When cooked properly, quinoa is one of the most delicious and versatile grains out there. Because of its relatively neutral flavor, quinoa’s subtle nutty and earthy undertones are the perfect canvas for just about any dish.
While it’s tricky to say [KEEN-wa], it’s even trickier to cook properly. Hopefully some of these helpful hints will come in handy next time you decide to cook up some of this fabulous stuff.
I like my quinoa to have some bite to it, and when cooked al dente it offers some killer texture to a dish. The common ratio of grain to water is 1-to-2 (1 cup uncooked quinoa to 2 cups water). I like to measure out just shy of 2 cups of water. That way, there's less of a chance of my quinoa getting mushy.
Also use every opportunity to add extra flavor! Before I cook any savory quinoa I love to sauté some shallots and garlic in some olive oil. Then I add my quinoa and toast it for a few minutes to bring out it’s nuttiness before adding my liquid.
Watch the video below to see how it's done!
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