It is considered a Super Food as it a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
It is gluten free, so considered a perfect food to include on a gluten free diet. It is a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index, hence keeps you satiated for a longer time.
Quinoa is great choice for vegans and vegetarians as it is a good source of fiber and high in protein. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of protein
Quinoa is very low in fat compared to other grains. The great thing is that the fat present in quinoa is almost all made up of healthy fats like essential fatty acids, or omega-3 fatty acid which makes it a perfect choice for weight loss diet.
Advantages – Quick and easy to cook. It can be substituted in place of rice, millet, couscous, pasta in any recipe. It is a nutritious alternative to white rice or couscous.
Stove top Method
Add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of quinoa. When water starts boiling, reduce the flame/heat to low.
Cover and cook simmered for 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Let it sit for 10 minutes.Then fluff it with a fork. Fluffy, light and tasty Quinoa is ready.
Pressure Cooker Method
After rinsing quinoa well, add 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker. When water starts boiling, reduce the flame/heat to low, close the cooker and put the weight. Cook simmered for 8-10 minutes or cook for 1 whistle and turn off the heat. It varies according to the capacity of the cooker.When pressure subsides, open the cooker and fluff quinoa with a fork. I usually prefer to cook in a vessel inside the cooker. In that case, you can cook for 3 whistles.
Rice cooker method
Add 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water in a rice cooker. Turn on to cooking mode and cook. Once done it will automatically switch to keep warm mode, otherwise turn off the heat once all the water is absorbed and quinoa is soft. Let is sit for 5-10 minutes. Then fluff it with a fork.
You can add a little salt while cooking if preferred.
|Light and fluffy cooked Quinoa|
Quinoa is delicious on its own. When prepared with vegetable broth, it tastes great. It can be used in place of rice, millets or couscous. You can also have this with regular sambar, kuzhambu or kootu. You can make a variety of dishes like salads, soups, pilaf etc. You can combine it with stir fried vegetables, beans or even prepare a quick breakfast with it by adding milk and nuts. I will soon share many quinoa recipes.
Where can you buy? – It is available in all health stores and big super markets in cities.
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