Turmeric Potato Salad With Red Quinoa And Yoghurt


This is far from the conventional mayonnaise based potato salad that most people have in their repertoire. This little beauty uses fresh turmeric added to the potatoes before boiling so the colour leaches out and stains the potatoes a vibrant yellow.

It’s flavoured with coriander seeds, cumin seeds and nigella seeds, which are all roasted off in a pan first to best release their flavour.



Each time I make this salad my head starts to nod of it’s own accord. I cheer the brilliance of turmerics soft gentle flavour and what roasted spices can do here, and that just right flavour that slow cooked onions adds to this dish.

And there’s the yoghurt. Spices and yoghurt could go with just about anything. Wouldn’t you agree?

This extraordinary tasting salad can be eaten warm or cold. As a side to a steak, chicken or fish. As part of a buffet of salads, or even served in a wholemeal wrap with extra yoghurt and coriander. The possibilities are endless. So spice it up.


Turmeric potato salad with quinoa and yoghurt


900g desiree potatoes

35-40g fresh turmeric

1/4 cup red quinoa

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tbsp cumin seeds

2 tsp nigella seeds

1 brown onion, sliced thinly

2 tbsp chopped coriander stem, plus coriander leaves for garnish

Rice bran oil

Greek style yoghurt

1/2 lemon juiced

Sea salt

Cracked black pepper

Leave the skin on the potatoes and cut them into 4cm dice. Place in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Add the grated turmeric and a large pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and cook for 8 – 10 minutes or till potatoes are just soft. Drain and leave to steam in the colander for 5 or more minutes.

Meanwhile, place the quinoa in a small pot, cover with water bring to the boil and cook for about 15 minutes, drain and set aside.

Place the coriander seed, cumin seed and nigella seed in a separate small pan. Toast the spices till they start to pop. Cool slightly them ground roughly using a mortar and pestle.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frypan. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook on a low heat for about 8 minutes, till caramalised. Set the onion aside.

Wipe out the fry pan and add 1 tbsp oil, add the cooked potatoes and fry lightly in the pan for about 5 minutes.

Add the chopped coriander stem, cooked onion, roasted ground spices and cooked quinoa. Toss to combine. Season with lemon juice and taste for extra salt and pepper.

Serve the potatoes on a large platter, garnish with dollops of yoghurt and picked coriander leaves.

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. lainie mann says:

    This looks soooooooo good – going to give this a shot on the weekend.

    1. You’ll love it Lainie. You might convince the girls to try it too if you mix a small portion for them with less of the roasted spices. x

  2. ladyredspecs says:

    Fabulous potato recipe Michelle, I love the combination of spice, potato and yoghurt. I’ll be trying this out some time soon

    1. Great. It’s so delicious, I know you’ll love it.

  3. Matt @ Inspired Food says:

    Oh now there is a dish you want to just dive right on in and eat with your eyes! Looks stunning and I’m sure would taste just as amazing!

    1. Cheers Matt. Your shakshuka you posted looked pretty delicious.

  4. You are so creative Michelle! I absolutely love the idea of cooking potatoes with tumeric, and beetroot stems as a vegetable!! I often use the leaves, but I usually throw the stems away. Not anymore!

    1. You’re very kind Chez. I’m still thinking of that delicious looking ricotta, blueberry and hazelnut cake you posted on Instagram on the weekend, and with homemade ricotta – amazing!

      1. In truth the cake looked much better than it tasted! The recipe needs work…

  5. Looks wonderful Michelle, and I love how the quinoa is almost like a garnish, I even have some fresh turmeric my mum grew…
    On the root-to-stem eating, my favourite is radish tops – I recently did them in a pesto along with sautéed radishes.

    1. Wow Beck, you’ll absolutely have to make this with your Mums home-grown turmeric. I’d be interested to know the ease or difficulty of growing some myself. I’m yet to do radish tops, sounds great.

      1. I think it’s pretty easy depending where you live – we’re in Canberra, so no go…but anywhere north of Syd I would think…

  6. This post stopped me dead in my tracks! What a fabulously well put together recipe. I’m looking forward to making this, very inspired about dinner now…

    1. Thanks Seana. I can imagine your apricot clafoutis (will have to try) as the perfect dessert to follow this potato salad.

  7. chef mimi says:

    I was a bit apprehensive because I don’t love quinoa, but this loos spectacular! Love it!

    1. The quinoa is more of a garnish than a main ingredient so you might be surprised that it adds just a hint of something nutty. Of course you could leave the quinoa out, or replace it with chickpeas.

  8. I just finished making this wonderful potato salad Michelle, and my head started to nod on it own accord too! I love the texture of the quinoa and the spicy tartness of the lemon and spices. Incredible. Two things I had to do differently. I used brown quinoa (since that’s what I had on hand) and couldn’t find nigella seeds at the particular market I was shopping. I’ll make this time and again and make sure I have nigella seeds next time. Thank you for posting such a lovely potato recipe! xx seana

    1. I am most impressed! Thank you Seana, that makes me so happy that someone is out there cooking my recipe. Yippee! x

  9. This sounds so good and a beautiful photo as well!

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