Quinoa Cooking Is Simple

You're likely to be daunted by the idea of quinoa cooking - this is such a new food. How is it cooked? What do you do with it? Are there easy recipes for quinoa?

You've joined us on this page, where we learn how about quinoa cooking to get it just right. These are the step by step photo instructions but for the full recipe and proportions, please go to the "Start Of Recipe" Button which you'll find as you scroll down past the photos.

Here's the lovely layered salad we're making but the quinoa needs to be made just right.

Here's how to cook quinoa

For this part of the recipe, you'll require:

  • Quinoa Seeds
  • Water
  • Stock Powder

I firstly like to rinse the quinoa with lots of running water. You'll see that there's lots of bubbles but by the third rinse, the water runs clear.

My friends who are health food enthusiasts tell me this step is to remove the enzymes and it seems after this process of rinsing, they do not feel bloated after eating quinoa.

I note the manufacturer's instructions say rinsing is optional.

Now pour 2 cups of water in with the seeds and stir in 2 teaspoons of vegetable stock powder.

Bring it to a rapid boil.

As soon as it starts to boil, turn down the heat IMMEDIATELY to the lowest setting and allow to simmer till cooked.

Cooking quinoa is easy. Just follow these steps and you'll know it's ready when all the water is absorbed.

There's no need to stir the cooking quinoa. Just leave it and it will be perfect.

Turn the heat off but leave the lid on for a further 5 to 10 minutes. Then fluff with a fork.

See the little curl in each grain. That's the germ in the seed that's cooked. The cooked quinoa seed should have a little "bite" just as pasta cooked just right is "al dente' " - with a little firmness in the center.

This perfect quinoa is ready for the next step in making this sensational layered salad.

Easy Recipes - Tips

The proportions of 1 cup of seeds to 2 cups of water may well be different from that on the packet. I've seen them vary from 3 cups, 2 1/2 cups to 2 cups of liquid to 1 of seeds.

I've found that too much liquid makes for a "gluggier" result and you may have to dehydrate by placing in the refrigerator overnight.

Please feel free to experiment to find a texture that suits your palate, but I have found that proportions of 2 to 2 1/2 to 1 of grains is ideal.

The number one tip for cooking easy recipes when preparing rice and quinoa - don't stir the pot while it's cooking.

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