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Quinoa with Fried Onions and Chestnuts


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Quinoa with Fried Onions and Chestnuts

I love quinoa, on Passover and year-round. A staple in South America, it’s a nutritional powerhouse, and delicious too, and so versatile! Quinoa comes in white, red and black, as I did here, so mix and match and get fun results each time. Please do not skip the step where you are told to rinse the quinoa in cold water: It rids it of the saponin that has been sprayed on it to keep the insects away away: What do you know, they love quinoa, as do we! I find that quinoa works best when the cooking water we start with is cold.


  • Ready Time : 0 min



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 2 cups quinoa, white, red or black, or a combination, thoroughly rinse in a large fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear
  • 4 cups cold water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2-3 ounce bags vacuum-packed roasted peeled chestnuts, broken into smaller pieces


Heat the oil in a large skillet. In a food processor, coarsely grind the onions, and add to the pot. Cook on a medium flame, stirring occasionally, until dark. Transfer the onions to a bowl. Add the quinoa, water, salt, pepper and turmeric, and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium and cook, covered, about 15 minutes: the grain will start opening and showing tiny white points. Stir in the reserved onions and the chestnuts. Serve hot.

About Levana Kirschenbaum


Lévana Kirschenbaum was co-owner of Levana Restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (alas, recently closed after thirty two years), and the pioneer in Kosher upscale dining. She is a cooking teacher and cookbook author, and gets countless devoted fans for her fearless, practical and nutritious approach to cooking. She gives weekly cooking demos, and gets cooking demo engagements around the country. She has published "Levana's Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone", "Levana Cooks Dairy-Free!”, and a book-dvd set based on her demo series called "In Short Order”. She has just published her latest cookbook: “The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple”. She is launching a line of all-natural spelt desserts, called, what else, Lévana. Her weekly cooking demos take place at her apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side: Get ready for dinner and a show! Go onto her website to find out more about her demos, cookbooks, desserts, and entertaining stories at www.levanacooks.com




One Response to Quinoa with Fried Onions and Chestnuts

  1. avatar says: Rrkahana

    I need more rice recipees

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