Serve this healthy Coconut Curry Quinoa with your next Indian meal! It's quick, easy, flavorful, uses just 5 ingredients and makes the perfect side dish!
If you love Indian takeout, listen up. This 5-ingredient coconut curry quinoa is going to be your new best friend.
Why? Becuase a) it makes Indian takeout that much healthier, b) it uses just 5 ingredients and takes just 15 minutes to make and c) it tastes deeeelish!
Now Indian food is definitely one of my go-to for takeout. It's quick, tends to have a clean ingredient list and almost always as a vegetarian option. Plus since they're so much variety on the menu, there's usually something for everyone. #winning
But what I don't love is the rice. You get way too much of it, it bulks up the meal without adding anything nutritious and you can tell they often stir in some salt and oil.
So instead… we're going to start replacing that starchy side dish with this. A nutrient- and flavor-packed dish that pairs well with pretty much any type of Indian/Middle Eastern food you could ever want.
I know you guys simply adore these simple, 5-ingredient quinoa recipes, and since the last one I shared was back in March, it was time for a new one.
This coconut curry quinoa is made entirely in one pot. You just add the quinoa, coconut milk, tamari and spices into the pot, simmer away until the quinoa is fluffy and you're ready to serve.
One thing I would like to note about the recipe: I think it works better with lite coconut milk.
Usually I'm all about that full-fat, but in this recipe, the lower fat content just works. I find that it's not as greasy, is lighter and fluffier and has just as strong of a coconut flavor.
Plus, it makes it a little less indulgent, giving you more room to bulk up on those flavorful main dishes you're eating ????
Now for serving…
I think this 5-ingredient coconut curry quinoa would be delicious alongside:
- My easy vegan red lentil dal
- My Moroccan chickpea stew
- My coconut quinoa curry
- My curry roasted vegetable quinoa bowls
- OR with any of your fave Indian dishes
If you end up trying this awesome quinoa chili recipe, I'd absolutely LOVE to see a pic❤️ You can share something with me on Instagram by tagging @simplyquinoa or using #simplyquinoa
More Quinoa Side Dishes:
- 5-ingredient Lemon Turmeric Quinoa
- 3-ingredient Coconut Lime Quinoa
- 5-Ingredient Garlic Butter Quinoa
5-Ingredient Coconut Curry Quinoa
- 1 cup white quinoa
- 2 cups coconut milk full fat or lite
- 2 teaspoon tamari/soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Stir to incorporate, then bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until milk has been absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
- Remove from heat, stir and cover again, allowing quinoa to sit for 5 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork prior to serving. Serve with your favorite dish!
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11 comments on “5-Ingredient Coconut Curry Quinoa”
I can’t have coconut milk could I use almond or soy milk with coconut extract?
I am happy you posted this recipe! Love Indian food!
Will black quinoa work, or will the flavor be too different?
Definitely! It will just affect the texture a bit, but it would still be delicious 🙂
I”m allergic to soy. What can you replace it with?
Chickpeas would totally work!
Thanks Alyssa! All your 5 ingredient recipes are really useful! I live in China so I is difficult to get some things so the simpler the recipe the better. I’d love to see more simple uses for Quinoa, especially with only 5 recipes.
So glad you enjoyed it, Lizz!! xo
I just made this and it was amazing! Thank you!!
Yay!! I’m so glad you liked it!