Make Fluffy Quinoa

May 7, 2011

Note: it may contain trace amounts of gluten if processed in a factory using gluten-containing products – like wheat. Be sure to read the labels for gluten-free status.
How-to Make Fluffy Quinoa Every Time: Tips
Tip 1: Rinse it.
Rinse your dry quinoa in water before cooking. This removes some of the ‘mush-promoting’ grit on the grain.
Tip 2: Less is More. (Water)
Most boxes of quinoa say to add 2 cups of water for every one cup of dry quinoa. I say that is too much! And remember if you are rinsing your quinoa you will be adding a bit more water anyways. For fluffy quinoa, less water is more. I do 1 part dry quinoa : 1 1/2 parts water ratio – then I rinse the quinoa and drain as much water as I can. For the Spiced Quinoa recipe below I added in some dry spices so the water amount increases a tad.
Tip 3: No Peeking!
Once you close that pot lid over your cooking quinoa – no peeking! And no stirring! You don’t want to disturb the quinoa fluff factory bubbling inside.
Tip 4: Let it Sit.
After cooking and before you lift the lid, turn OFF the stove and in the words of Kelly Clarkson, “Just Walk Away.” Let the quinoa sit for a good 5-10 minutes. Again – no peeking!
Tip 5: Stick a Fork in it.
Fluff your cooked quinoa with a fork. No mush-enhancing spoons allowed. source


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