Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Quinoa Thin Cake

I was looking for something rather than Quinoa Salad that is usually made with this grain and I realized that people make so many different dishes with it. Thus decided to try this one: Quinoa Cake with Yogurt Sauce. The following ingredients were gathered:

a.    2 tablespoon Whole Wheat Flour.
b.    1 and a half teaspoon Baking Power.
c.    1 and a half cups Quinoa.
d.    3 cups Water. (Here pay attention that the volume of water is twice as Quinoa's)
e.    4 clovers of Garlic, minced. 
f.     1 small Onion, chopped. 
g.    3 cups of chopped Spinach
h.    1/4 of teaspoon Lemon rind.
i.     3 Eggs. 
j.     1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese. (For that I purchased a small slab and grated that myself. Not so fucking lazy not being able to rub a small piece of cheese to a metal tool!)

It's obvious that I've replaced garbage and nonsense items such as all STUPID purpose flour and other canned trash with acceptable ingredients!

To make this great meal follow these steps: 

a. Combine Quinoa and Water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until cooked. Set aside and let cool.
b. Fry Onion, minced Garlic Cloves in enough Olive Oil. Reduce Heat.
c. Add Spinach and mix with the Garlic and Onion and cook until no liquid remains. 
d. Combine the Whole Wheat Flour, Eggs, Baking Powder, Lemon Rind and Parmesan Cheese very well and set aside for a few minutes. 
e. Pour the mixture of the fried vegetables into the bowl of Flour and else and mix very well.
f. Make desirable size of cakes and fry them in a pan. I made them thin to be able to have the ready faster but the direction I found say they should be fried at one side and then kept in the oven and then taken out and fried on the other side. This step is necessary if you make thick cakes because the Flour, Eggs and Powder should come together and hold the rest of the ingredients. For the first set came out really good and delicious. The second set that I kept in the refrigerator for the next day had problem at the beginning and and didn't come together really well. I guess that was because the ingredients lose their attributes over the night but then covering the frying pan during frying help me to have the same result. 
One last important thing for the meal is its sauce which requires:

a.   2 cups Yogurt (I used homemade and really light one which came out really nice in the sauce)
b.   3 Green Onions.
d.   1 tablespoon freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
e.    Salt.
f.     ground Black Pepper

Add the Lemon Juice to the Yogurt. Chop Green Onions and add together with Salt and Pepper. Wix really well and add in a drizzled fashion to your cakes. It would be so tasty. The colness of the sause and the warmth of the cakes help the meal to come down to a good temperature. The sauce also enhances the flavour of the cake. 
(Photo: Quinoa thin cakes made at home. You can see the texture and feel the little crunch that you would get, if you had a bite. This type of meal which is made with different ingredients is called Kuku in Persian cooking)

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