Quinoa – Asparagus Bath

This fusion dish is an excellent way to incorporate quinoa into a traditional Indian diet.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp hing
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 3 to 4 tbs vangibath powder
  • 1 medium size chopped onion
  • 1 small bunch or 15-20 ½ inch cut asparagus
  • 15 to 20 curry leaves

For seasoning:

  • 3 to 4 tbs oil
  • 1 tablespoon channa dal
  • 2 tablespoon urad dal
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 to 3 dry red chillies



  1. First, wash the quinoa and add 2 cups of water. Cook it in the pressure cooker (one whistle is enough).
  2. Stove top cooking: If you are cooking without using pressure cooker you should add 2 ½ cups of water to cook quinoa in a pan directly on the stove top.

For making the Asparagus Masala:

  1. Heat the oil in the pan on a medium high heat.
  2. Add the ingredients in this order: Mustard seeds (once it starts popping), then add channa dal, urad dal, dry red chillies, curry leaves, turmeric, hing, onion, and finally asparagus. Mix well and close the lid to cook it.
  3. Check the asparagus often until it gets tender.
  4. Add cooked quinoa, along with salt and vangibath powder.
  5. Mix everything thoroughly and close the lid for a minute so it can absorb all the essence and flavor of the other ingredients. After a minute turn off the heat.
  6. Quinoa-Asparagus Bath is ready to savor. You can serve this as a main course or a side dish this goes well with raitha and plain curd.