Salads & Suppers

Black Garlic Quinoa

When the fridge looks bare, and you can’t find the energy to resuscitate your sleepy brain cells, reach for a packet of quinoa.

This grain practically swaggers with its impressive stash of B vitamins (energy), protein (repair), iron (strength), magnesium (circulation) and zinc (sexy skin). Quinoa is really quite the starlet and should be given centre stage on your shopping list. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation considers it to be as nutritionally complete as whole milk.

And guess what? Quinoa lasts for up to 18 months in your kitchen cupboard making it a very attractive 20-minute meal. Here’s one to get you started.

Find black garlic in trendy delis and all good grocers. Aside from giving you something to talk about at the office water filler, (or with that hottie on the second floor), black garlic will last for months in your fridge, and come in handy when you don’t feel like shuffling to the shops for supper. Think roasted garlic meets balsamic jelly.

1 & ½ cups quinoa

just over 2 cups seasoned water or stock

1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric

2 cloves black garlic, sliced

Bit of zest  and juice from 1 unwaxed lemon

Decent glug of extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon Madras curry powder

Loads of herbs (parsley & chives pictured)

Warm yolk or poached egg to top


Rinse the quinoa in a sieve under running water. You’ll be tempted to skip this stage, but try not to, or you’ll end up with a bitter residue.

Drop the rinsed quinoa into your saucepan of boiling stock. Add turmeric for colour if you have it, and simmer for 12-15 minutes with a lid on it. Drain any excess water from the pan by maneuvering the lid very slightly, so that you can pour off the liquid into the sink without loosing heat from the pan. Let the quinoa ‘dry steam’ in the saucepan on your counter top for a few more minutes. This step eliminates the threat of soggy quinoa, legendary in some vegetarian kitchens.

When it’s done (taste and see), tumble through remaining ingredients. Add as much curry powder as you fancy, and a spot of lemon juice if you feel like it. Olives, capers, pomegranate and herbs are cracking additions should you find any loitering in your pantry. Once the quinoa is cooked, this supper will only ever take 60 seconds prep.

We crown ours with a freshly poached egg, or a raw egg yolk slightly warmed in boiling water first.

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  • Reply Petreawalsh March 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Susan,
    I just made childrens quinoa for myself because I have no little ones,the flavour of the sweet potatoes with the quinoa was just divine ,

    • Reply Susan Jane March 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Snap! We just had some too!

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  • Reply AoifeNicUidhir September 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Made this last night, along with the quinoa & harissa recipe from the cookbook (first time cooking quinoa so went a bit mad) and they were both DIVINE.
    Took ages to make as I don’t have much cooking equipment available to me in my new (rented) place, but man oh man, was it worth it! Will be living off quinoa for the week now 🙂

    • Reply Susan Jane September 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

      That’s fantastic feedback, good woman! THrilled it found your kitchen!

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