BASIC QUINOA COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Ratio of 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water, adjusting the amount of salt to taste and the pan size as needed. One cup of raw quinoa is good for 2 side dish portion serving.
- Rinse the quinoa well under cool running water. Drain well and set quinoa aside.
- In a medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Add a pinch of Himalayan salt, if desired. Slowly add the rinsed quinoa to the water and return to boiling. Cover the pan, lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender.
Fluff the quinoa with a fork and serve.
Quinoa has a mild, slightly nutty flavor and a texture, it goes with just about anything. Here are few ideas:
As side dish: Serve quinoa as you would couscous or rice. If desired, toss with a little butter or olive oil; add fresh herbs and/or sliced green onions, and salt and pepper to taste.
Salad: Add lettuce pieces and chopped raw vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, cucumbers, radishes, avocados, and shredded carrots. Toss with your favorite vinaigrette.
Soup or Dhal: If your broth-base soup or dhal doesn't already contain noodles or another grain, add some cooked quinoa at the end of cooking time.
Breakfast: Hot cooked quinoa can be served like oatmeal. You can also combine equal parts cooked quinoa and cooked oatmeal. Add touches like honey, cinnamon, fresh fruits and yoghurt.