It is considered a super food and is very high in protein, iron and manganese. It is also free of sodium and cholesterol and contains all 9 essential amino acids the body needs. Quinoa has a nutty, earthy flavor to it. It contains saponins that are released during cooking and will make it bitter; therefore, quinoa must be washed and rinsed thoroughly
3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
1 Teaspoon (to taste)
1 Tablespoon (as required)
1. Wash the quinoa very well, scrubbing it between the hands and rinsing often until water comes out clear. This will take 3 to 4 times.
2. Place quinoa in a fine sieve colander and allow the water to drain well.
3. Heat a skillet with some oil, over high heat, until very hot.
4. Add the quinoa and toast, stirring constantly, until quinoa turns golden and starts crackling, about 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Bring the low sodium vegetable stock or water to a boil in a separate pot.
6. Add the toasted quinoa.
7. Season with salt – if using stock use salt sparingly.
8. Cover and reduce heat to low and allow steaming for approximately 20 minutes.
9. The grains should be soft but not mushy. Add a little bit more water if necessary.
10. It is cooked when there is a translucent center with a ring on the outside.
When you feel like loading yourself with proteins, opt for a bowlful of quinoa. Dense in proteins, this super-healthy grain makes for scrummy breakfast option and tastes wonderful too. All you need to know is to make it perfectly to enjoy its best taste and goodness. This video recipe demonstrates a step by step instruction on how to make the best quinoa at home.