We will be cooking quinoa like pasta in this video as opposed to steaming it like rice. Typically that is how it is cooked with 1 part quinoa and 2 parts liquid. However, this method is simpler and renders a fluffy and excellent result.
Quinoa is an Andean grain that is very good for your health. It is very high in protein and is naturally low in fat. It is loaded in minerals and vitamins. You can eat it as a side dish or use it in salads, stuffing, soups, as a porridge or in veggie patties.
Quinoa contains saponins which are released as it cooks so it is very important that you wash it thoroughly in order to avoid getting a bitter result. Most boxed quinoa that is sold at stores has been washed and treated before it is packed. Make sure to read the box before you cook it and wash it if necessary.
This is what you need for cooking quinoa like pasta:
Makes four cups of cooked quinoa
1 cup raw quinoa
Make sure that you wash the quinoa very well by rubbing it inside your palms. You can do so under running water or in a bowl of cold water changing the water 4 to 5 times.
Heat a dry skillet and add the drained quinoa to it. Cook it, stirring constantly, until it dries out and starts to crackle.
While the quinoa is cooking bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook it for about 15 to 20 minutes until the center is translucent and it has a ring around it. Skim off any foam and discard it.
Drain the cooked quinoa in a colander with small holes. Fluff it and serve it.
1/4 cup – CALORIES 174.13; FAT 6.2 grs (sat 0.93; mono 3.4; poly 1.56); PROTEIN 6.39 grs ; FIBER 2.23 grs; CARBS 23.09 grs; CHOLESTEROL 2.25 mg; IRON 1.63 mg; SODIUM 399.59 mg; CALCIUM 17.44 mg