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Curried Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachios {vegan + gluten free}

  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


A healthy gluten free and vegan side dish – this curried quinoa pilaf with pistachios is made with a few simple ingredients and topped with delicious pistachios and fresh herbs! Flavorful, nutritious, and a great side dish for any meal!



For quinoa pilaf

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 1/2 cups broth 

To garnish

  • pistachios
  • cilantro 
  • green onions


  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer until water runs clear. Set strainer over a bowl to finish draining.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat. Add finely diced onion, garlic, and sea salt. Cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions start to caramelize and have reduced in size significantly. 
  3. Add rinsed and drained quinoa along with garlic powder and curry powder to the pot. Stir and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes, until quinoa is dry and spices start to stick to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add broth, scraping up any stuck on bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring up to a strong simmer. Reduce heat to low, stir, cover, and set a timer for 25 minutes. 
  5. After 25 minutes, remove from heat and take off the lid. Allow steam and heat to release for about 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. 
  6. Top with chopped pistachios, cilantro, green onions and serve! 


  • This curried quinoa can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. This makes it perfect for meal prep!
  • If your quinoa is not labeled as pre-rinsed, make sure you rinse it well using a fine mesh strainer to keep it from tasting bitter.
  • If you have nut allergy, you can easily leave out the pistachios to make it nut free.

Keywords: quinoa, curry, gluten free, side dish, pistachios, meal prep, make ahead