Curried Quinoa and Wild Rice Savory Cakes

quinoa wild rice savory cakes

After eating so much cheese over the holidays, a healthy, mostly vegan cleanse has been in order. This is an perfect winter dish that pairs well with a thick chickpea curry. I didn't even need to make chutney to go along with the patties, as the gravy from the chickpea dish was an ideal accompaniment for spooning over the cakes. For an especially balanced vegetarian meal, consider serving up a leafy green salad on the side. Crispy on the outside, moist inside, this is yet another treasured quinoa recipe that will be gracing my table year round.

Curried Quinoa and Wild Rice Savory CakesCurried Quinoa and Wild Rice Savory Cakes
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Published on January 2, 2013

Delicious and wholesome quinoa and wild rice cakes seasoned with curry spices

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/3 cup wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 green onions, green and white parts, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 or 3 fresh green chilies or jalapeƱos, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten, or one flax egg (*see note)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or quinoa flour (or as needed)
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil for frying
  • Thoroughly rinse the quinoa and soak overnight in 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, combine the wild rice in a small saucepan with 3/4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the rice begins to break apart. Drain off excess water and set aside

  • Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium heat in a frying pan. When hot, toss in the green onion, garlic and chilies or jalapeƱos. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes, then toss in the spices and salt and stir for 1 minute. Add the tomato and continue to stir for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

  • Transfer the cooked rice and quinoa to a large bowl, fluff with a fork, mashing slightly, and stir in the fried onion mixture, egg and flour until well combined. Add more flour as necessary so that the mixture is not too moist and holds together.

  • Heat the remaining oil over medium heat in a non-stick frying pan. When hot, form the quinoa and rice mixture into 2-inch round and 1/2-inch thick patties and add to the pan. Fry for 5 minutes until golden brown, then flip and fry for another 5 minutes until both sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

  • Serve warm topped with yogurt or your favorite chutney. Can be reheated in foil wrap at a low temperature in the oven if made prior to dinnertime.

  • *Note: To make one flax egg, combine 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons water. Let sit for 15 minutes before using.

Makes eight 2-inch cakes or 4 servings

wild rice quinoa patties

More delightful savory cakes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Spicy Baked Chickpea Koftas
Chickpea and Brown Rice Patties
Northeast African Millet Patties
Thai Tempeh Patties with a Red Chili Dipping Sauce


Cazzy said...

Thank you I am going to try this dish, but with a different flour, probably rice flour.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I think we all need a cleanse after the holidays. Love this tasty choice,

Anonymous said...

Wow, this just looks sooo yummy!

Unknown said...

Can you bake these?

Lisa Turner said...

Yes, you could. I would suggest a preheated 375 degree oven. Bake for about 15 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flip and cook until browned, which should take another 10 - 15 minutes. I usually prefer baking to pan frying. Less oil.