Kañiwa with Lemon, Basil and Tomatoes: Gluten-Free Super Food

Kañiwa, pronounced “ka-nyi-wa”, has been cutlivated in South America for thousands of years. Kañiwa is gluten-free and a great power food. It has been called the “new quinoa”. It is a cousin to quinoa but, actually, has higher protein, fiber and antioxidants along with significant levels of calcium, zinc and iron. Its nutty taste is unique, and it tastes even better than tabbouleh in this recipe for Kañiwa with Lemon, Basil and Tomatoes. To prepare it, you just boil water or broth, add the Kañiwa, cook and cover for 15 minutes. It’s a breeze and a nutritional powerhouse. For more information, see Roland Foods on where to find it. Trust me. You will be hearing a lot more about this incredible grain.

Kañiwa with Lemon, Basil and Tomatoes

Cook Time:

15 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


4 to 6 servings


2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup kañiwa, rinsed
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup chopped roma (plum) tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)


1. Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rinsed kañiwa and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until all of the broth is absorbed, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 2 minutes; fluff with a fork.

2. Transfer kañiwa to a large serving bowl. Add lemon juice, tomatoes, basil, green onions and feta, if desired. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

15 thoughts on “Kañiwa with Lemon, Basil and Tomatoes: Gluten-Free Super Food”

  1. It’s always good to learn about a new ingredient :-). Thansk for sharing the info about Kaniwa – I’ll try it if I see it in a store, very curious what it tastes like!

  2. Alison, thanks for introducing me to another gluten-free grain. I’ve never heard of Kaniwa, but I will definitely be on the look out, although it sounds like it might have to be mail ordered. Great recipe to try out this “new” grain!

  3. I acyually went to the store today to buy quiona but it was very expensive,but i was gonna buy it anyways for its health benifits…and then i went down the specialty isle and found Kaniwa the next quiona…..and it was much cheaper also…i made taboullie and even my daughter loved it!!!!!!

  4. I was at sprouts the other day and you can buy Kaniwa in the bulk section. It was on sale for 3.99 a lb. Im sure most specialty stores sell this product. Made a dish with kaniwa and it was very delicious.

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