This is a free combination of some standard New World ingredients. You can vary the spice level fairly easily, but the fried whole spices give it a nice punch. The entire meal can be prepared in the time that it takes quinoa to cook -- about 15-20 minutes.
1 cup dry quinoa
2-1/4 cups water
and boil covered until water is absorbed. In a separate skillet, fry
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seed
6-10 black peppercorns
in olive oil until the mustard seeds begin to pop. Then add
2-3 minced cloves garlic
and brown. Add
1 sliced onion.
When the onion has softened, add
1 can diced tomatoes (Donna prefers that these be "fire roasted tomatoes")
1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
and simmer until the quinoa has finished cooking. Combine the tomato and bean mixture with the quinoa and serve.