Making your own quinoa sprouts is the best way to prepare and eat quinoa raw. I have been sprouting quinoa for about 2 years and up to now have used a small sprouting unit. This little sprouter has two trays and produces sprouts fine but it can be bit hit and miss. I have now come up with a way to sprout quinoa that doesn’t need any special kitchen equipment. The sprouts are ready in a shorter time and they are longer. Please note that quinoa sprouts are small – not like those you can get from mung beans or other larger seeds.
How to Sprout Quinoa
Take a cup of quinoa and rinse it with water for a couple of minutes.
Put the rinsed quinoa into a container and cover with water – I use a kitchen jug. Make sure there is lots of spare water above the quinoa as they must stay underwater.
After 12 hours (Or Overnight) drain the quinoa of the water and spread it out thinly on a large plate or tray. Cover with a cloth to put the quinoa in darkness.
every 6 – 8 hours you should rinse the quinoa seeds and put them back on the plate/tray.
After about 48 hours you will have a plate of sprouted quinoa.
How to Use Sprouted Quinoa
I use quinoa sprouts in 3 ways. Firstly you can mix the sprouts with other salad vegetables such as tomatoes. cucumbers and radishes for a fresh side salad. Secondly you can make them part of the ingredients for a wrap. Thirdly you can use quinoa sprouts as a base for a stir fry meal. You should only fry the sprouted quinoa for 2 minutes maximum. I very rarely bother with this as the reason I sprout the quinoa in the first place is so that I can eat the quinoa raw.
You can also use the soaked quinoa in a crunchy salad without sprouting it. After the initial 12 hour soaking it should be soft enough to mix with other nuts, seeds and chopped vegetables. There are many quinoa recipes that make good use of quinoa sprouts