How to prepare Cañihua / Kaniwa / Baby Quinoa?

Recently I have been asked about baby quinoa, which I found out is how kaniwa (cañihua) is being called. The procedure is similar to cooking quinoa, except for the advantage that it does not contain saponine, which makes the preparation even simpler. Here are some of my favorite recipes on Pinterest, which include detailed steps on how to prepare this amazing andean grain, hope you enjoy them!

Peruvian Kaniwa / Canihua  -  Recipes

Featured Recipe: Quinoa, Mixed Peppers and Avocado Cream Verrines from Tartelette

Wow, it has been a while since my last post, 2013 is going by so quickly, hope you all are having a great start of the year! Today I  wanted to share with you a Quinoa recipe which is amazing in so many ways… It is delicious, visual, both gluten and dairy free but above all it is shared in a great post from Helene Dujardin in her award winning blog Tartelette. Helene shares in a very special post her feelings about the struggle of being allergic. I have dear friends and family members who suffer from allergies to various things and in different levels. I myself discovered I have turned allergic to fresh apples last summer. Helene’s testimony is honest, moving and puts into words the feelings both allergic people and their family and friends experience on a daily basis. Great food for thought indeed.

Quinoa, Mixed Peppers and Avocado Cream Verrines from Tartelette

  • Ingredients:  quinoa, red and yellow pepper, olive oil, avocado, lime, cilantro, green onion, your choice of plain yogurt
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Featured Recipe: Hearty Mushroom, Marsala and Quinoa Autumn Soup from Morena Escardo via Spanglish Baby

WOW!!! … I am so trying this Quinoa recipe today!!!  Just Perfect for this time of the year here in the North Pole!!!

I am so delighted to feature a Peruvian foodie, Morena Escardo. Morena and her mom share their passion for Peruvian food in the blog Peru Delights, highly recommended!!


Hearty Mushroom, Marsala and Quinoa Autumn Soup from Morena Escardo via Spanglish Baby

  • Ingredients:  Quinoa, olive oil, mushrooms, white onion, carrots, garlic, vegetable stock, Marsala cooking wine, dried rosemary, tomato purée, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper
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Featured Recipe: Kaniwa and Coconut Pancakes from Green Kitchen Stories

Gorgeous idea for Sunday’s brunch: Kaniwa Pancakes! What a delicious recipe from David, Luise and Elsa, the wonderful Scandinavia family behind the amazing vegan blog Green Kitchen Stories.

They are currently busy working on a book which I cannot wait to buy, and this is the carnivorous Peruvian talking, can only imagine the excitement of my vegetarian friends!!!


Kaniwa and Coconut Pancakes from Green Kitchen Stories

  • Pancakes: eggs, bananas, coconut milk, cooked kaniwa, coconut flakes, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut oil / Syrup: cherries, prunes, lemon, agave syrup, ground clove
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Featured Recipe: Cacao Quinoa Granola from Keepin’ it Kind

Cacao and Quinoa, YEEEEES, this awesome recipe got me at hello!!! The generous vegan blogger Kristy Turner from Keepin’ it Kind keeps on surprising her readers with great creations and this granola is one of them, I cannot wait to try it!

Cacao Quinoa Granola from Keepin' it Kind

  • Ingredients: crisp brown rice cereal, rolled oats, puffed quinoa crisp cereal, quinoa flakes, hemp hearts, brown flax seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, cacao powder, brown rice syrup, flax oil, molasses, chocolate extract
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Featured Recipe: Coconut quinoa patties with mango salsa from Edible Perspective

It was love at first sight, all boxes ticked for the perfect recipe! Quinoa, mango, coconut, yogurt sauce OMG I have to try this now!!! Ashley McLaughlin’s inspiring blog Edible Perspective is full of wonderful surprises and a pleasure to read. Visit her blog for the full version of this and more amazing creations!

Coconut quinoa patties with mango salsa from Edible Perspective

  • Patties: quinoa, eggs, coconut, parsley, ricotta cheese, garlic, quinoa flour, raw honey, extra virgin coconut oil, lemon zest, salt, cayenne pepper
  • Mango salsa: mango, cucumber, shallot, red pepper, lime juice, lime zest, salt, pepper Sauce: plain yogurt, honey, lemon zest, salt, cayenne pepper
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Featured Recipe: Delicious Kaniwa Salad from Ingredients, inc.

Culinary Nutritionist Alison Lewis from Alabama was one of the first bloggers introducing Peruvian kaniwa  in the USA last year.  The ingredients for this salad harmonize perfectly with kaniwa‘s nutty flavor!

For this and more super nutritious recipes visit Alison’s blog Ingredients, inc. 

Kaniwa Salad from Ingredients, inc.