Announcing Whole Grain Baking Event – Quinoa

Whole Grain Baking Event - Quinoa

Wish you all a very happy Tamil New Year! After a small hiatus, I thought its high time that I kick start the whole grain baking event with Quinoa (pronounced as Keenwah) this month. Quinoa is not exotic any more. I would say that the credit for the popularity of quinoa (and other similar healthy ingredients) goes to the enthusiastic food bloggers who bring it to light.

Here is an interesting detail of Quinoa:

Quinoa in Tamil is: சீமைத்தினை.

Quinoa was even mentioned in old Tamil literature (Thirukural – திருக்குறள்) as follows on verse 433:

தினைத்துணையாங் குற்றம் வரினும் பனைத்துணையாக்
கொள்வர் பழிநாணு வார். (குறள் 433)

Meaning: Those who fear guilt, if they commit a fault small as a millet seed (quinoa), will consider it to be as large as a palm tree.

The protein content in Quinoa is very high making it very popular among vegetarians, vegans and athletes. In fact it is considered even superior to rice and wheat. It is also a good source of fiber, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Another fact worth remembering is it is gluten free too. To know more about the benefits and nutritional value of quinoa check here.

Whole grain forms of Quinoa includes any type of whole quinoa, quinoa flour and quinoa flakes. Please do let me know if you are aware of any other form of whole quinoa.

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  1. Champa

    Madhuram, I sent something last week on this. Did you get it? I didn’t get any reply from you that’s why the question.

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  4. Helen

    Done and eaten for breakfast this morning! Off to write it up now! Thanks for hosting this!

    Thanks Helen, that was very quick.

  5. shoba

    I use cooked quinoa for upama,biryani,kuzhi paniyaram, dosa and parathas but I have not baked it so far.. This should be interesting. Will definitely try something innovative. Good one, Madhuram.

  6. Sweatha

    I will miss this time as well Madhu,its not available here

  7. Mo

    By the way, isn’t quinoa a seed? Oh well, it’s used like a grain so that’s okay. I’m super excited about this though and I’m going to Whole Foods tonight to get a whole bunch of quinoa. 🙂

  8. Priya

    Recently i have started cooking quinoa, yet to try bakes with them..thanks for choosing quinoa, will try out to come with some bakes definitely..Hope u r doing well..glad to see u back…

  9. Soumya

    Hi Madhuram,
    I wanted to know do u consider grilled items under baking?

    Soumya, I would accept if some part of it was made in the oven.

  10. Mo

    I’ve never baked with quinoa before but I think I’ll give it a shot now and if it works out, I’ll submit. 🙂

    I too haven’t baked using quinoa and hope it comes out well Mo.