How to cook Quinoa

Here’s a quick tutorial + tips on how to cook quinoa at home – fluffy, tasty lump-free quinoa!

How to cook Quinoa Recipe | Fluffy, tasty quinoa at home tips | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com Quinoa (read – keen-vaa) – a seed rich in protein has come a long way from featuring in health magazines to mainstream cooking. Like it or not, quinoa is a super food that people love to use not just because it is rich in protein, it is also gluten free. It’s delicate, fluffy texture has made it a healthier substitute to starchy rice or pasta. It is one of the fastest cooking lunch staples ever.

I must admit though that I didn’t fall instantly in love with it. But I soon realized the plethora of ways in which I could use this miracle food and get all the health benefits. And I have never looked back since. Here’s how to cook quinoa at home!

How to cook Quinoa – printable recipe

How to cook Quinoa
 
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Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water *
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
* Water - Quinoa ratio - Depends on the type of quinoa you're using. Refer to package instructions to see exact water required to cook your quinoa
Time required to cook quinoa - anywhere between 15-20 minutes
1 cup dry Quinoa yields around 3 cups of cooked Quinoa
Instructions
How to Cook Quinoa
  1. Wash quinoa extremely well for 1-2 minutes. This makes it clean as well as gets rid of the bitter flavor
  2. In a pan with high sides, heat up the oil and add the rinsed & drained Quinoa. Saute it for 2-3 minutes or until the quinoa has dried out.
  3. Add the salt and water and mix well. Let the water come to a boil
  4. Cover the pan with a lid, reduce heat to a minimum and let it cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Switch off the flame and keep it covered for another 5 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes, remove the lid, fluff the quinoa gently with a fork, and serve. (You should see tiny spirals (the germ) separating from and curling around the quinoa seeds.)
Additional thoughts about Quinoa
  1. Why rinse quinoa? - Rinsing removes quinoa's natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Although boxed quinoa is often pre-rinsed, it doesn't hurt to give the seeds an additional rinse at home.
  2. Some people like to add olive oil, butter, salt, or pepper. Cooked quinoa can also be used as the basis for pilafs, salads, breakfast porridges, and more.

** Buy good quality Quinoa and follow the package instructions.

How to cook quinoa – step by step pictures

Make sure you wash your quinoa extremely well – for 1-2 minutes. This gets rid of the bitter flavor.
How to cook Quinoa Recipe | Fluffy, tasty quinoa at home tips | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Heat oil in a pan with high sides and add the quinoa to it. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the quinoa dries out a bit.
How to cook Quinoa Recipe | Fluffy, tasty quinoa at home tips | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Add salt & water and mix well. Let the water come to a boil
How to cook Quinoa Recipe | Fluffy, tasty quinoa at home tips | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Cover the pan, reduce to lowest heat and let it cook for 10-12 minutes. (or as per your package instructions)
How to cook Quinoa Recipe | Fluffy, tasty quinoa at home tips | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Fluff up with a fork. Let it cool a bit and use as required.
How to cook Quinoa Recipe | Fluffy, tasty quinoa at home tips | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com
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