Quinoa is fast becoming a common sight in the ingredients list of recipes. To cook quinoa grain is very simple – see below – but before you find out how to cook quinoa let me tell you a bit about it.
Quinoa grain is actually a seed. It originally came from south america. In the last 20 years it has been grown in many more countries. I’ve even grown some on my own plot here in the UK. The quinoa plant grows to about 6 foot in height and has thousands of these seeds on large long flower heads. I am about to harvest mine once I can think of a way of doing this. The seeds are covered with a soft “petal” and I’m not quite sure how you get all the seeds out easily.
To cook quinoa grain you first rinse it under a tap to get rid of the bitter tasting coating. Not all quinoa has this. Some shops are selling it pre rinsed. Then measure out one part quinoa to two parts of water. Put this in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. It is then ready to serve. To see this in action there is a video here >>> Cooking quinoa grain.
The cooked quinoa can be served as it is with other vegetables or meat. You can also stir fry it and make an excellent quinoa salad with it. If your quinoa tastes bitter then you didn’t rinse it enough. I was told by a nutritionist that warm water works better for some varieties.
Once you get going with using quinoa in your diet you will find that it can be included daily in your diet. It is very flexible and easy to use in the same way that rice is. The benefit of quinoa is that it is a lot better for you nutritionally. More info here >>> Quinoa Recipes.