Quinoa is a kind of grain that is very tasty. That is why there are many people who like adding quinoa for certain foods. Besides that, quinoa also contains protein and fiber that will be very good for health. Therefore, quinoa is recommended for daily meals. Eating quinoa directly is not a good idea. You need to know how to cook quinoa to make it tastes very delicious. Firstly, we will give some tips when cooking it.
1. Check the Weather
Firstly, you have to know that quinoa grows with saponin. It can be rinsed off easily. When you buy quinoa at a supermarket, it is not rinsed yet. So, you have to rinse it off first before cooking. You can rinse it off using cold water in a few seconds. After it is really clean, you can practice how to process quinoa now.
2. Toast Quinoa
Sometimes, you need to add the flavor even though it is delicious enough. One of the ways how to cook quinoa grain is by toasting it. Toasting quinoa is very easy. You just need to toast it in a few minutes with low heat. After that, stir it until the quinoa begins turning golden. It may take about 7 to 10 minutes, depending on the heat.
3. Cook with Water
One of the best ways is to cook quinoa with water. Just stir it into water with low heat. As we know, water is the healthiest, cheapest and easiest choice with low sodium. With water, you can process quinoa to be vegetable broth, mushroom, low sodium chicken, etc. Just be creative to cook in various ways. Anyway, it belongs to the best way how to cook quinoa.
4. Cook It Rightly
When cooking quinoa, there are 2 most important things to pay attention. As we know, the quinoa will get cooked quickly so that you have to use a low heat when cooking it. You also need to pay attention to the time where quinoa will be perfectly cooked in about 10 minutes. If you use very low heat, it may be only around 15 minutes.
5. Fluff It before Serving
Before you serve the cooked quinoa, you need to fluff it first. You can use a fork you have. It proposes to fluff and separate the quinoa grain. So, everyone will feel excited to enjoy quinoa.
That is all the tips of cooking quinoa. After you know all those tips above, now it is time to know how to cook it. It means you have to know the best recipes. Here are some recipes that you can try:
1. Quinoa Lasagna
It has a quinoa layer with vegetables, herbs and cheese. You can also add tomato sauce to improve the taste.
2. Southwest Quinoa Cake
This cake is not only delicious, but also healthy because you add beans, eggs, and cottage cheese. You can also add pepper if you want.
3. Corn, Black Bean & Quinoa Salad
It also belongs to the most delicious ways how to cook quinoa. Add corn and black bean so make this healthy and tasty salad.