Recipe: Ayurvedic Quinoa Porridge

May 20, 2013 | Ayurveda, Food

Try out this deliciously healthy recipe for breakfast.

It will aid your digestion and nourish you from the inside out.

The best way to start the day is with a meal that is light, easy to digest, and, most importantly warm. This will help to kindle your digestive fire, after fasting overnight. We do not want to shock the digestive system first thing in the morning. In Ayurveda it is believed that breakfast should not be the biggest meal of the day. Lunch is considered the largest, heaviest meal, as it is when the digestive fire (pitta) is at its strongest – just as the sun is at that time of day. A heavy breakfast leads to sluggishness, and all of your energy rushing to the belly to start the hard work of digesting and processing. Instead, offer yourself a light and warming start to the day with this Ayurvedic spiced porridge (which can be made vegan!):


(Serves 2)

– 2/3 cup of organic quinoa flakes
– 1-2 tablespoons ghee
– 2 1/2 cups hot water ( 2 cups of hot water and 1/2 cup of milk of your choice)
– Pinch of fennel seeds
– 4-5 green cardamom pods (opened)
– 10-12 raisins OR 3 chopped organic medjool dates
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– Flaked, slivered, or blanched almonds, and/or pumpkin seeds (lightly dry toasted or toasted in a little ghee)


– One a low heat, dry-toast organic quinoa flakes, cardamom seeds, and fennel seeds in your pot until you smell the grains being warmed and toasted lightly.
– Add the ghee, and stir through for a couple of minutes
– Pour 2 cups of hot water into your pot and stir (be careful, the mix will splutter!)
– Add 1/2 a cup of milk*. Stir
– Add your choice of dried fruit
– Once the porridge is ready to be served, add the cinnamon and stir through
– Serve with lightly toasted almonds/seeds on top (warm stewed apples is another yummy option!)
***If you’re used to very sweet porridges you may need to add some jaggery or rapadura sugar initially as you slowly transition to less sweetness. The dried fruit has plenty of sugars, and cinnamon is a natural sweetener. A light drizzle of maple syrup would work too – but try not to go overboard!

Be sure to eat your meal with full awareness and attention in a relaxed manner, to enjoy the full benefits of such healing and nourishing food.

Have you tried this recipe yet? Or do you have any questions? If so, leave a comment below!

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