Thursday, 6 March 2014

black sesame quinoa porridge for breakfast, or, alternatively, a quinoa pudding dessert

Quick black sesame quinoa porridge for breakfast.

I'm new to the quinoa porridge concept, at least in practice - I mean, I'd heard of it, but never made it myself, until recently. This packet of organic quinoa flakes my sister gave me had been sitting unassumingly in the cupboard, and all this time I haven't really been giving it much attention, other than sneakily adding it to my savoury rice porridge (i.e. congee) from time to time.

Finally, I decided to make a proper quinoa porridge with it. After all, there were basic instructions at the back of the packet, and it looked incredibly easy. I didn't end up following those instructions, but I did successfully create a quinoa porridge in the end with the quinoa flakes. One with lashings of black sesame powder that my parents bought for me, plus ginger, rice syrup, coconut milk, and a pinch of salt. It was not bad, actually. Be warned, though - this does leave you with black sesame residues on your teeth, so brush after eating!

Organic quinoa flakes.

quick black sesame quinoa porridge with ginger and coconut milk
(serves 1)


1/3 cup quinoa flakes
1/4 cup ground black sesame / black sesame powder
1/4 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1 cup water
3 tablespoons coconut milk
1 pinch salt
rice syrup, to taste (may be substituted with other sweeteners e.g. maple syrup, sugar, etc.)

Place quinoa flakes, black sesame powder, ginger and water into a saucepan and bring to boil, then turn down the heat slightly and let it bubble merrily till the quinoa flakes have absorbed the water and the mixture has thickened - this will take around 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix coconut milk with a pinch of salt.
When the gingered black sesame quinoa porridge is done, add rice syrup to taste. (I used 2 tablespoons - rice syrup is only about half as sweet as sugar, and this was a good amount for me to keep this dish just sweet enough while still being relatively healthy. You may use whatever sweetener you have on hand, to your liking.)
Scoop the quinoa porridge into a serving bowl, then ladle the lightly salted coconut milk over it.

I had this warm, but I suspect it would also be pleasant if chilled and served cold. Moreover, I would venture that one could turn this into sort of a quinoa pudding dessert simply by making it sweeter.

Quick black sesame quinoa porridge with ginger and coconut milk.

16 comments:

  1. I've done straight up quinoa for breakfast but have yet to venture into using the flakes since they're a bit harder to find. I love the idea of adding sesame and ginger--I might have to just try this the next time I want quinoa (of any variety) for breakfast!

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    1. The flakes are quite common in Australian supermarkets these days. Yeah, sesame and ginger is a great combination (one that is popular in Chinese cuisine, from which I took my inspiration.) :)

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  2. I've never tried the flakes either, but this looks really good. I am definitely a fan of black sesame seeds, but where do you get the powder?

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    1. My parents got a packet for me, so I don't know for sure, but I think you might be able to get them in Asian groceries. Otherwise, you could just toast and grind your own, if you have the means and inclination to do so.

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  3. Un gran desayuno saludable con quinoa me encanta la uso seguidamente,abrazos y saludos.

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    1. Gracias por tu dulce comentario, abrazos y saludos. :)

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  4. This is my kind of food…. we've been messing around with quinoa and chia for breakfast recently. Love the addition of black sesame!

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    1. They are pretty good breakfast ingredients! Glad you like. :)

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  5. I love, love, love making black sesame porridge. I like a blend of quinoa and oats, or millet and oats. Woot!

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    1. I do remember that you have a love for black sesame! I like the sound of your wholesome blends.

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  6. I have to admit, I haven't gotten past quinoa grain in salads. I haven't used the flakes but I don't like squishy foods.

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    1. The flakes are similar to oats, but they still have a quinoa vibe to them.

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  7. I wouldn't have thought to mix black sesame with quinoa, but I guess it's just like the rice and black sesame combo. I'm going to have to keep my eye out for quinoa flakes next!

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    1. Yes - this dish is a bit inspired by "tang yuan" and "pulut hitam", I would say. :D

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  8. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! what an amazing way to start your day!

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