[CnD] Basic Quinoa

gail johnson mama-gail at samobile.net
Wed Feb 22 11:10:41 GMT 2012

Basic Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups cold water
Optional: 1/4 tsp salt
Quinoa Cooking Directions:
You'll need a 2 quart pot with a tight fitting lid, and a fine mesh strainer
Double the recipe if you want to have leftover quinoa for another meal 
or two Optional:
Soak the quinoa for 5 min in the cooking pot. Soaking helps quinoa to 
cook evenly, and loosens up any residue of saponin (usually removed in 
processing), which can give a bitter taste Most quinoa sold in the US 
these days has been cleaned, and steamed to remove the saponin, so 
don't worry about that overly much
To Rinse: Stir the quinoa with your hand, and carefully pour off the 
rinsing water, using a fine mesh strainer at the last Drain quinoa well 
in the strainer, transfer to the cooking pot, add 1 1/2 cups water & 
1/2 tsp salt if desired Bring to a boil, cover with a tight fitting 
lid, and turn the heat down to simmer Cook for 15 minutes Remove quinoa 
from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on Fluff quinoa 
gently with a fork and serve

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