Right now quinoa is my favorite grain, but I have to be honest it took me a little while to cook it well. Through trial and error I have finally got it down, so hopefully you all will benefit from my mistakes!
- I have found that soaking the quinoa for at least 15 minutes before cooking it is helpful. A little advice for those of you who work, I find that if I just soak it in some water in the morning it is ready to cook when I get home in the afternoon/evening. I just would not recommend soaking the quinoa over a day unless you plan on changing the water.
- Also the directions on the package usually say 1 cup quinoa cooked in 1 and 1/2 cups water. This usually turns out to be too little water for me. The quinoa comes out crunchy and hard, which makes it very difficult to digest. I suggest using 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water.
I love quinoa because it is a complete protein and a great source of good fats and iron. When it is cooked properly it feels really light in the stomach and is easily digested.
Here is how I generally cook my quinoa (slight variation on the curried quinoa recipe I have posted before):
- 1 cup quinoa soaked for 1 hour
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
Combine in a pot and bring to a boil. Then let it simmer for about 15/20 minutes. The spices are optional, they just give the quinoa a nice flavor. The coconut oil makes the dish nice and creamy.