So you’ve bought yourself a packet of quinoa but now you don’t know what to do with it! Read on.
We just can’t get enough of this healthy super grain. It pops up in every recipe page and cookery book. Why? High in protein, fibre and naturally gluten free, quinoa is one of those superfoods that you want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Super versatile, it adds a deliciously nutritious umph to all our recipes.
People say to rinse quinoa thoroughly before cooking because of its bitter coating saponins giving it an unpleasant taste. Good Earth’s quinoa does not need to be rinsed as it is already rinsed and cleaned at source.
Now comes the cooking part. Like rice, 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water or stock is usually the best way to ensure that the quinoa doesn’t turn mushy. Upon cooking, quinoa roughly triples in size. Quinoa takes roughly 15-20 minutes to cook, and you can see that it is ready once most of the liquid has been absorbed, the grain feels tender and the little white spirals are curling around the seed. These spirals are the germ.
Since quinoa holds a lot of water it is important to drain it properly. However, allowing the quinoa to rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking covered with a lid or cloth, then fluffing it up with a fork helps to give lightness.
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