Spiced Quinoa Pilaf [Sassool Cafe]


    Spiced Quinoa Pilaf [Sassool Cafe]

    Prep time40 minutes
    By author Simone Saleh


    • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
    • 3 cloves Garlic (Minced)
    • 3 stalks Celery (Chopped)
    • 2 Large Carrots (Chopped)
    • 1 cup Dry Quinoa
    • 1 bag Frozen Artichoke Bottoms (Thawed and Cubed)
    • 4 cups Hot Water
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom
    • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • Parsley (for Garnish)
    • 4oz Halloumi Cheese (Chopped in 1/2 Inch Cubes (Optional))


    Step 1
    Heat olive oil in a pot and then add minced garlic; let sit until it becomes fragrant.
    Step 2
    Heat olive oil in pan and add diced onion, let sit until it become translucent and then add in the garlic. Stir and then let sit for about 2 minutes.
    Step 3
    Add in the dry quinoa, along with the cubed artichokes, stir once and let cook for 4 more minutes.
    Step 4
    Add all spices, followed by the hot water. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed the water. Garnish with parsley before serving.
    Step 5
    After quinoa is ready, mix in ½” cubes of sautéed halloumi cheese and mix well before serving. [Optional]