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This easy-to-do and tasty Lebanese dish is made of quinoa instead of bulgur, tomatoes and onions.

You can serve plain yogurt next to it or simply a salad.

Serves 2-3



- 1 big onion, diced
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil  

- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1.5 cup chopped tomatoes
- 3 tsp organic tomato paste
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp chili powder or chili flakes (optional)
- Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put the oils in a pot on the stove, and add the onion and half the salt.
  2. Mix well until the onion is well cooked (around 5-6 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, wash the quinoa very well.
  4. Add the quinoa to the onion and stir it for two minutes.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, water, remaining salt, chili (if using), and black pepper.
  6. Let it come to a boil, lower the heat, and cover the pot.
  7. Let it simmer until the quinoa is well done and the liquid is all absorbed (around 20 minutes).
  8. You can serve this plate warm or cold.
  9. Serve it with green salad, mint leaves, and radishes.