Are you secretly a bit scared of quinoa?

May 4, 2018 6:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Worried you’ll mispronounce it, frightened you’ll cook it wrong, concerned that you’ll hate the taste and have to throw it all away? Well, don’t bother googling: the internet is full of people laying into quinoa. They can’t get their heads around its popularity: it’s funny-tasting. It’s gritty. It’s slimy. It’s smelly. It’s weird. It’s too crunchy. It’s too sloppy.

And you know what? They’re all wrong.

Secretly frightened of quinoa? We put your mind at rest.

Quinoa is amazing – here’s how to cook it perfectly!             Image: Vi..Cult…

Because quinoa is fantastic. It’s really no different to rice: no harder to cook, no weirder to taste. You just need to know exactly how to cook it – and we can teach you that in roughly 60 seconds.

Here you go.

How to make perfect quinoa

  • Work out how much quinoa you need for your meal. Every cup of dry quinoa will give you two cups of cooked quinoa – nice and easy!
  • Let’s say you need one cup. Fill the cup with quinoa and empty it into a dry saucepan over a moderate heat. When the grains start to ‘pop’, after about three minutes, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add boiling water to the pan. For every cup of quinoa you put in the pan, add one-and-a-quarter cups of water.
  • Add salt.
  • Cook the quinoa until there’s no water left. This will take 10-15 minutes.
  • Fluff the quinoa up with a fork. Maybe add some more salt and pepper, or some olive oil – it’s up to you. I don’t bother.
  • Eat it. It will be slightly crunchy and beautifully tasty.

What should you eat with quinoa?

Quinoa is a superfood all by itself, but it would be unusual to eat it completely unadorned. So work with it just as you would with rice: try it with fish, meat, pulses, lentils or vegetables – on the side, or stirred through the grain.

Why bother?

Why bother with quinoa at all? Well, firstly because it’s foolish to be scared of any foodstuff. And secondly, because it’s amazingly good for you: it’s a ‘complete protein’, containing all of the essential amino acids, is high in fibre and rich in all manner of vitamins and minerals. And thirdly, because, yes, it tastes very nice.

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