How do I cook quinoa
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Hi there! Here's a basic recipe for quinoa: http://nyc.wholefoodsmarketcooking.com/recipes/11215_basic_quinoa
Typically, you would follow a 2:1 ratio of liquid to quinoa. Cook it exactly as you would rice. Here's the method I use when cooking quinoa or rice:
1) heat a small amount of oil in a heavy pot. Saute/sweat a handfull of Carrots and onions that have been finely diced over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Add herbs and minced garlic, cook for additional minute.
2) Add 1 cup rice or quinoa and stir well ensuring it is thoroughly coated with the oil, then add two cups of cooking liquid (water or stock).
3) bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover your pot and cook for 10-15 minutes. Then, turn off the heat (Resist the urge to lift the lid and look!), and leave it to sit (still covered) for another 10-15 minutes.
4) Remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Serve and enjoy.
How did I forget to add salt to the pot???
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Benny is right. One thing people frequently do wrong with quinoa is to hammer the crap out of it. It actually will cook faster than rice but it shouldn't be a porridge.
The most important thing about cooking quinoa is that before cooking let in sit in cold water for 5 minutes, and then rinse it until the water runs clear. It takes the bitter outer coat off.
I give the quinoa a good rinse, but I have read that quinoa in the US typically does not have the bitter saponins any more.
Best lesson I have learned, and finally tried, is to cover the pot with a dish towel, then replace the lid, when the water is absorbed. Really improves the outcome.
There's an excellent site devoted to cooking quinoa -- www.cookingquinoa.net. Lots of basic information and lots of recipes.
That's a good tip susan g, I have read about it but never tried and it makes sense. Will try next time. I likely should have done that with my Israeli couscous this evening.
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