"Q" is an alphabet, not many food items start with. I would like to recorrect this - not many Indian food items start from "Q". Anyway, now, as they say, the world is shrinking (literally and metaphorically too), so let us take food items from Q, irrespective of their origins. 

Before listing the other food items, I will share what comes to my mind with Q - this one is everybody's favourite - Quaker's oats. Quaker is a popular brand that produces many healthy(?) breakfast options. The other is Quesadilla is a Mexican

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dish made with a tortilla filled with cheese and other fillings. There is a post in my blog about it. Please do check here. It has an Indian cousin invented by Indian mothers made with the available leftover roti and sabzi. :)

Even Quinoa (pronounced as kn.wɑ) is something we have recently introduced to. When I read about it and searched online, I found it very expensive. But to my

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surprise, I went to Beas, a small town near Amritsar in Panjab to my father-in-law's place and I found a packet of Quinoa there. I was surprised. Later I came to know that it is being grown locally and was available at one-fifthe price. And why not, local produce, no expenses of transportation. Hence dirt cheap pricing. this is the reason to buy local produce. Do you know 2013 was declared International year of Quinoa to recognise the old practices of Andean people who have preserved it as food for future generations through knowledge and practice of living in harmony with nature. The objective was to draw attention to quinoa. It can provide food security, nutrition and poverty eradication.


Quince is a fruit but is eaten cooked. It is hard when ripe and seldom eaten raw. It is processed into jam, marmalade, jelly, and even alcoholic beverages. 

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 If I ask a student of physics about quark, he will tell me   that it is an elementary particle and fundamental particle   of matter. But if you ask a foodie, he will immediately say   that it is a dairy product. :) It is made up by warming   soured milk until it is curdled to a desired amount. whey   is separated by straining and fresh acid set cheese is   ready. Is not it similar to our fresh paneer. Only difference  which I find is that they are using soured milk while we use fresh milk and curdle it by adding vinegar or lime juice. It is used in Baltic, Germanic and slavic speaking countries. It is also named farmers' cheese too. Anyway, it is nothing much different but "apna paneer", which we make at home.

This is all for Q dishes today. There are many, but one post will be too overwhelming to read. :) 

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