Baked Quinoa Croquettes – Guest Post from Anupama

baked quinoa croquettes

Its guest post day, and today we have Anupama from Easy bites Online. Social media is playing a great role in finding new people, I happened to see Anupama’s post in a FB group and started visiting her space. I am a big fan of her healthy recipes. I  apporached her to do a guest post for Toddler friendly recipes, she instantly agreed and here is her healthy snacks.

Anupama says,

Quinoa, although less known, this super grain is making a definite way into our lives, rightly so if you ask me. Packed with all the eight essential amino acids (and thereby a complete protein), fiber, magnesium, phosphorous and iron, quinoa has made its way for sure into my kitchen.

Nearly every meal of ours entails either rice or wheat, our habitual grains. I am aware that to bring in quinoa can be tricky especially with picky toddlers!

When Vidya Srinivasan, from Traditionally Modern Food, asked me for a toddler-friendly guest post on her blog, I could not refuse; not because I find it hard to say ‘No’ to anyone, but because being such a professional, enthusiastic blogger, lovely and a thoughtful person that she is, I simply could not bring myself to say no. I feel this has opened up another channel to know Vidya and her wonderful blog better. Do visit her blog for numerous delicious, healthy recipes.

I decided this would be another opportunity to bring in quinoa and make it toddler-friendly!

An eye-catching finger food presented to hungry kids after school is sure to entice them to dig in. As anticipated, the array of Baked Quinoa Croquettes sitting at the table with some ketchup, drew my kids to it. They simply grabbed one each, dug into the dip and ‘puff’ it was gone.

These are baked, however, can be deep-fried too.

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baked quinoa croquettes close up


cooked quinoa – 1/2 cup

cooked mashed or cooked grated potato – 3/4 cup

paneer – 1/4 cup (Indian cottage cheese)

finely chopped onion – 1/2 cup

finely chopped green bell pepper – 1/4 cup

garlic – 1 clove chopped fine

ginger – 1 tsp grated fine

fresh mint leaves – 6-8 roughly chopped

fresh coriander chopped fine – 2 tbsp

raisins, roughly chopped cashews – couple of tbsp as stuffing (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

lemon juice – 2 tsp (or to taste)

corn slurry prepared using a tbsp of corn flour mixed in 1 tbsp of water

bread crumbs prepared using brown bread powdered in a blender

olive oil – few tsp to drizzle over and to grease the tray


– First cook quinoa as per the instructions on the pack.

– Add this 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa to a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients.

add quinoa, potato, paneer, onion, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper to a bowl (1)

– Mix everything well. it should come together nicely like a dough.

– Now take small portions of the mixture of the size of a golf ball.

– Flatten it over your palm using your fingers.

– Place a couple of raisins and cashew pieces (if preferred). cover this up by bringing together the mixture all around and over the stuffing. make a ball shaped croquette.

flatten a portion of the mixture. place a couple of raisind. cover them over to make a ball.

– Now, dip this in cornflour slurry, then roll over bread crumbs to cover all over. Pat gently all over to allow bread crumbs to stick well.

roll the prepared balls in corn flour slurryroll over bread crumbs to cover all over

– Place this on a plate or tray. Repeat the same with the rest of the mixture.

place the prepared balls over lined greased baking tray, bake at 190 deg C until golden

– Pre-heat the oven to 190 deg C.

– Allow these balls to sit for 10-15 min. this will allow the corn flour to harden a bit. This will ensure that the balls do not open up when deep-fried. It retains its shape well too when baked.

-Now drizzle over or brush gently some olive oil over each of the balls.

-Place them on a lined, greased baking tray.

-Bake them for 22-25 min or until nicely browned up.

-Serve with ketchup.

baked quinoa croquettes wide


Since this is meant for kids, green chili has not been used. but if tolerated, can be used.

If preferred, the cornflour slurry can also be seasoned with salt and pepper powder.

The finer you chop the vegetables, the easier it will be to prepare balls.

Stuffing with raisins, nuts is optional. if stuffing is not preferred, make smaller balls.

Keep an eye on the bake.

Allow it to cool slightly before you attempt to remove from the tray. Use a flat plastic ladle to gently dislodge it from the tray.


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18 thoughts on “Baked Quinoa Croquettes – Guest Post from Anupama

  1. Elaine @ foodbod April 3, 2015 at 1:19 PM Reply

    Love these!

  2. Cecilia April 3, 2015 at 11:19 AM Reply

    This is another great recipe. It looks a bit complicated, but I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. farin ahmed April 3, 2015 at 9:36 AM Reply

    Lovely and healthy post Anu

  4. milkandbun April 2, 2015 at 10:26 AM Reply

    Love the recipe, they look very yummy! 🙂

  5. spiceinthecity April 2, 2015 at 9:43 AM Reply

    These look so good Vidya! Yum!!

  6. Mullai Madavan April 2, 2015 at 7:49 AM Reply

    What a way to in quinoa…. very nice recipe, kids will luv it! Good post Anupama!

  7. Marcela (tortadellafiglia) April 2, 2015 at 4:12 AM Reply

    Omg! Thanks for this lovely quinoa recipe! Croquettes look lovely! Have a wonderful day!

  8. Anu Nagaraja April 2, 2015 at 3:58 AM Reply

    I feel my post somehow looks more beautiful in your space Vidya! It was a pleasure working on it for your toddler-friendly event. Thanks for having me:)

  9. lapetitepaniere April 2, 2015 at 3:03 AM Reply

    Looks really tasty 🙂

  10. Bonnie Eng April 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM Reply

    Yum, these look like the perfect appetizer! 🙂

  11. srividhya April 1, 2015 at 9:39 PM Reply

    I mix quinoa along with rice and give it to the kiddo. This seems to be an interesting version. Kudos to both.

  12. Julie is Hostess At Heart April 1, 2015 at 6:39 PM Reply

    These would make a great appetizer for us big kids too! I love the idea of hiding raisins in the middle.

  13. Flourish & Knot April 1, 2015 at 6:10 PM Reply

    These sound delicious!

  14. Malar April 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM Reply

    Wow, fabulous post from Anu!!!

  15. Chitra Jagadish April 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM Reply

    Wonderful post V.. lovely recipe Anupama. .. 👍

  16. Mr. Militant Negro April 1, 2015 at 5:04 PM Reply

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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