Bulgur wheat and quinoa pilaf can be served as a nice side dish or as the lunch option. Pilaf or Pulao is a popular dish of many cuisines; it is prepared by cooking rice in seasoned vegetable broth. Pilaf may contain vegetable, meat, fish, dried fruits etc depending upon local cuisine. I have used bulgur wheat and quinoa for this pilaf recipe with corn, peas, red onion and dried fruits. You can also use any other vegetable, fruit and nuts of your choice.
Bulgur is a wheat-based staple of Middle -Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. It is usually sold parboiled and dried so it takes a little time to cook. Bulgur is used in the preparation of sweet and savoury dishes, in Northern India, it is also known as “Dalia”. Apart from pilaf bulgur can also be used in soups, salads, baked goods or as a stuffing. Bulgur is healthier than white rice; it has high fibre and protein content, low glycemic index. It has also higher levels of vitamins and minerals in comparison to white rice.
The second most important ingredient of this recipe is quinoa, most of us are aware of health benefits of this superfood. Quinoa can be a healthy addition to many recipes from soups to salads and also to some sweet recipes. Quinoa has the perfect balance of all nine amino acids essential for human nutrition. This type of complete protein is rarely found in plant foods, so it can be a good source of protein for vegan diet. Quinoa also provides a good amount of dietary fibre and iron. Quinoa is also high in magnesium, B-vitamins, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. So replace white rice with these grains for healthier food choice.
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