Quinoa has become so popular lately. I bought my first bag from Whole Foods just last week. I have to say my first batch was disappointing, but then I found this website and the difference was incredible. Following the steps on this site made me fall in love with quinoa because of its amazing texture and nutty flavor. So I wanted to pass the site and advice on to you! Go out and try some quinoa!
One thing I would add, make sure to add some salt to the water when you boil the quinoa, it helps bring out the flavor.
How to make fluffy quinoa every time!
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.
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