the onions. Saute well and wait for the onions to cook a little. Add in the garlic and again saute well. Once you get the nice aroma of garlic, add in the peppers.
  3. Once the peppers get a little soft, add in the canned black beans. Add chilli powder, cumin powder and salt and mix well.
  4. Add in the cooked quinoa and mix everything together well! Adjust the seasoning to your taste, squeeze in the lemon and let it heat up a little before serving.

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