Quinoa Pilaf (Upma) (Pressure Cooker)

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by tamarinda

Upma is a pilaf preparation from South India. (P.S. Upma is typically mildly spiced and served with coconut chutney or ginger chutney, e.g., recipes #110219, #116586. For more spice, select a chutney which suits your tastes.) This recipe is different from most Upma recipes in using a pressure cooker and quinoa instead of semolina. You can substitute 1-1/4 cup semolina (more traditional) for the quinoa and your choice of chopped seasonal vegetables for the peas. From the Sakthi Foundation ayurvedic recipes: http://www.sakthifoundation.org/kitchen_dinner-2.htm

Top Review by Mia in Germany

Basically, this is a good dish which I will make again because it's so easily made. But I found the taste very bland and had to add more salt, more ginger, more curry and some cumin. Maybe it would be better with the chili added, which I omitted, but then it would be only a little hot and not spicy. The addition of some lemon makes this special, so I'll keep this recipe, just a little spiced up :) Thanks for posting! Made for Healthy Choices ABC.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put all the ingredients into a pressure cooker. Stir once.
  2. Cook on medium to medium-high heat.
  3. After three whistles, remove from heat.
  4. After the pressure reduces (5 to 10 minutes), open.
  5. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  6. Serve hot with chutney.

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