Thursday, 14 May 2015

How To Cook Quinoa - Basic Recepie and Tips

This nutty tasting gluten free food (or as people have started to call it, super food) is nothing less than a miracle. A miracle sent to earth for busy cooks who don’t want to compromise on the nutrients.

Yes, you read that right.

Quinoa is, as most food magazines call it, a super food. It gets ready in 15 minutes. It is a complete protein diet and provides all nine essential amino acids.

In this article I teach you how to cook quinoa, but first let us clear another important doubt.

How do you pronounce it?

Well, I know this might look a stupid thing to talk about here, but it is important. You ought to know to correctly pronounce the thing you’re eating. Most people pronounce it as qee-noah, but the actual pronunciation of the word is, keen-wah.

Now that we have cleared it up I am going to share with you what I promised in the title.

The basic recipe to cook Quinoa.

All you need is a few cups of water and some uncooked quinoa. Assuming you already have your utensils with you :p

  1. Now, take one cup of uncooked quinoa and two cups of water.
  2. Mix them together and boil in a medium sized saucepan. Reduce the heat of the stove to low and cover the saucepan.
  3. Boil it until most of liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa becomes softer. This will take around 15-20 minutes.
  4. Now fluff the prepared material with a fork.

That’s it. You are done. You just made yourself 3 cups of cooked quinoa.

Usual serving size is ½ cup. Each serving contains the following:

  1. 111 calories
  2. 2g fat
  3. 0mg cholesterol
  4. 4g protein
  5. 3g fiber

That is pretty amazing, the nutrients this thing gives.

That is simple, isn’t it? You could write the recipe down In one line.

But what I taught was, “How to cook quinoa” and I don’t like leaving stuff unfinished. Now I will go a step further on my promise and give you some tips on how to cook DELICIOUS quinoa.

Rinse it properly

If you get Quinoa directly from a farm, you’ll find it tastes bitter. That is because of a natural coating that it grows with. The coating is called saponin, which, luckily, can be easily washed off. So before you get to cooking your quinoa stop and rinse it properly with water. Though, most super markets today sell it after washing, but a quick rinse won’t do anything bad, right?

Toast it for some flavour

If you want to go another step to increasing the taste what you can do is toast the quinoa in a skillet with a little bit of oil over low heat. This has to be done before boiling. You might also add a little bit of spices if you find it to be too boring of a taste.

Throw the water out

Not literally. I mean, try to cook it in something besides water. Chood any other liquid you would like and cook it with it. Though I can’t suggest you exactly a liquid, just remember to use your imagination and common sense.

Watch the time

I know I should’ve mentioned it earlier, but, better to be late than never. Quinoa cooks quickly, sometimes even 15 minutes is too much time for it. Some chefs also recommend to switch off the heat after the water is boiled and you’ve stirred the contents. I am sure you are not here to learn, how to over-cook quinoa.

Fluff it

Yes, as I said it in the recipe above, fluff it before serving. This super food would love a little pampering for itself, Give it that.

Now, I hope you know how to cook quinoa. If you really liked this post consider linking to it from your own cooking or parenting blog.

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