Spiced Quinoa Timbales

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa (small, flat, disk-shaped seeds, available at natural foods stores and many specialty foods shops)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped drained canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
Directions

In a fine sieve, rinse the quinoa under cold water for 1 minute and drain it well. In a heavy saucepan cook the onion in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until it is softened, add the cumin, the cinnamon, and the turmeric, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the quinoa and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the broth, the water, the currants, the tomatoes, and the salt and simmer the mixture, covered, for 15 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat, let the mixture stand, covered, for 5 minutes, and stir in the parsley. Divide the quinoa mixture among 6 buttered 1/2-cup timbale molds, packing it, and invert the timbales onto a platter.


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