Orange Walnut Quinoa with Chickpeas and Mint Recipe

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Orange Walnut Quinoa with Chickpeas and Mint
How to make Orange Walnut Quinoa with Chickpeas and Mint
  • Recipe By: NDTV Food
  • Recipe Servings: 4
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  • Difficulty Level: Medium

Mild tasting quinoa with orange, mint and walnuts toasted with cumin and coriander.

Ingredients of Orange Walnut Quinoa with Chickpeas and Mint

  • For the Toasted Walnuts with Coriander and Cumin:
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • Water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, or canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped (both green and white parts)
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated orange zest

How to Make Orange Walnut Quinoa with Chickpeas and Mint

  • 1.Preheat the oven to 350°F. To prepare the walnuts, toss them in a small bowl with the olive oil, coriander and cumin.
  • 2.Spread in a pan and bake about 10 minutes, until the walnuts are aromatic and slightly browned. Cool to room temperature.
  • 3.If you have purchased quinoa from a bulk bin, rinse it with cold water and drain well. It is not necessary to rinse boxed quinoa if it says "prewashed."
  • 4.In a medium saucepan bring 2 1/2 cups water and the salt to a boil. Add the quinoa and return to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • 5.Reduce the heat and cover the pan. Simmer 15 - 20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
  • 6.Remove from heat, add the cumin, coriander and cinnamon, then stir and fluff with a fork to combine.
  • 7.Spread the quinoa on a platter or shallow pan to cool, stirring it occasionally with a fork.
  • 8.Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and add the chickpeas, mint, scallions, orange juice, olive oil, lemon juice and orange zest.
  • 9.Stir and toss to combine, then top with the seasoned walnuts.

Recipe Notes

Quinoa is like a little ecosystem, containing all of the essential amino acids that make it a full protein. Its mild taste makes it a perfect starting point for building a dish with lots of character. The orange and mint bring the quinoa to life, but the walnuts, toasted with cumin and coriander pull the whole dish together, making it a nutrient power house.