Quinoa chocolate halwa
We have tried different things with the nutrition-rich quinoa, but I wanted to figure out how well it lends itself to a sweet dish. Quite surprisingly, its nutty flavor passed the test with flying colors! I should confess that I needed a good amount of vanilla extract to mask its smell which put me off a bit, but the added flavor did the trick and it tasted great!

Ingredients (serves 4):

quinoa - 1 cup
milk - 4 cups
sugar - 1 cup
cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
ghee (clarified butter) - 4 tbsp
sliced almonds - 3 tbsp
vanilla extract - a few drops


Cook quinoa in 2 cups of milk. Cool and pulse in a food processor with 2 cups of milk, to form a smooth paste - well, as smooth as possible (it is difficult to grind whole quinoa to a completely smooth paste). Heat sugar with 1/4 cup water. Once it dissolves, add quinoa paste. Dissolve cocoa powder in a little milk and add to the quinoa-sugar mixture. Add vanilla extract and cook for a few minutes until the mixture thickens. Mix in the ghee and 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds. Stir until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Decorate with the remaining sliced almonds and serve warm.
15 Responses
  1. A tempting sweet....looks great...

  2. Swathi Says:

    Quinoa chooclate halwa looks yumm.

  3. aipi Says:

    Yum, what an innovative idea, love it :)
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  4. Priya Says:

    Omg, thats soo irresistible,inviting and wonderful halwa, quite unique..

  5. very interesting and so innovative halwa !!

  6. Healthy combo and looks superb!

  7. Sarah Naveen Says:

    Beautiful click..looks so yumm!!

  8. Sobha Shyam Says:

    wow.. amazing dessert, that too with protein rich quinoa..lovely recipe dear..if u r interested, plz send it to my event..


  9. sowmya Says:

    looks so good..delicious dessert to make!!!

  10. GEETHA ACHAL Says:

    Looks so tempting and healthy...

  11. sara Says:

    i never would have thought to use quinoa in a dessert, but it looks delicious!

  12. interesting combo dear...
    looks delicious and very tempting.
    nice click :)

  13. Vatsala. Says:

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  14. Emreen Says:

    Thats a delicious looking halwa... picture perfect... especially with the red rose...

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