If you are an Asian, chances are you grew up eating a fair amount of rice at home. There is something about a warm bowl of fragrant, fluffy white rice that pairs perfectly with any dish served on the table. However, by now, you may have heard that white rice isn’t necessarily the healthiest carb option available. It is mainly made up of refined carbs, which basically means that most of the nutrients have been stripped off in the process.
While you should still be able to enjoy white rice in moderation, we bring you an alternative that will change the way you eat and think about carbs. The formula is simple –swap your rice with quinoa.
Let’s start with a simple, Malaysian style Quinoa Fried Rice that has quickly become a staple in my home. Spicy, fragrant and absolutely tasty – just the way we Malaysians love it. This recipe is also gluten-free, which is great for people with gluten intolerance.
Malaysian Style, Gluten-free Quinoa Fried Rice
- Spring onions
- Fried onions
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked
- Fried anchovies, pounded
- Soy sauce or liquid aminos for gluten-free option
- Chilli, pounded
- Bell peppers, chopped (or any other preferred vegetables)
- Heat up coconut oil in a wok on medium heat.
- Add in garlic and pounded chilli. Stir briefly until fragrant.
- Add in bell peppers and other chopped vegetables, as desired.
- Once vegetables are soft, add in pounded fried anchovies and mix well.
- In small amounts, add in soy sauce and salt to taste.
- Pour in cooked quinoa and adjust flavours as desired.
- Lastly, toss in spring onions and fried onions, then turn off the heat.
- Serve and enjoy while it’s hot.
There you have it! Easy, absolutely tasty and versatile Quinoa Fried Rice recipe to keep you satiated. Perhaps we will see more of these at our favourite mamak stalls sometime soon? Nasi goreng quinoa, satu!