Toasted quinoa with coriander, lime & crunchy pumpkin

Toasted quinoa with coriander, lime & crunchy pumpkin

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New Feast
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

We think the quinoa benefits from a light toasting before cooking, to bring out the nutty flavour.

It is rather common to use fried onion as a crunchy garnish for Middle Eastern dishes and we’ve recently started applying the same treatment to shredded pumpkin (squash), which also has a sweet base note. It works brilliantly! Serve this dish, which is full of spicy, tangy flavours, warm or at room temperature.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
100g quinoa
350ml vegetable stock or water
150g peeled pumpkin, grated
250ml vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 spring onions, trimmed and finely diced
4 vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups coriander leaves, shredded
1/4 cup purple basil leaves
1 teaspoon turkish red chilli flakes

Lime-sumac dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 lime, juiced
30ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sumac
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat a small saucepan and dry-fry the quinoa for 2–3 minutes, stirring to ensure it colours evenly. Add the stock or water – it will bubble vigorously and then settle down. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Then tip into a sieve and set aside.
  2. Put the grated pumpkin in a tea towel and squeeze to extract as much moisture as you can.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a small frying pan until it starts to shimmer. Add the pumpkin to the oil and cook for 4–5 minutes over a medium heat, moving it constantly in the oil to ensure it colours evenly. You may need to do this in batches. Drain in a sieve and then on kitchen paper. Sprinkle with cumin and salt and set aside.
  4. To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Tip the quinoa into a serving bowl and toss through the spring onions, tomatoes, coriander, basil and chilli flakes. Add the dressing and stir well. Top with the fried pumpkin and serve straight away.
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