Quinoa is becoming increasingly popular to cook, especially in vegan cuisine. Many of us, however, have never tried cooking it at home. The truth is that quinoa is incredibly easy and quick to cook at home and can be a nice addition to almost any vegan meal – such as vegan meatballs.
So let’s get to it – here are the few simple steps you need to follow to make tasty quinoa.
Step 1 – You need to rinse the quinoa first!
It is important to rinse quinoa before cooking as rinsing it removes quinoa’s natural coating, called “saponin”, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Even though boxed quinoa is often pre-rinsed, it doesn’t hurt to give the seeds an additional rinse at home to be sure you don’t end up with bitter quinoa.
Step 2 – Time to cook.
For one portion of quinoa you need to add double the water. For example, if you are cooking 50 g of quinoa, then you need to add 100 ml of water.
After you add the water and quinoa to your pot, bring it to a boil and then simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes. Some people say that even up to 20 minutes is normal, but it honestly never takes me more than 13 minutes to boil quinoa.
Step 3 – Your quinoa is ready!
Your quinoa is ready and you will be able to see it expanded 4 times in size. Further, you will notice white circles around each little quinoa piece like this:
Benefits of eating quinoa
- High in fiber – much more than many other grains.
- It is gluten-free.
- High in protein, with all the essential amino-acids.
- Low Glycemic Index – good for blood sugar control.
- High in iron and magnesium.
- Very good for metabolism.
- High in antioxidants.
Quinoa compared to brown rice
While they have similar nutrients quinoa has slightly higher amounts of protein and lower carbohydrates per serving, making it narrowly more beneficial to your diet.
More about Quinoa
- One cup of cooked quinoa weighing 185 grams (g) provides 8.14 g of protein.
- Quinoa has a high fiber content compared with other grains, providing 5.18 g in a single 185 g cup.
- One cup of cooked quinoa contains 1.17 milligrams (mg) of manganese.
- Quinoa and other whole grains may help decrease the risk of this dangerous inflammation.
- One cup of cooked quinoa contains 21 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber.