Quinoa- pronounced as Quin-wa is recently become very popular in many cuisines. This unique grain has nutty taste and has variety of uses.
Quinoa is a delicious, nutty flavored grain. It contains the most protein of any grain and is a great source of vitamin and minerals such as iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, amino acids and fiber. It’s a great compliment to a vegetarian, vegan, or reduced-gluten or gluten-free diet. I find quinoa a bit bland so I cooked it according to the recipe and then added some yogurt etc and it came out really tasty.
How do you cook it?
Basic Quinoa Ingredients:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Optional: 1/4 tsp salt
To Soak or Not to Soak: It usually works well either way. Most quinoa that you buy in stores has been pre-rinsed and dried, but it won’t hurt to soak it for a few minutes beforehand. 5 minutes is sufficient to loosen up any residue of saponin, dust or chaff that remains. Skip soaking if you prefer, but always rinse.
- You’ll need a 2 quart pot with a tight fitting lid, and a fine mesh strainer (I’ve used cheese cloth)
- To Rinse: Stir the quinoa with your hand, use your fingers and palm of your hand to rub and clean, Carefully pour off the rinsed water, using a fine mesh strainer remove the last of the water. You do not need to remove all the water, but ensure a good rinse.
Quinoa How to cook it
Put Quinoa in a bowl, add 1 cup water and gently rub Quinoa to wash- Drain and thenadd 1 cup of water and Soak Quinoa for about 10 Minutes
Heat 1.1/2 cup of water, once warm, add quinoa, lower the heat, cover and cook at low-Medium heat for about 10 minutes -try not to stir but checking to make sure it does not sit/burn at the bottom.
Once the water is almost finished, add salt and fluff Quinoa with Fork - just a little
Cover and let it stand for a few minutes.
Add oil and fluff just before Serving.