Kale Quinoa Pilaf

This very quick and easy quinoa pilaf has been one of my favorite go-to dishes when I want to make something fast, filling and delicious.


Frozen quinoa and kale blend to the rescue

What makes this pilaf a breeze to make is the frozen quinoa and kale blend that I buy at Costco and keep in the freezer. The frozen quinoa has four individually wrapped packets, each with cooked quinoa and super green such as kale.

This way I can use one, two, or three packets depending on how many people I am serving.  

All this recipe requires is cutting an onion, a pepper and a few garlic cloves. Then just cook the veggies with spices and add them to the quinoa. That’s it. For a scrumptiously delicious quinoa pilaf in as little as 15 minutes give this quinoa blend a try.


Kale Quinoa Pilaf
makes 5-6 servings


  • 3-4 bags frozen quinoa and kale blend
  • 1 large bell pepper finely cut
  • 1 onion finely cut
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt
  • Cayenne pepper (optional) add to your heat level
  • Oil
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Thaw quinoa in the microwave for 3-4 minutes until the quinoa blend is loose and fluffy.
  • In a large pot heat 3 tbsp oil. Sauté onions and garlic for a 1-2 minutes until onions are translucent. Add all the spices and mix into the fried onions.
  • Next add the peppers and cook peppers for about 3-4 minutes until peppers are tender.
  • Add the quinoa kale blend, add salt to taste and mix into the veggies. Cover the pot and cook the quinoa for an additional 5 minutes to allow the spices and veggie flavors to absorb into the quinoa.
  • Turn the stove off. Add juice of 1 lemon and fluff with a fork. Quinoa pilaf is ready. Garnish with cilantro before serving.

Cook’s Notes:  Kale quinoa pilaf tastes great with a side of yogurt raita. Here are few raita recipes that are easy to make in as little as 5 minutes.

6 thoughts on “Kale Quinoa Pilaf”

  1. Rice once in a while is OK … it is all about portion control . Also , contrary to popular belief White rice has lower glycemic content than Brown Rice , Dolly , PuliyamSaadam by any other name like puliyamquinoa will sound ridiculous …joking

  2. Dolly: This is so timely. I am making some Lifestyle Changes including a Sensible Diet plan to manage my uncontrolled Diabetes and a Fitness plan with moderate daily workouts. I found Quinoa a healthy substitute for Rice with its Protein and fiber Content. Thanks for letting me know about Costco’s frozen Quinoa and Kale . i am continuously learning from your blog posts . Now , i do not have to cook Quinoa and use the Frozen Cooked Quinoa

    1. Our family loves quinoa. I switched to using quinoa instead of rice for rasam, sambar and dhal many years ago and the family doesnt seem to miss the rice. but I know its hard for others.

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