If you are Vegan, Glutenfree, a clean eater or on a specific diet, this Quinoa Biryani Pilaf is custom designed for you. I have tested the recipe multiple times to bring to you a lip smacking Biryani Pilaf that will soon become your absolute favourite.

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Vegan, Glutenfree, nourishing and delicious. This flavourful Quinoa Biryani Pilaf is a must try.
3 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Servings 3 People


  • 1.5 Cup Quinoa
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2-3 Bay Leaf
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Biryani Masala
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Saffron few strands
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 8-10 Cashews pan fried
  • 2 tbsp Green Chickpeas boiled
  • Fresh Mint handful
  • 1 tbsp Pomegranate Arils to garnish


  • Mix Almond Milk and Saffron and keep aside 
  • Add Oil to a hot pan. Add Onions and fry on a low flame until brown and crisp
  • Remove the Onions from the Oil 
  • In the same Oil add Cumin, Cloves and Bay leaf and cook for a minute until fragrant 
  • Add Ginger Garlic paste and cook until light brown
  • Add the Quinoa, Salt, Water. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes until the Quinoa is 90% cooked
  • In a small pan add 2 tsp Oil, once hot add Turmeric and Shan Pilau Biryani Masala. Sautee for a minute and keep aside
  • Remove 5-6 tbsp of Quinoa from the pan and keep aside
  • Add the Turmeric and Shan Masala mix to the remaining Quinoa and mix gently with the help of a fork 
  • Take a heavy bottom pan and add one layer of the yellow Quinoa, followed by some fried Onions, green Chickpeas, Mint and a drizzle of the Saffron Milk. Add a layer of the white Quinoa and continue until you have used all the Quinoa, Green Chickpeas and Saffron Milk. (Save some fried Onion and Mint for garnish)
  • Cover the pan and cook the Quinoa on a low flame for about 10-12 minutes
  • Once the Quinoa is cooked, transfer to a plate and top with fried Cashews, Pomegranate, fried Onions and Fresh Mint 
  • Serve with some Salad and Coconut Yogurt Raita
Keyword Quinoa Biryani, QUINOA BIRYANI PILAF, Vegan Biryani

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