Spicy vegetable & quinoa one-pot

Spicy vegetable & quinoa one-pot

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

This high fibre dish counts as 3 of your 5-a-day, with a creamy and spicy curried sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze ahead
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal398
  • fat12g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre7g
  • protein22g
  • salt0.96g
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  • 1 onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 tbsp vegetarian korma or Madras curry paste
  • 1l milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 750g frozen mixed vegetable
  • 175g quinoa, rinsed



    Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…

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  1. Simmer the onion and the curry paste with a splash of water for 5 mins in a large saucepan, stirring from time to time. Heat the milk in a jug in the microwave.

  2. Add the vegetables and quinoa, then stir in the milk. Bring to the boil, simmer gently for 10 mins until the quinoa is cooked. Check seasoning. Serve with warm naan bread.

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Comments (39)

stokeysue's picture

I am shocked that a reputable source such as Good Food magazine could describe this as a "laksa"
A laksa is a Malaysian dish consisting of a distinctive spice paste, coconut milk and noodles plus other ingredients
A one pot Quinoa dish (has anyone in Malaysia ever tasted Quinoa? It comes from the Andes) made with Indian spice paste and dairy milk bears little resemblance to Malay cuisine
It may be a nice quick one pot dish, but it is NOT a laksa

foodprocessor's picture

This makes for an incredibly speedy, healthy and satisfying dinner! I used a 450g bag of frozen mix veg and three cubes of frozen spinach, otherwise I kept all the other ingredients as stated in the recipe. I used Patak's mild spicy curry paste and got a lovely creamy consistency. Will make it again and again!

donnakidston's picture

I made this with Almond milk instead of ordinary milk. I also added some chicken breast. I halved the ingredients and it was enough for 3 portions. I found it a bit too spicy (I only eat Kormas mind you.) so I'd reduce my Korma paste to 1tbsp next time. Wondering whether I can freeze my leftovers....
It was quite tasty and very quick and easy. Best of all it's quite healthy. I'll make it again. Will probably try it with rice just to experiment.

hwolff's picture

Delicious and nutritious, help to establish a calm atmosphere in such troubling times. Hats off to the Inca people for their marvellous contribution to the world's food treasures.

julie-annhawkins's picture

We loved this dinner! It satisfied us as well as an Indian takeaway!
I fried the onion in a little oil, added 2 tbsp madras paste, then fresh carrot, mixed peppers and quorn pieces.
I followed suggestions of half milk, half coconut milk. I forgot to hear the milk, but it didn't curdle. I did add the coconut a few minutes later, not sure of that made a difference( only because I'd forgotten to buy some and sent husband to shop!)
I also forgot to buy flat bread, but found a great recipe: in food processor:- 250g sr flour, 250g yogurt, half tbsp of baking powder, sea salt, wizzed it, flattened it and dry fried on high heat in griddle pan- took 3 mins start to finish! All tasted delicious and a bonus that quinoa is a 'super food' :-)

ballymac676's picture

Maybe it was because I had never cooked or tasted quinoa before but found this receipe totally bland. As always I read other users comments and did use coconut milk but still didn't work for me. One of the few recipies from this site that I wont be making again

oheffie's picture

Not a fan of this recipe. For some reason it ended up having a slightly bitter taste and not really sure where that came from. I made this with Coconut milk (the milk replacement not actual coconut milk) and this gave it a nice coconut edge.

pj019's picture

The bitter taste may have come from the quinoa, before you cook it you must rinse it in cold water, it should taste fine after that. I hope it helps!

sadieloumc's picture

I followed the recipe as it was and it makes a really yummy soup! Impressed. Used balti paste which was perfect for my milder tastes.

AtoLongMan's picture

Not really laksa but a delicious soup nonetheless. I did half the amount, but used extra madras paste and fresh veg (broccoli, asparagus, baby corn, green pepper and courgette). Used half skimmed milk and half chicken stock. Really flavoursome and filling, and very healthy. Loved it, will finitely make again.

embotembot's picture

Had some leftover quinoa and decided to give this recipe a go as it looked fast & easy. Fast & easy it was, but I was completely let down by the flavour and texture. It was runny, had an altogether unpleasant taste, and was just generally disappointing. It seems a shame as the recipe made so much! Usually bbc good food is my number one stop for recipe inspiration & nine times out of ten the result is delucious, but I wouldn't try this again.

embotembot's picture

Had some leftover quinoa and decided to give this recipe a go as it looked fast & easy. Fast & easy it was, but I was completely let down by the flavour and texture. It was runny, had an altogether unpleasant taste, and was just generally disappointing. It seems a shame as the recipe made so much! Usually bbc good food is my number one stop for recipe inspiration & nine times out of ten the result is delucious, but I wouldn't try this again.

flutey2t's picture

Really great recipe; so fast and easy! Good to make if you're in a rush and not much in the fridge. Also, it's good to find a recipe using quinoa.

pharaoh101's picture

What a tasty way of getting so much veg!

Very filling, quick and easy.

Changes: I used stock and Kara dairy alternative (instead of cow's milk) and I used 4 teaspoons of paste (not tablespoons).

Everybody agreed we'll all be having it again. Yum!

katharinaanna's picture

This was a really easy, really tasty midweek supper. First time we'd tried quinoa and, in this recipe, it went down a treat. Will definitely be making this again.

buffologist's picture

I too was rather dubious about this recipe so I tweaked it by adding a sachet of coconut cream to the milk. I didn't use frozen veg either but just threw in a little of whatever was in the fridge.

Totally delicious! Even without the changes I made I still think this would be really tasty.

kitchenlab's picture

the milk did not do it for me....first the taste of side dish boiled in milk....then i feel 1l milk was tooo much! never again.

d41d0y's picture

I think this was a bit bland. If I made it again I'd probably use stock and coconut milk instead of normal milk.

staceyb85's picture

Made this using Tikka paste (I thought Korma might be a bit sickly) and rice and it was very good. Needed a bit more liquid though as it turned out more of a biryani than a soup, but the taste was good and it was a nice way to use up leftover veggies in the fridge at the end of the week! Might have a go at using coconut milk next time just to see what the difference us.

chewy7's picture

This recipe is not a laksa, there are some great recipes out there that, granted take a bit longer, are fab (I would recommend the Something for the Weekend tofu laksa). This produced a watery curry like broth, a laksa is supposed to be lovely and creamy. Try coconut milk at least, normal milk doesn't cut it.


Questions (2)

thecherub's picture

Hi, Was just wondering if I could substitute the quinoa for cousous? Thanks :o)

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