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Jul 14, 2012

How to Cook Quinoa

Cooked Quinoa
Quinoa cooked and ready

Quinoa is a healthy grain which is low in fat and gluten free. Many people have been replacing rice with Quinoa due to its health benefits and low calories. It is much easier to prepare than rice and so filling too. As soon as I discovered this grain, I started loving it. I made so many recipes with Quinoa and blogged about them too. I sometimes replace rice with quinoa and eat as usual with dal, chutney and curd. 

In this post, I am mainly going to focus on stove-top method. Here is how I cook Quinoa:

Here is what we need:
  • 1 cup dry Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water
The above measurement yields 3 cups of Quinoa.

Quinoa Cooking Process

  1. Wash quinoa well under running water. I use a fine mesh strainer to wash quinoa which is quite handy.
  2. Take a bowl and add washed quinoa along with water. Keep the flame on high. Bring it to a boil.
  3. When Quinoa boils over, turn down the flame to low setting and simmer for 15 minutes. I usually set up a timer so that I won’t forget to turn off the flame.
  4. When all the water gets absorbed and quinoa is cooked well (after those 15 min) turn off the flame and leave it for 5 minutes to allow quinoa to settle well.
  5. Then fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and serve. Enjoy!

Alternatively, Quinoa can be cooked in a pressure cooker with the same ratio (1quinoa-2 water). Just place quinoa in a bowl, cover and cook for 3 whistles. That's it!

Here are some yummy recipes you can do with Quinoa:


Shobha said... [Reply]

I have also started making lot of things with quinoa..quinoa flakes and flour.

Meera said... [Reply]

Hi Uma,
Dropping by after a long time...hope you are doing great.

Swathi said... [Reply]

I have a bought a quinoa not cooked yet. Thanks for tips sure I will use while cooking.

Spice up the Curry said... [Reply]

Thanks for sharing.. I have never made quinoa before. bookmarking this.

Akila said... [Reply]

oh...thanks for sharing the post... I have bought quinoa, but not yet used it... will this today definitely...

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

I do the same way too, excellent post for many of us.

Sobha Shyam said... [Reply]

I have never tried Quinoa, but have heard so much about it, very nice post !

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